We affirm the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed (included below) which anchor us to a tradition of theological reflection that has guided life and thought in diverse Christian communities across the centuries. We also offer the following three statements that reflect our church’s core beliefs.
Jesus lived as a flesh and blood human. He welcomed children, cooked meals for his friends, pursued dreams, and challenged oppressive systems. Jesus is also divine. All things were created through him, all things are held together in him, and he will make all things new. Through his life, death on the cross, and resurrection, he triumphed over sin, shame, and death, releasing us from their power so that we can connect fully to God, one another, and the world. Jesus is present and alive to our every joy and sorrow, offering inner peace that is beyond our circumstances. He transcends all human institutions and systems, and he is particularly committed to those who are disempowered. The friendship of Jesus is always, everywhere, and for everyone, good.
PEOPLE AND THE CHURCH
Human beings are created by God in God's image; we are thus inherently valuable and made for relationship. To foster relationship, we engage in spiritual practices that connect us to God and others, we refrain from judgment while cultivating generosity and vulnerability, and we pursue our own maturity and well-being. We joyfully engage with all domains of human society -- work, play, science, the arts -- while being particularly committed to the Church, the community of people centered around Jesus. Through the Church, Jesus makes himself known to the world, empowering the Church by the Holy Spirit to carry forward his mission of reuniting us with God and bringing peace and justice into human society.
The Bible is a unique communication that reveals God. Through the Bible, God reveals to us God's heart, mind, and intentions for people and the created world. Rooted in particular times and places, the Bible has come to encompass multiple written works by varied authors from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Taken as a whole, the Bible tells the story of God’s unfolding relationship with humanity, with Jesus at the center. Our own stories are filled with meaning and purpose when understood as part of its narrative, and successful interpretation produces personal and communal fruitfulness. We interact with the Bible as we would a living being, bringing to it our questions, doubts, and fears, and expecting it to challenge, frustrate, inspire, and encourage us.
Apostles Creed (~5th century)
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Nicene Creed (~381 C.E.)
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.