There are many approaches to describing faith and belief. Our hope as a community is to build unity around simple beliefs about Jesus and our relationship with him. One of the oldest expressions of simple belief is known as the Apostles Creed, which dates sometime before AD 390. We believe this simple statement offers many opportunities for discussion and exploration as we all seek to deepen our relationship with Jesus.

We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
We 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.
We 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.
Amen.
*the word “catholic” means “universal”, serving as an acknowledgement that Jesus' church spans 2000 years of congregations manifested in countless expressions.

 

We also believe that followers of Jesus are called to follow him as a subject would follow a caring and compassionate king.

We believe that we live in the time in-between the Resurrection of Jesus and his return one day. The Resurrection assured his victory over evil and exhausted the power of sin.  At his return, the Kingdom of God will be fully manifested, setting the world right, ending sin and injustice, and repairing damage done to people and nature by evil.

We believe that all followers of Jesus are called to live according to the ethos and priorities of God’s future kingdom while living now in a world of

injustice, suffering, and sin. We believe that the presence of God’s kingdom is already, but not yet… so we journey through our lives with both tears and celebration, while putting all our trust in the good news of Jesus, that he is the risen king, has defeated evil, forgiven all our sins and shortcomings, and is actively committed to change us, change our community, and change the world.