What is unique to our story?
- Love that accepts the belonging of others and our own belonging.
- Love that recognizes the interconnectedness of all of creation and discovering the ways we intersect, while bending the arc of human history towards justice.
- Love that values relationship, honesty, and doubt over being right.
What is the foundation of our story?
- The universal reality is relationship. Our point of access to the Trinity is through a loving human face - ultimately Jesus, who tells us each member of the Trinity accepts that they are fully accepted by the other.
- Religion, therefore is not credal, but relational, inviting people into the flow of relationship, accepting we are already accepted, regardless or our belief in the Trinity.
- This Trinitarian understanding of reality informs our hermeneutic, and the structure of the community we create, a community that acts justly, loves mercy, and walks humbly with God.
What are the hermeneutical principles that guide us?
- The Bible, the inspired sacred text of our faith, is one of the means through which we experience the Trinitarian God, and the catalyst of our dynamic conversation about faith and reality.
- Our interpretive key for understanding the Bible is the Incarnate Christ ("You have heard it said...").
- The Trinity is revealing all truth, through Scripture, tradition, reason, science and experience, as we are able to bear it. (John 14)
What leadership values best guide the community of faith?
- Churches that covenant to exhibit relational trust, recognize healthy relationships are the highest example of success.
- Churches that value inclusive, collaborative leadership of self-aware individuals, result in mutual deference and empowerment.
- Egalitarian churches that have intentional placement of female and male voices in visible leadership roles (age/gender/sexuality/race/ethnicity/ability.) are a priority.
All of this moves us toward our mission, reconciliation of the creation to the Trinity.