Our beliefs are a campfire that we gather around, not a fence that marks our boundaries. We value many different expressions of Christian faith, and we find that the United Church of Christ's statement of faith expresses the things we agree on:
- We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother, and to whose deeds we testify:
- God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image, and sets before us the ways of life and death.
- God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
- God judges all humanity and all nations by that will of righteousness declared through prophets and apostles.
- In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord, God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.
- God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
- God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.
- God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end.
- Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God.
But what about ... women? Our pastor is a woman, and women hold half the seats on our Council.
But what about... LGBTQ folks? There are no barriers to life and leadership at Zion. We are Open and Affirming. All means all.
But what about ... hell? The answer to this question depends on what you mean by "hell" and who you ask. We all agree that God is love, that the Good News is good the whole way through, and that grace is the foundation for everything God does. Listen to some of Pastor Beth's teaching on this.
But what about ... abortion and pacifism and political parties and immigration and everything else people argue about? There is nothing that will deepen your spiritual maturity like listening to someone who disagrees with you. God calls us into community with people who are different so that we all become more like Jesus. We make room for people to disagree and to change their minds ... or not. Bottom line: we love each other.