WHAT WE BELIEVE


Everyone believes something. Everyone has a creed, even if it begins with, "I believe it's wrong to believe in creeds." 

We believe it's important to hold our beliefs intentionally, thoughtfully, and communally. Our beliefs come from the God-inspired Story told in the Bible, which we have experienced to be the most intentional, thoughtful and communal of stories ever written. This Story points to, centers on, and finds its deepest meaning in Jesus of Nazareth. 

The ancient and most uniting of all Christian belief statements, the Apostle's Creed, sums up our faith well and unites us with Christians around the world:

"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
      and born of the virgin Mary.
      He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
      was crucified, died, and was buried;
      he descended to hell.
      The third day he rose again from the dead.
      He ascended to heaven
      and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
      From there 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. Amen."

*that is, the church of all times and all places