Saturday, December 04, 2010

Some things that set us apart from other churches

The world needs all kinds of churches, or varying manifestations of the church. One can find healthy spirituality in many different churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and various kinds of community. We also think the world needs our kind too. Here is a quick handle on what makes us different.

The Welcome Table means...

Following the radical Jesus in deeds not creeds.
While both gathering in worship and scattering into the neighborhood in mission are important, we choose to place our resources first in mission and invite people to partner with us and join us in service first to our community throughout the week at our special events or at our community center.
Our Welcome Table of Worship is open to all, though, who welcome all, regardless of belief or denomination, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical abilities, economic status, or political affiliations. We don’t think Jesus would have it any other way. We don't mind being a small, real, relational group; it allows us to be big dreamers and doers.

A Free Universalist Christian Missional Community means....

Free because we are non-creedal. We don’t give theological tests for admission, but encourage you to test us and try us to see if this way is for you.
Universalist because we believe God is Love and All who abide in Love abide in God for all time (1 John 4:16).
Christian because the generous compassionate way and story of Jesus, while not exclusively so, is our primary pathway opening up to God. We are a Christian church where you don't have to be Christian to be welcome and affirmed.
Missional because we are sent to serve others more than ourselves.
Community because we are made not to be autonomous individuals but to be a people of God.

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