We're not the type of faith community to define ourselves primarily by a Statement of Faith. We do have thoughts on our theological approach, but just as relevant to our group identity are our shared values around how we engage faith and relate to one another and the world around us. These values inform our choices, and we hope characterize much of what we do.
A Healthy Sense of Humility.
We’re not trying to have all the answers. We see our lives as a spiritual journey: a journey that is taking us deeper into something beyond ourselves. We see in Jesus an affection for us just as we are, as well as an invitation into something bigger; something purposeful and transformative. We’re thrilled to help others engage their own journeys, just as we know we need help to go further in ours. As we do this, we view ourselves as fellow sojourners who also struggle, doubt, discover, and yearn. We’re not the people who have it all sorted out. We want to ask and engage really deep questions because questions take us further in the journey. And we’re comfortable saying “I don’t know” as often as we need to, living in the midst of mystery.
We love parties. We love people (not "church people", just people). We love eating good food, drinking good wine or beer, having fun with others, and yes, sometimes having deep, meaningful conversation. We also see this as something Jesus was really into: hanging out with people, often around wine and food. And so we plan on doing a lot of this, not just to engage our appetites, but to engage our spirits with friendship and welcome.
We live in a cynical world, which has its reasons for cynicism. Pain is real, and it’s all around us, as well as often within us. We’re not looking to escape the pain, but we’re trying to walk through it and look to something beyond it. Jesus himself embodied hope in the midst of pain. So in spite of all the reasons for cynicism, fear, anger, and grief, we see reasons for hope, for love, for joy. That's why we keep pressing forward on the journey, encouraged when our paths are filled with moments of light to cut through the darkness.
This is the kind of faith community we envision: a Jesus-centered community marked by humility, hospitality, and hope. We invite you to join us as fellow-sojourners or supporters of the journey.