Worship every 1st & 3rd Sunday. Small group discussion every 2nd & 4th Sunday. 4pm ET.
I believe that God is an uncreated Trinity and that, before anything else existed, Father, Spirit, and Son existed in mutually edifying, other-centered, self-giving love. This means that the foundation of all existence is a community of persons in loving relationship and that has everything to do with how Christians should engage their faith in the world. I believe that God created the world out of love and bestowed on it genuine freedom, which is after all, what love requires. I believe that human beings tend to cast off the other-centered, self-giving love that the Trinity models as the biblical stories of Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel try to illustrate. I think that when we cast off such love we make a mess of things, becoming alienated from God, ourselves, others, and creation. I believe that God sent the Spirit and then the Son into creation to liberate us. Jesus (the Son) modeled on earth the self-giving love of the Trinity in his life and death. While I think that no one model of atonement is sufficient, I do believe the death of Jesus on the cross was tied to this push for liberation rather than to a need to satisfy an angry God. I believe in the resurrection of Jesus and that the resurrection was the first fruits of a new creation. I believe that just as God sent the Spirit and the Son, God now sends the church into the world to model other-centered, self-giving love as well as to proclaim and create liberation. I believe that God invites each of us into the Trinitarian dance of love begun before the foundation of the world. I also believe that people who believe radically different things than me will feel the embrace of God in the new creation.