In light of Micah’s claim that what God requires of us is to Do Justice, Love Kindness, and walk humbly with our God and in service to our vision of being a caring, inclusive, and Spirit-filled community, we embrace the following substantive core values which we believe are deeply rooted in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures as well as the Wesleyan Tradition:
We strive to walk humbly with the Spirit
- We believe that we are called to make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
- We are committed to help those disciples to draw closer and closer to Jesus and to forge a deeper and deeper understanding of the God we serve by offering opportunities for:
- worship of the Triune God,
- growth in the understanding of Scripture and the Christian faith,
- growth in spiritual discipline and practice,
- the deepening of Christian friendship through laughter, fun, humor recreation, conversation, joy, and the sharing of each other’s burdens, and
- o delighting God and delighting in God.
We strive to be caring and to embody the love and kindness of Christ
- We believe that we are called to be servants of our fellow human beings;
- We are committed to offering comfort, meeting needs, responding to crises, reaching out in love by:
- Offering opportunities to our members and participants for service to the world, and for responding to the needs of our community, our nation, our world.
- Supporting the efforts of other groups and organizations to meet the needs of and reduce the suffering of the world.
- Helping our members and participants to discover the specific gifts for service to church and world that God has given them
- Providing resources to our members and participants that will allow them to be more effective and satisfied servants.
We strive to do justice and to be inclusive of all God’s children
- We believe that the Realm of God which Jesus came to initiate is intended by God to include everyone.
- We are committed to opposing unjust structures and practices in the world and in the church by:
- Providing opportunities for members and participants to become involved in efforts to end injustice and oppression.
- By offering education and resources to members and participants to become better informed around issues of justice, equality, and inclusion
- By seeking to be responsible, just, and inclusive in how we behave toward one another as a congregation.
As we pursue our substantive core values we also embrace the following behavioral core values which we believe are consistent with our call to be disciples of Jesus Christ:
- We value transparency, honesty, and good communication.
- We value humor, laughter, fun, joy, and fellowship.
- We value risk tolerance (we won’t always play it safe).
- We value pushing the boundaries at the edges of our comfort zone especially around power and privilege.
- We value prudent stewardship of time, talent, energy, and financial resources.
- We value the creation of a culture of safety for all (especially children and vulnerable persons).
- We value respect for others’ opinions, values, and hopes.
- We value being open-minded and aware of the world.