WHAT WE BELIEVE
A PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
We teach the scriptures seriously but not literally. We are a pro-gay, pro-woman, pro-poor, pro-immigrant community based in extravagant hospitality. We have a deeply ecological faith. We affirm the integrity of all faiths and of the seeker as she or he journey along. We value the questions more than the answers.
SOURCES OF REVELATION
We honor the Bible as written by people and inspired by God. We acknowledge that all parts of the Bible were written at certain times and within certain contexts. We realize that the Bible must be interpreted anew for every generation and context.
Reason is a gift from God and a tool of revelation. God speaks to humankind in many ways, including science, the arts and our experiences.
Finally, church tradition can inform our understanding of how God has revealed Godself to the world in the past. While we are not bound by church dogma or ritual, we honor the experiences of the church universal.
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
STATEMENT OF FAITH
—adapted by Robert V. Moss
We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother, and to whose deeds we testify:
God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image, and sets before us the ways of life and death.
God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
God judges all humanity and all nations by that will of righteousness declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord,God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.
God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.
God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God.
Pastor Gage Church preaches from the standpoint of Progressive Christianity. These are the eight points of Progressive Christianity as written by the Center for Progressive Christianity:
By calling ourselves progressive, we mean we are Christians who …
Believe that following the path and teachings of Jesus can lead to an awareness and experience of the Sacred and the Oneness and Unity of all life.
Affirm that the teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways to experience the Sacredness and Oneness of life, and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey.
Seek community that is inclusive of ALL people, including but not limited to:
Conventional Christians and questioning skeptics
Believers and agnostics
Women and men
Those of all sexual orientations and gender identities
Those of all classes and abilities
Know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe.
Find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning
than in absolutes.
Strive for peace and justice among all people.
Strive to protect and restore the integrity of our Earth.
Commit to a path of life-long learning, compassion, and selfless love.
We celebrate two sacraments:
Baptism: Baptism is a symbolic washing away of old life and entry into a new life,
a life of seeking to be at one with God.
Holy Communion: We remember Jesus’ Last Supper through the sharing of bread and wine or juice. Through this symbolic meal, we remember all that Jesus did and continues to do for us. While the Christ spirit is always present among us, we especially mark that presence during the Holy Communion sacrament.