I believe in one loving Triune God, who, through the redeeming sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ, saves all those who turn to and place their trust in God.
I believe that because of this gift of grace we are freed from fear and therefore called to glorify God and to express that freedom, through our worship, through our service to those inside and outside the church, and through our care for God’s creation.
I believe that in the act of resurrection, God affirmed Jesus’ teachings and Jesus’ life as models for the church and for all humanity.
I believe that the call to proclaim the gospel and the call to exhibit the kingdom of heaven on earth demand that the church and its members live in such a way as to demonstrate to all that world that humanity can do better than it has, can treat each other with love, compassion and respect regardless of the walls that have divided us in the past.
I believe that the Bible is our “unique and authoritative witness” to God’s word, and that the interpretive power of the Holy Spirit has kept that witness relevant and new for all generations and will continue to do so, as long as we look to and trust in that power.
I believe that the whole Bible is our guide, and that all interpretation must conform itself to the overarching story of the steadfast love of God, that is explicit in both the Old and New Testaments.
I believe that the church must take an active role in promoting and sustaining justice and righteousness in the world. And that this role will lead the church out of its comfort zone and into places that can threaten its very existence.
I believe, because of its unique ability to empower believers and to bring them into the presence of God, worship must be at the heart of all that the church’s activities. I also believe that the church must constantly wrestle with keeping worship connected with and faithful to the great traditions of the past while being vital in and relevant to the changing context of the culture it finds itself in.
I believe that in the sacraments, uniquely among the works of the church, the actions of humans become those of God. In Baptism, human words and human actions give us visible signs of God’s action in our lives. In the Eucharist, human words and earthly elements allow for an unparalleled experience of the presence of God in our lives. I also believe that in the promises we make one another in Baptism and in the regular celebration of the Eucharist, God builds the community of the church, strengthening the bonds that joins us, and helping us to over come the things that divide us.