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Because God sent His Son to lay down His life to call us friends; we value the friendship with God we have in Jesus Christ. Because we too have been far off, we joyously share with others God's invitation to come near by the blood of Christ. We seek to be an organic and missional community, part of God's ever-widening circle of friends and reign upon the earth.

Because God's life (as Father, Son and Spirit) is the source of all relationship and community; we seek to live in relational community, offering ourselves to God as living members of the body of Christ. Because God has prepared a place for us and welcomes all prodigals home; we honor God's welcome to people from any culture, ethnicity, orientation, economic situation or social position.

Because Christ came not to condemn the world, but to save and reconcile it; we value authentic relationships with God, others, and all creation. We seek to walk lightly upon the earth and to participate in God's creating, redeeming and sustaining dream for the world.

Because God sent Jesus into the world, not to be served, but to serve, and because no servant is greater than his master; we seek to follow in the way of the cross, in obedience to the reign of God. Ever deepening our awareness of the costs of discipleship, we seek to practice (as best as we are able) forms of true religion, by aiding orphans and widows in distress and keeping our hearts unstained by the world.

The wisdom of past ages without a vision of the future is irrelevant, but a vision of the future ignorant of the lessons of the past is irresponsible. The practices of those who have come before us in the faith are deep roots that support us as we grow together towards God's future. We value the traditions handed on to us that are of the Gospel. We hold them as treasure entrusted to us for future generations. We will use them creatively to illuminate the path we are walking, within the emerging culture and towards the Kingdom of God.

Because the fear of God is the start of wisdom; we drink deeply from the well of scripture, the story of salvation and written testimony to Jesus Christ passed on to us by our ancestors in the faith. The scriptures form and guide our walk of faith, and bear witness to the word of God who is Jesus Christ. Because God is beautiful, and has made a beautiful world; we value creative and artistic expression in our individual lives. Art, poetry, dance, music, when directed towards God, reflect the beauty and wisdom of God's incarnate Word in the person of Jesus Christ.

Because God's truth became flesh in Jesus; we seek to be an authentic community in the presence of truth. We live faithfully in light of the truth of God in Jesus Christ. We also will attend to the emergence of God's Kingdom in our world and in our personal and communal becoming.

This life is therefore,
not righteousness,
but growth in righteousness,
not health, but healing,
not being, but becoming,
not rest, but exercise.
We are not yet what we shall be,
but we are growing toward it,
the process is not yet finished
but it is going on,
this is not the end,
but it is the road.
All does not yet gleam in glory,
But all is being purified.
Martin Luther, Defense of the Articles- 1521


Because Christ calls us to abundant life; we seek to live joyously in light of God's presence and celebrate the release and freedom that life in the Spirit brings, Ever aware that the movements of the Spirit are both uncontrollable and unpredictable, we seek only to surf the holy wind, breathe deep God's holy presence, and enjoy the holy ride.