We believe in God the Father who has called forth a people of faith.
We believe in God’s Son Jesus Christ who lived, died and rose again.
We believe in the Holy Spirit.
We believe the Church is the Body of Christ, the community of believers.
We believe in the Authority of Scripture through leading of the Holy Spirit.
We believe in Christ as Lord and God’s mission of reconciliation through peace and justice.
We are children of God’s Peace
“We who were formerly no people at all, and who knew of no peace, are now called to be… a church… of peace. True Christians do not know vengeance. They are the children of peace. Their hearts overflow with peace. Their mouths speak peace, and they walk in the way of peace.” (to quote Menno Simons)
We are followers of this Jesus who
described the blessed vision for the realm of God
We’ve decided not to just put it off until “some heaven light years away”9
We believe peace is to be dared “here in this place”,
We believe peace is to be imagined in our times
In God’s name, by Jesus’ example, in hope of his truth
We believe the beatitudes are not just a pretty metaphor
We don’t just pine away for peace,
we believe that with God’s direction and protection
we can actually work for peace — like the MCC button says10
We take this job description seriously: this blessing and being blessed
We are the ones who value the poor in spirit, the humble, the meek
We are the ones who will comfort the mourning,
and find comfort with each other and with God
We are the ones who seek nourishment and fulfillment by seeking justice,
who break this bread and drink this cup with others and on behalf of others
We crave and serve up mercy, because God is love and has loved us first
We do not see the world with malice but with purity