June 7, 2015

Pastor Letter

As United Methodists we encompass a broad range of theological and ethical perspectives. We also have core commitments that unite, challenge and call us. As we celebrate Peace with Justice Sunday, we remember our United Methodist Social Creed, and seek for the spirit to fulfill its calling among us.

Pastor Mark

Our Social Creed

“We believe in God, Creator of the world;
and in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of creation.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
through whom we acknowledge God’s gifts,
and we repent of our sin in misusing these gifts to idolatrous ends.
We affirm the natural world as God’s handiwork
and dedicate ourselves to its preservation, enhancement, and
faithful use by humankind.
We joyfully receive for ourselves and others the blessings of
community, sexuality, marriage, and the family.
We commit ourselves to the rights of men, women, children,
youth, young adults, the aging, and people with disabilities;
to improvement of the quality of life; and
to the rights and dignity of all persons.

We believe in the right and duty of persons to work for the glory
of God and the good of themselves and others and
in the protection of their welfare in so doing;
in the rights to property as a trust from God,

collective bargaining, and responsible consumption;
and in the elimination of economic and social distress.
We dedicate ourselves to peace throughout the world,
to the rule of justice and law among nations, and to individual
freedom for all people of the world.
We believe in the present and final triumph of God’s Word in
human affairs and gladly accept our commission to manifest
the life of the gospel in the world. Amen.”

2012 Book of Discipline