What We Believe
Centuries of Christian teaching and practice form our approach to spiritual formation and soul care.
Our theological positions are guided by the Nicene Creed from 325 A.D.:
We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.
We believe in God who is both sovereign and intimate, a God who cares about each of us personally and invites us into a truly personal relationship.
We believe the most important thing about us is what comes to mind when we think about God.
We believe the second most important thing about us is what comes to mind when we think about ourselves.
We believe God beckons us to a personal encounter with God in Scripture, community, prayer and centuries of Christian spiritual practices.
We believe in the reality of transformation and God's ongoing invitation to more fully live our identity as God's beloved child.
We believe the journey into the life to the full Jesus promised inevitably involves the cross and that the resurrection proclaims the power of God’s kingdom.
And we believe the deep life with God that Jesus Himself experienced is available to all of us, right here and now.