“If we think that God is really separate from the world, then perhaps we could imagine serving God as a different set of acts than serving other people. We might suppose that God really enjoyed our praise and adoration independently of how it played out in the world. But if we understand that God is thoroughly compassionate, so that whatever we do to our neighbor we also do to God, then the difference becomes minor. We serve God best by serving our neighbor.” - John B. Cobb, Jr.
We believe there is no better model for how to live than to follow, as best we can, the ethical teachings of Jesus Christ. In his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus demonstrated a different kind of power than dominance—a power with, not over—that calls us to a discipleship of care and support for our neighbors and our planet. We celebrate the diversity of gifts found in all God’s creatures and the greater good that emerges when all contributions are welcomed and respected.