Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith: Updated September 15, 2019 UCM

I regard statements of faith as moments of reflection along the journey of one individual person within the realm of our shared community of believers. What you have before you is a living, working document. Even as our Church is Reformed and constantly reforming, so my statement of faith reflects the same in my own journey.

I believe:

God is God forever. God first loved us; in relationship with God, we learn to love God and one another as our faithful response. God does not belong to us, we belong to God. God’s calling on our lives takes many forms and is lived out in traditional and uncommon ministries.

God’s begotten Son, Jesus Christ, we call Lord and Savior, Revealer and Redeemer, Master and Friend. As incarnate God, Jesus came and lived among us for a time, teaching us through interpretation of sacred scripture, parables of earth, and radical relationships with God’s children of all ages and walks of life. Jesus, who lived, died, and rose again, is among us still, in the body of Christ, the Church, and in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus led a sacramental life; as finite human disciples, we strive to follow in his footsteps, living out his legacy, teaching as he taught, modeling his life of faith. He, like us, was baptized with water and Spirit. In the waters of baptism, we wash away our old life and are made new, adopted as God’s own, children of a new covenant and marked as Christ’s own.

Communion is one of Christ’s gifts, the gift of himself to us. Each time we remember him in bread and wine, we do show forth his glory until he comes.  Our tradition teaches us to go and make disciples, baptizing (among other names) in the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We learn about God through sharing of communal stories built through camp/retreat ministries, the church, the witness of nature, and the testimony of others who have gone before us in faith and shown the way. For faith to stick, intergenerationality is key. Together with the study of scriptures, these all teach us an ethic of God’s love, where we seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. We live out this ethic of God’s love as members of the Kingdom of God – both here now but yet not fully come into its own. Our missional purpose is to live as witnesses in the midst of this time between the times.

In the Trinity, God is God, Christ is God, and the Holy Spirit is God; each binding all together in unity. I understand the Holy Spirit as active in our lives, weaving all aspects of our life with God into One Holy Mystery. I experience the Holy most clearly in moments of stillness and thin space, especially in nature.

When the mountains and valleys are silent,
When the waters before you lay still,
The Voice of Creation will whisper:
“Listen with all of your will.”
 
Around you the wind will murmur,
A freshness from silvery air.
The Breath of the Wind is an answer,
To long unspoken prayer.
                    ~ stc
 
 
My PIF is currently active in the PCUSA’s CLC system. To view my resume, click here.

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