“Our life together in Christ finds expression in our love of God, each other, and our neighbors in our community.”
We are building a stronger parish community by renewing our focus on encountering Christ in Word and Sacrament; acting justly in our neighborhoods; and building caring relationships with each other. We are becoming, even more so, a parish “where people are encouraged to question, to challenge, and to discover new ways of being in the world, in the context of a thoughtful, engaged, accepting, and welcoming community.”
We have reorganized to strengthen our life together in Christ and deepen our engagement with each other and the world by focusing on four areas of ministry: loving God (Sundays & spiritual practice), loving each other (small koinonia groups), loving our neighbors (justice and advocacy on a local level), and loving the Chapel (sustainability & growth).
- Loving God: deepening spiritual practice through a more robust Sunday morning model that includes Word and Sacrament, regular Bible study, and hospitality time. We seek to stimulate faith through creative worship, engaged conversation, and hospitable hanging out together on Sundays.
- Loving each other: creating more intention patters of “loving one another,” strengthening community, deepening relationship, and expanding the ways we accompany each other. We seek to build more caring relationships among people at the Chapel, connecting one another and building community, with special attention to the newcomers among us, young adults, families with children, retired folks, and progressives.
- Loving our neighbors: we follow Christ “at work in the world” with clearer and more focused engagement activities and actions in the neighborhoods where we live with an emphasis on working together and making a difference.
- Loving the Chapel: our organizational structure and processes of decision making need to empower people, be transparent to newcomers, help us grow, and be sustainable over the long term.