Values at the core of who we are

NEW BEGINNINGS CHRISTIAN CHURCH

We are a community founded in the principles of God’s unbiased love and never-ending grace.

Courageous Conversations

Faith is not a simple concept, so it can be expected that there are not simple answers. In fact, in a lot of ways, faith is meant to give us questions, rather than answers. Life, morality, and justice are complicated, and reducing them to “black and white” does an injustice to the depths they can go. We believe in allowing things to be gray, and are always open to new narratives and perspectives. We encourage and explore questions of faith and life. With this mindset comes the need for us to be willing to be wrong, and we believe being wrong is a great way to grow.

Ease with Ambiguity

We recognize that the Bible is a collection of books, and is meant to be read with recognition of the cultures it came from. It is a document that comes to life through interpretation in historical and cultural context. We recognize that our own experiences affect the way we understand the scriptural text. Yet one thing is sure - the scripture message is never meant to debase, demean or dehumanize anyone. Ever.

Radical Welcome

Everyone is welcome. Period. In 2013, our congregation adopted the following statement of inclusion: We welcome all God’s children though differing in race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, physical or mental ability, political stance or theological perspective, and we affirm the faith, baptism and spiritual gifts of all Christians celebrating that all people are part of God’s good creation. We have been on a journey together seeking to live this out.

Embracing of Change

We cheat ourselves out of life if we believe we know everything about it. Throughout our lives, we continuously begin again, whether through the learning of new information, or hearing of a new perspective. Our lives are a constant transformation, and we believe in stepping into the unknown with open arms, because we recognize that we’re never done learning.

Created Out of Goodness

We believe that we have been created out of goodness, and that, regardless of the beliefs one holds, or the life one lives, that goodness is there, and should always be seen first. Communities of faith are meant to foster exploration, and be a group that can journey together through our lives.

Outward Focused

We believe that our faith community is called to serve outside of our congregation, and we are dedicated to reaching beyond just ourselves. We understand ourselves as a part of a bigger whole, and seek to support the needs of those around us by building relationships with our neighbors and community agencies. Worship isn’t just Sunday mornings - we must intentionally practice our faith every day of our lives, wherever we find ourselves.