Principles of a Progressive Church

  1. Proclaim Jesus Christ as our gate to the realm of God;
  2. Recognize the faithfulness of other people who have other names for the gateway to God’s realm;
  3. Understand our sharing of bread and wine in Jesus’ name to be a representation of God’s feast for all peoples;
  4. Invite all people to join in our worship and in our common life as full partners, including (but not limited to):
    • Believers and agnostics
    • Conventional Christians and questioning skeptics
    • Homosexuals and heterosexuals
    • Males and females
    • Those of all races and cultures
    • Those of all classes and abilities
    • The despairing and the hopeful
  5. Think that the way we treat one another and other people is more important than the way we express our beliefs;
  6. Find more grace in the search for meaning than in absolute certainty, in the questions than in the answers;
  7. See ourselves as a spiritual community in which we discover the resources required for our work in the world: striving for justice and peace among all people, bringing hope to those Jesus called the least of his sisters and brothers;
  8. Recognize that our faith entails costly discipleship, renunciation of privilege, and conscientious resistance to evil – as has always been the tradition of the church.