The Stand We Take

We believe God’s love for the world is an active and engaged love, a love seeking justice and liberty.  We cannot just be observers.  So we care enough about people’s lives to risk interpreting God’s love, to take a stand, to call each of us into a response, no matter how controversial or complex. [1]

We believe in God, Creator of the world; and in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of creation. We believe in the Holy Spirit, through whom we acknowledge God’s gifts, and we repent of our sin in misusing these gifts to idolatrous ends.

We affirm the natural world as God’s handiwork and dedicate ourselves to its preservation, enhancement, and faithful use by humankind.

We joyfully receive for ourselves and others the blessings of community, sexuality, marriage, and the family.

We commit ourselves to the rights of men, women, children, youth, young adults, the aging, and people with disabilities; to improvement of the quality of life; and to the rights and dignity of all persons.

We believe in the right and duty of persons to work for the glory of God and the good of themselves and others and in the protection of their welfare in so doing; in the rights to property as a trust from God, collective bargaining, and responsible consumption; and in the elimination of economic and social distress.

We dedicate ourselves to peace throughout the world, to the rule of justice and law among nations, and to individual freedom for all people of the world.

We believe in the present and final triumph of God’s Word in human affairs and gladly accept our commission to manifest the life of the gospel in the world. Amen. [2]

Want to know more about what we believe?  Check out the Articles of Religion and Confession of FaithRead the Sermons of John Wesley and his Notes on the BibleLook at the way we live our lives and the work we do; for this is the truest reflection of what we actually believe.

[1]  Adapted from The United Methodist Book of Resolutions: 2012 (The United Methodist Publishing House: Nashville, 2012), p27.

[2] “Our Social Creed,” The United Methodist Book of Discipline: 2012 (The United Methodist Publishing House: Nashville, 2012), ¶166 (p141).