We are: Seekers who discover Jesus through stories and scripture.
The Christian faith and tradition is rich in symbolism and meaning in conveying its beliefs. As a piece of that tradition, we try to use symbolism to provide reminders and meaning for us in our lives and world today. Because of this we have designed our logo to be a reminder of some important things in our faith journey.
First of all, consider the number three. There are three circles in our logo. The most positive number in symbolism, in Christian thought, is the number three. It has a central importance as the doctrine of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The number three expresses: all aspects of creation, including birth, life, and death; as well as past, present, and future; it reminds us of mind, body, and soul; and finally of man, woman and child. We take it one more step as we interpret the rings to be stories. Each ring represents a different story – one represents God’s story, one of our own story, and one represents another’s story. This reminds us that life is shared by telling stories. Life is more about listening than speaking or telling. It’s about being authentic, not perfect. It’s about the questions more than the answers. It’s about contributing more than controlling. It’s about hope not judgement. It’s about us not me.
Second, the colors have meaning. The purple is a symbol of royalty. It’s a reminder not just of the royalty that God possesses by being…well God(?!) but the royalty that he calls us into as his children. It says it this way in the book of first Peter “You are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God…” The red reminds us of blood. Discussion about blood can be a little gross, but it is today as it was back in the times of the Bible a sign/symbol of life. It reminds us of the life and blood that Jesus sacrificed as an example of what the fullness of love is willing to endure. But it also reminds us of the life now that we have to live in the fullness of his love as we try to endure with others the hardships of life, relationships, nature, job, finances, etc. And finally, there is green. Green is the symbol of new life, just like in spring. It reminds us of the story in the Garden of Eden, where at one point creation was in harmony with God and with itself. The green reminds us that we can be partners with God in trying to re-establish harmony among people, in creation, among nations – and that it all starts in our neighborhoods.
We utilize symbols and meaning in many places and ways in the church, and we could write volumes on them and their meaning, but they are things that get learned over time. But here are some of the other general but important things that we believe.
We believe that Jesus summed up the Law of Moses and the prophets when he said, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind. And a second is like it; love your neighbor as yourself. All of the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets rest on these two commandments.”
Love is the lens we must use in deciding what we believe. Our culture gives us a paradox: the pursuit of individualism leads us to a place of hunger for loving community. Our world hungers for more than friendship. Many millions suffer because of their living environment. Taking the loneliness of our culture and all the ills of humanity and creation into account and with Jesus’ admonition to love our neighbor unconditionally, we set forth our articles of belief.
- The Christian scriptures are infallible in teaching the Divine way of love and justice.
- God’s love is unconditional and universal. No one is beyond His loving care and parenting. His justice burns against those who oppress and destroy the poor, the sick and the hungry. His love blesses the weak, the peacemakers, and those that mourn.
- In His love for the world He gave His only Son, Jesus, whom we believe, is both man and God. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.” We believe Jesus came to bring reconciliation, healing and salvation to his creation. And that those who believe in him and follow in the Jesus Way will have abundant and everlasting life.
- The Holy Spirit lives in the followers of Jesus and arouses our consciousness leading us into the new life promised by Jesus where compassionate and merciful living emulates His life.
- Acts of kindness like giving water to the thirsty, feeding the hungry and visiting those in jail are acts done directly to Jesus. Those who do not participate in mercy and compassion will be cast into eternity separated from God.
- Jesus will appear once again on Earth, in bodily form, to finish the total re-creation of God’s perfect kingdom.
Matt. 22:34-40; 2 Tim. 3:16; John 3:16-17; James 5:1-6; Gen 6:6-8; John 14:6; John 16:5-15; Acts 1:8; Eph 4:14-16: Matt. 25:26-46; John 14:3