Our Beliefs

As a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we take God’s call personally. When we say we are “Christian disciples, serving the world, while receiving, rejoicing, and relaying God’s grace,” we mean that we will use our voices in public witness and our hands to feed, care, and advocate for our neighbors-locally or globally. We are a place of welcome diversity.

Everything about St. John’s centers around the same hospitality that Jesus practiced– one of inclusion and extravagantly expressed love.  It’s who and whose we are and we don’t know any other way to be. For many of us, our core beliefs are also expressed via the eight points of progressive Christianity, however we are proud of our members who would describe their faith in more traditional terms.  There is grace enough at St. John’s for both.   

We welcome any and all who are seeking God’s love and grace. We welcome all because God welcomes all,  without regard to things that too often divides us. We celebrate together our unity as God’s people. St. John’s is a place for each person to shine in their own unique gifts.

We take the bible seriously but not literally.  As sacred text it guides and informs our lives. These, combined with our confession of a triune God (Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit), make us uniquely Lutheran and uniquely St. John’s.