We believe that no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you should be welcomed and affirmed in spiritual community. This means that we differ in our beliefs, gender identities, cultures, romantic and sexual preferences, ages (although we’re mostly young because we are a college ministry!), ethnicity, ability, and socio-economic location. This, we believe, is to the glory of God and the Universe. While none of us are perfect, we aim to affirm, celebrate, and be sensitive to the intersections of our identities and the varied ways we exist in the world.
While all identities are welcome, all behaviors are not. We do not tolerate homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism, racism, fatphobia, or general hatefulness.
We approach the Bible as a library created by our spiritual ancestors. We study and discuss it with an open mind, looking for spiritual growth, wisdom, and sacred experience. We take the Bible seriously, but not literally. Our ancestors understood our world and history differently and we may not be able to perfectly discern their meanings. As much as we search our scripture in search of meaning and wisdom, we acknowledge ways that the text has been weaponized and seek to find ways of viewing the text that can offer healing and reconciliation. To read about what it means to be a progressive Christian, visit The Center for Progressive Christianity.
Our members belong to a variety of spiritual and religious denominations and we are supported by several. These include, but are not limited to: United Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian, and Methodist churches in the Santa Cruz/Aptos area.