We, the people called United Methodists, affirm our faith in God our Creator, in Jesus Christ our Savior, and in the Holy Spirit, our Guide.
We Believe in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
We acknowledge our complete dependence upon God in birth, in life, in death, and in life eternal. Secure in God's love, we affirm the goodness of life and confess our many sins against God's will for us as we find it in Jesus Christ. We have not always been faithful stewards of all that has been committed to us by God the Creator. We have been reluctant followers of Jesus Christ in His mission to bring all persons into a community of love. Though called by the Holy Spirit to become new creatures in Christ, we have resisted the further call to become the people of God in our dealings with each other and the earth on which we live.
We Believe in Unity of the Faith
We affirm our unity in Jesus Christ while acknowledging differences in applying our faith in different cultural contexts as we live out the Gospel. We stand united in declaring our faith that God's grace is available to all; that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
We are Doctrinal, but Questioning
United Methodists hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We are evangelical, but moderates, rather than fundamentalists. We value the intellect and modern science, while at the same time looking to the Bible as the authoritative guide for faith and practice. Methodists have a passionate faith with strong convictions, but we also recognize that the world is not always black and white. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace and compassion.
We Believe in Love for All
Grateful for God's forgiving love, in which we live and by which we are judged, and affirming our belief in the inestimable worth of each individual, we renew our commitment to become faithful witnesses to the Gospel, not alone to the ends of the earth, but also to the depths of our common life and work.
We Believe in Personal Faith and Passionate Worship
Methodists have been known for our emphasis on a personal faith, lived out in concrete ways in the world. We have historically valued well-informed and passionate preaching, worship that was lively, and small groups where people could grow in faith.
We Welcome All
Methodists have open hearts, and open minds - and welcome anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith.