Statement of Inclusion

Who is welcome here? Everyone.

We believe that as a church and as individuals, we are called to emulate Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God he proclaimed and embodied — both characterized by the radical freedom, grace, justice, love, and inclusion of the Divine Trinity. For us this means we seek to welcome anyone and everyone. In the words of the apostle Peter, “We are all saved in the same way, by the grace of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 15:11).

We believe in and strive for unity, not uniformity—a unity that is found in our common trust in Jesus Christ, our common identification as members of his body and ambassadors of his kingdom, and our common commitment to growing in Christlike character and care for the sake of our city and our world. Our church community contains much difference within it—across race, ethnicity, and culture; relational status, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression; socioeconomic status and educational attainment; native Washingtonians, transplants, and those just here for a season. (Most recently, we shared in June 2020 our journey and posture of full inclusion around human sexuality.)

This kind of community is not easy — it requires sacrifices on all of our parts — but in Christ all things are possible.

All are welcome to participate, to serve, and to lead as the Spirit empowers us. We need one another to reflect and to experience the fullness of God’s family.