Methodist Social Creed

We believe in God, Creator of the world; and in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of creation. We believe in the Holy Spirit, through whom we acknowledge God’s gifts, and we repent of our sin in misusing these gifts to idolatrous ends.

We affirm the natural world as God’s handiwork and dedicate ourselves to its preservation, enhancement, and faithful use by humankind.

We joyfully receive for ourselves and others the blessings of community, sexuality, marriage, and the family.

We commit ourselves to the rights of men, women, children, youth, young adults, the aging, and people with disabilities; to improvement of the quality of life; and to the rights and dignity of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities.

We believe in the right and duty of persons to work for the glory of God and the good of themselves and others and in the protection of their welfare in so doing; in the rights to property as a trust from God, collective bargaining, and responsible consumption; and in the elimination of economic and social distress.

We dedicate ourselves to peace throughout the world, to the rule of justice and law among nations, and to individual freedom for all people of the world.

We believe in the present and final triumph of God’s Word in human affairs and gladly accept our commission to manifest the life of the gospel in the world.

Amen.

From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church - 2000.
Copyright 2000 by The United Methodist Publishing House.

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A Triune God

We believe in God's self revelation as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three distinct but inseparable parts.

  • The Father - We believe in one true, holy, and living God who is creator, sovereign, and preserver of all things visible and invisible. God is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness, and love. God is eternally present extending grace for the well-being and salvation of all people.
  •  The Son - We believe that God is most clearly known in and through the life of Jesus of Nazareth who is the living Word of God and source and measure of all valid Christian teaching. We believe in the mystery of salvation through the redeeming love of God found in the teachings, life, death, resurrection, and promised return of Christ Jesus. Through Christ, we discover and experience God's love and grace and are reconciled with God.
  •  The Holy Spirit - We believe that God's love is realized in human life by the activity of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God's constant presence in our lives where we find strength and help in need. The Spirit comforts, sustains, and empowers us.

God's Grace

We believe in God's grace and free, unmerited, gift of love and forgiveness that reaches out to all in the world. As United Methodists, we understand God's grace as that which draws us to God; helps us to truly see our lives as they are; motivates us to seek God's presence, forgiveness, and direction; and inspires us to live lives that are faithful to God's Word.

Journey of Faith

We believe, that with God, new beginnings are possible. We acknowledge the reality and power of human sin and brokenness that separates us from God, one another, and the whole of God's creation. Through faith, we are justified and made right once more with God. We are, forgiven and freed to live as God's people. For some, this experience may be sudden and dramatic while for others it is more of a gradual awakening. We acknowledge God's continuous presence and activity throughout our lives that enables us to grow in faith and love for God, neighbor, self, and creation..

Our Human Calling

We believe that our human response to God's gifts of grace and faith leads to a desire to extend this gift to others. We endeavor to live and work in ways that reveal God's love and salvation and to bring peace, reconciliation, justice, and love to the world.

The Sacraments

We believe that there are two sacraments ordained by Christ as symbols and pledges of God's love for us - Baptism & Communion. Entrance into the church is acknowledged in Baptism and may include persons of all ages. The United Methodist Church recognizes that Baptism is a work and grace of God and as such is wholly acceptable once and for all. We believe in the Lord's Supper as a memorial of the suffering and death of Christ and as a celebration of our union with the living Christ as we join him at his table. In the United Methodist Church ALL are welcome to Christ's table regardless of age, ability, background, orientation, or church affiliation.

One Universal Church

We believe that as United Methodists we belong to a larger communion and acknowledge the oneness of the church in Christ Jesus.

Wesleyan Quadrilateral

To all else, in the words of our founder, John Wesley, we "think and let think!" In this endeavor, we are guided, shaped and informed by what is now called the Wesleyan quadrilateral of scripture, tradition, reason, and experience.

  • The Holy Bible is our primary source for God's revelation to the world. Biblical authors testify to God's self-disclosure in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as well as in God's work of creation, in the pilgrimage of Israel, and in the Holy Spirit's ongoing activity in human history.
  • Tradition informs our understanding and experience of God through the rich offerings of generations of Christian thinkers, preachers, saints, and people of faith.
  • Experience is the personal appropriation of God's forgiving and empowering grace. We examine experience, both personal and church-wide, to confirm the realities of God's grace attested to in scripture.
  • Reason - although we recognize that God's revelation and our experiences of God's grace continually surpass the scope of human reason, we also believe that as people of faith, we are called to use our gifts of reason.
 
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