No, we are not an institution that will tell you how you “should” interact with the Spirit. No, we are not a place that believes your weekly check ins are a reflection of your commitment to the Divine. No we do not expect you to prove anything beyond our culture covenant to be considered a member.
And kinda, yes...
Yes, we will offer lots of opportunities to engage the Spirit. Yes, we desire to gather with you and co-create sacred interaction with the Divine. Yes, we want to be in deliberate community.
If we had a "dogma"...
It’s okay if you don’t want to label your encounter or curiosity as anything “God-related.” Source, God, Flow, Love, Energy ...OR WHATEVER.... seems to be stronger than our need to name it. We use many of these words interchangably for simplicity's sake.
We really do welcome anyone. You are welcome. Your angry neighbor is welcome, your rude boss is welcome, your athiest brother is welcome, your UFO hunting mailman is welcome, your middle-eastern local store owner is welcome, your spanish speaking teacher, your- well, you get it.
Community is messy. We’re not trying to fix that. Mess is part of gathering people. We accept that.
People should be sharing their experiences with God/Love/Source/Flow/Energy
We have great respect for the sacred writings of the Bible. We treat it seriously and rarely literally.
“Believing” doesn’t mean you stop doubting and asking questions. In fact, it may mean you're really paying attention.
the more we learn of and experience God/Love/Source/Flow/Energy, the more questions we have
miracles happen, sometimes quickly, but mostly, they are so slow in coming
we need each other to know God/Love/Source/Flow/Energy fully
it is our human responsibility to advocate for and tangibly love our poor, marginalized, and oppressed. Our abilities to do that will only increase as we connect more with God/Love/Source/Flow/Energy
in equality and dignity for all regardless of sex, race, socioeconomic status, or a myriad of other things that typically cause us to power up on others
In regards to Jesus Christ:
Several of us would identify with the idea of wanting to act with the same intentions of Jesus (AKA, being Christian) but we are embarrassed by how the word "Christian" has been used to mistreat people. We notice how Christendom has caused so much destruction. We are sorry for our part in that pain. Therefore many of us opt out of claiming a title associated with that pain any longer.
The historical Jesus was radical: liberating the oppressed, crossing social and cultural boundaries to include others... And when someone says "Christ-like" or "Christian" those are the charactistics we want to emulate