Open Arms Mission Statement

Embracing our community with open arms, love, respect and acceptance

We are a vibrant, progressive, boldly inclusive church.

We build bridges among our diverse communities, both locally and globally.

We seek to liberate the world by constantly transforming hearts and minds as Jesus did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Come, taste, and see.” Jesus Christ, You invite all people to Your open table. You make us Your people, a beloved community. You restore the joy of our relationship with God, even in the midst of loneliness, despair, and degradation. We are each unique and we all belong, a priesthood of all believers. Baptized and filled with Your Holy Spirit, You empower us to be Your healing presence in a hurting world.

We expect to see Your reign on earth as it is in heaven as we work toward a world where everyone has enough, wars cease, and all creation lives in harmony. We affirm Your charge to all of humanity to care for the land, sea, and air. Therefore, we will actively resist systems and structures which are destroying Your creation.

With all of creation we worship You—every tribe, every language, every people, every nation. We know You by many names, Triune God, beyond comprehension, revealed to us in Jesus Christ, who invites us to the feast. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Metropolitan Community Churches are on a bold mission to transform hearts, lives, and history. MCC recognizes a state of need    around the world in the areas of human rights and justice. As people of faith, we have a responsibility to act on behalf of those who cannot effect change on their own. We endeavor to build bridges that liberate and unite voices of sacred defiance.

We are a denomination that faithfully proclaims God’s inclusive love for all people and proudly bears witness to the holy integration    of spirituality and sexuality.  Just as Jesus did, we are called to:

 

* Do justice, show kindness, and live humbly with God. (Micah 6:8)

 

* Explore life’s questions with open hearts and minds.

 

* Raise our voices in sacred defiance against religious and political or systemic exclusion.

 

* Reach out to those with no hope.

 

* Lift up new generations of remarkable, far-reaching spiritual activists.

 

 

 

Statement of Faith

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