What We Value

“Open Doors! Open Hearts! Open Minds!” is our “Values Statement” at St. Paul’s. This is the standard by which we question everything we do and everything we decide. This constant reminder helps us hold fast to the life and words of Jesus who said, “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” (John 13:34)

OPEN DOORS

At St. Paul’s we try to be faithful to our Lord’s example by welcoming everyone who walks through our open doors, and by loving people just as they are. We’re ordinary, friendly people doing our best to face—and help others face—the often extraordinary circumstances of life.  Believers, skeptics, single, married, divorced, partnered; whoever you are, and wherever you are in your walk with God, St. Paul’s welcomes you!

“So, come, you who have much faith
and you who have little;
you who have been to church often,
and you who have not been for a long time;
you who have tried to follow the Lord,
and you who have failed.
Come, because it is Christ who invites you,
and it is God’s will that those who desire Jesus
should meet him here.”  (Invitation to the Eucharist, Iona Community, Scotland)

OPEN HEARTS

At St. Paul’s we believe Jesus brought the Good News, not the bad news. Like the Apostle Paul, we recognize “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Who, then, are we to judge others?  Perhaps the lifelong Anglican* poet, Oscar Wilde, best expressed the deep compassion of Jesus we seek to follow with open hearts at St. Paul’s:

“Jesus understood the leprosy of the leper,
The darkness of the blind,
The fierce misery of those who live for pleasure,
The strange poverty of the rich,
And the thirst that can make people drink from muddy water.”

OPEN MINDS

At St. Paul’s we believe Jesus came to take away our sins, not our ability to reason. We proclaim the Word of God in a way that speaks to our lives today.  We do not claim to have all the answers; like the great 16th century Anglican* Richard Hooker, we believe life is “just a little more complicated than that.” Together we try to discern God’s will with open minds guided by scripture, tradition, and reason.

*The Episcopal Church is part of the Worldwide Anglican Communion