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Beliefs

What We Believe

We are evangelical.
We are a church founded on the good news of Jesus Christ. His cross is the norm for our theology and reading of scripture. His reconciling work stands at the heart of our proclamation and ministry. He did not come to increase our burden but to give us rest from the powers that oppress us.


We are Biblical.

The Bible bears God's Word, who is Christ, to our world. We encounter Christ through the stories and the witness contained in Scripture as well as through the sacraments of Holy Communion and Holy Baptism. The Bible is authoritative for us, and Christ helps us engage the Bible with its many perspectives and complexities. 


We are confessional.
Our witness is grounded in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments; the Apostle's, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord.


We are publicly engaged.
Our civic engagement grows out of God's love and grace for the world in Jesus Christ. Our national church body publishes social statements to assist congregations in thinking about and discussing a wide variety of social issues. 

Evangelical Lutheran Church In America (ELCA)

We exist in partnership with other ELCA congregations across the nation. Our common witness to Jesus Christ is rooted in God's grace through Christ for the world.