The Mission of Church of the Redeemer is to reclaim Christianity as a faith of extravagant grace, radicalinclusion and relentless compassion.
At Church of the Redeemer, every member is a minister of the church. We believe we are here to serve, not to be served. To that end, we embrace five core values.
- We are a people of Compassion.
- We are a people of Inclusion.
This is a value Jesus held. We believe Jesus came to include, not to exclude. All are welcome around God’s table.
- We are a people of Liberation.
We seek to challenge all oppression, particularly the oppression of queer people. By embodying grace we live out our liberation until all are set free.
- We are a people of Hope.
We are people filled with joy and unrelenting optimism because we believe God is good. With God, all things are possible. God can use us to transform the world.
- We are a people of Jesus.
We believe Jesus was the incarnation of God’s grace. Jesus was the ultimate liberal, who resisted the status quo of oppression and showed us the way to the abundant life God intends for all people.
A paradigm is a general conception, model or “worldview” based on our Vision, Mission, and Core Values that defines the way we think and act. It establishes how we see things and do things. Church of the Redeemer subscribes to the following six paradigms:
- We are a Church.
- Our priorities are Cell & Celebration.
We are a church large enough to change the world, but small enough to care for an individual. Our mission cannot be fulfilled until every person who feels excluded from the family of God receives an antidote to that poisonous lie. While tackling that ministry, we must also be sure that each of our members is cared for.
- We are a liberal Christian Church.
By that we mean that we willingly embrace such traditionally liberal values as helping and advocating for the poor, valuing the environment and recognizing as sinful such oppressive attitudes as sexism, ageism, racism and homophobia.
- Caring for those who are hurting or in need is the chief expression of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Caring for others is the soul of who we are. It keeps us from being consumed with ourselves. It is the antidote for the toxic effects of the materialism that is consuming our society. In a hurting and hopeless world, Celebration is vital to health. People need to celebrate to keep hope alive. In an age of AIDS, nothing is more damaging than hopelessness.
- We believe God’s will for us is health, wholeness and holiness.
Growing to fulfill that will is our responsibility as disciples, and helping others to grow toward wholeness is an expression of Christian caring. For us, salvation is a Divine expression of redeeming love for every part of our lives.
- We strive to empower every member to be a minister.
We believe that every member is gifted. The role of the clergy and staff is to equip people for ministry. The pastors minister, but they are not THE ministers. All God’s people are ministers. We are all producers, not just consumers, of faith.
The 8 Points of Progressive Christianity
1. Believe that following the path and teachings of Jesus can lead to an awareness and experience of the Sacred and the Oneness and Unity of all life;
2. Affirm that the teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways to experience the Sacredness and Oneness of life, and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey;
3. Seek community that is inclusive of ALL people, including but not limited to:
- Conventional Christians and questioning skeptics,
- Believers and agnostics,
- Women and men,
- Those of all sexual orientations and gender identities,
- Those of all classes and abilities;
4. Know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe;
5. Find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning than in absolutes;
6. Strive for peace and justice among all people;
7. Strive to protect and restore the integrity of our Earth; and
8. Commit to a path of life-long learning, compassion, and selfless love.
"The 8 Points" (version 2011) The Center for Progressive Christianity - www.tcpc.org
Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 9am to 12pm.
Church Location & Address: 23500 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145. (map)
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