At St. Paul’s we value:
Open-mindedness: We value both ancient wisdom and modern thought; we believe that the world is full of wonder and value. We are open to new traditions, and to new ideas and revelations that allow us to better reflect God’s will. We believe that God is more merciful than judgmental, more accepting than we could understand, and more loving than we can comprehend. St Paul’s is a place where all are welcome exactly as they are, where no part of us needs be left at the door, whatever our race, marital status, income, sexual orientation, or degree of faith. We seek to follow Christ’s example of love and hospitality to all people, and to treat all who come here as we would wish to be treated, and as Christ has loved us.
Our communal life: God’s love and our common worship bind us together, and allow us to be the people we were created to be: it is the empowering force in our lives and in our church. God’s love strengthens us so that we can love each other—this love is the Christ, working in us, through the Holy Spirit. It lifts us so that we can lift each other to grow, to discover, to become ourselves and to care for each other. God’s love brings us together, where as a community, we seek to nurture our spiritual natures. We believe this spirituality should be positive, progressive and practical.
Our liturgical and sacramental tradition: As an Episcopal Church, we take comfort in the ancient way that we worship. Each week we worship in the way that our forebears did, singing, reading from the Bible, praying as a community, and sharing the Eucharist. Yet while history informs us and inspires us, it does not define us: The sacramental life is rooted in the present. We seek to find the sacred around us even in our everyday works.
Caring for others: We affirm that the greatest force in the universe is the power of self-giving love: a love that is inclusive, ever abundant, and meant to be expressed through our action in the world. Motivated by this love, inspired by Christ’s example, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we believe we are called to help realize God’s kingdom on earth. We are doers, acting in the world around us, through outreach and ministry to God’s creation and to people of need in our community.