Written by the 2021 Confirmation class as their joint statement of faith:
CONFIRMATION 2021 STATEMENT OF FAITH
William: We believe that God is Creator, so God can be known in all of Creation, and all of creation is sacred.
Anika: We believe that God is love, so we see God reflected in the love we share in the world.
Jed: We believe that God cares about what happens in the world, and that shows up in the ways we work for social justice.
Evan: We believe that God is mystery, and is beyond any human knowing.
All: Because of these beliefs, we honor life as sacred; we celebrate with gratitude the gift and adventure of life; we seek to learn and practice the ways of love and justice; and we learn and celebrate our Christian stories while also affirming stories from other faith traditions that describe God as Creator, love, and caring presence in the world.
Jordyn / Jed: We believe that Jesus, as a first century Jewish teacher, shows us a unique, human face of God, and to be a Christian means to look to Jesus as a sibling and teacher.
Evan: We believe that the way of Jesus is the way of love and justice, and to be a Christian means to work for the expression of love and justice in the world.
Rosie: We believe that the way of Jesus calls us to love God with all our mind, heart, soul and strength.
All: Because of these beliefs, we seek to learn more about Jesus’ teachings and to live out those teachings of love through acts of justice.
Rosie: We believe that human beings need help beyond themselves to live an abundant life, and that God provides help through God’s Holy Spirit.
Jed: We believe we can turn to God’s spirit for help in following the Jesus Way.
Jordyn / Evan: We believe that God comforts us in hard times through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
All: Because of these beliefs, we reach out for support when we need help, and to offer help where we can.
Evan: We believe that all people are created in the image of God and as children of God are meant for love.
Rosie: We believe that people thrive in relationship, with God, with other human beings, and with all of creation, so we celebrate and honor all relationships.
Jordyn / Anika: We believe that our humanity is expressed in how we treat other people, so we treat others with respect, and in the way we want to be treated.
Jed: We believe that people make mistakes, and that God forgives us.
Anika: We believe that faith communities help us live faithful lives of love and justice.
All: Because of these beliefs we celebrate and support human relationships that express love and justice; we are open to change and growth, and admit when we learn we have been wrong; and we live lives of gratitude, support and connection.