What We Believe
Our Foundational Beliefs.
We are a Christian church, and so we believe in the ancient faith that has been handed down to us from the days of the first disciples of Jesus. Our foundational beliefs are best summarized in the Apostles’ Creed – a statement of faith that has been used by Christians around the world and across denominations for almost two thousand years.
That statement says:
We believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
We also believe that this statement is something that we believe together, which means that not all of us have to believe every word of it all the time in order to be part of the church. When your faith falters and you can’t believe every line of this creed, the church gets to believe it with you and for you – to pray for you, support you, and show you how to believe in this stuff until you can figure out how to believe it for yourself. Faith is a journey we take together, and sometimes each of us needs a helping hand to keep going. We are proud of and committed to these beliefs, and you will hear us proclaiming them and talking about them, but we are also willing to question them, wrestle with them, and examine them. We believe that God is strong enough and reliable enough to handle even our toughest questions and even our biggest doubts.
A United Methodist Church
The Kingstowne Communion is a proud United Methodist Church. At the Kingstowne Communion, you will find people who grew up in a variety of Christian traditions (Catholic, Episcopalian, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, non-denominational, and more), or in no faith tradition, but all of us have found a home together in this United Methodist Church.
The United Methodist Church is the spiritual descendant of a spiritual renewal movement founded in 18th Century England by Rev. John Wesley. Wesley challenged Christians to come alive in faith – to practice “not just the form” of religion (the outward rituals), but “the power” of faith. He particularly challenged his followers to pray more, to give their money to the poor, to work for justice, to seek to grow closer to God, to spend time caring for each other, and to put God’s love into action. At our best, the United Methodist Church retains that passionate commitment to living lives of holiness each day.
The United Methodist Church is one of the few truly global Christian denominations, with Christians from the United States and people from around the globe making decisions together about issues of theology, care for the poor and suffering, how to spend our money, and how to put our faith into action. The global nature of our denomination enables amazing global partnership: we can make a real difference because there are United Methodists on the ground in many places of real need, and churches can cross borders to transform lives – fighting disease, feeding starving children, helping create opportunities for work and development, learning from our global neighbors, and more.
The United Methodist Church is a big tent. We span the globe, we span theological and political perspectives, and we somehow find a way to be united by our faith in Jesus even in the midst of all of our many differences. In a world of division, our diversity as a church is something worth celebrating!
For more about the United Methodist Church, you can check out http://www.umc.org/who-we-are.
Whoever You Are, Whatever You Believe, You are Welcome Here.
The Kingstowne Communion is a community of people who are moving towards Jesus. Some of us have been on this journey to Jesus for our whole lives, and some of us are just taking our first steps. Some of us are already very close to Jesus, and some of us feel pretty far away. Some of us are beginning our journey towards Jesus from one side, and some of us are beginning our journey from the other side. But, as long as you are seeking Jesus – or even if you just think that you might be interested in starting that journey of seeking Jesus – then the Kingstowne Communion is a place for you.
We are an open and inclusive place to belong, which means that we strive to be lgbtq+ affirming, creation caring, pro-immigrant, peace-making, community-building, racial-justice seeking, all-ability welcoming Christians. But we still also remain people of a variety of political perspectives, with a variety of different experiences of church and spirituality, with a variety of opinions on how Christian faith should look in everyday life. We are all moving towards Jesus and growing in faith together. This is a safe place to struggle with faith, to ask hard questions, and to discover who God is and who God wants you to become.
Ancient Faith in a Contemporary Package.
At the Kingstowne Communion, we seek to practice ancient traditions – singing, prayer, reading and reflecting on Scripture, baptism, communion, more – with a contemporary spin, so that ancient truths can speak into our contemporary lives. We believe that these ancient truths still have much to teach us, and that some of the most important wisdom this world has to offer is the wisdom that has stood the test of time. We also believe that our faith has real-life implications, which means that the Scriptures, old and new, still has essential implications for our lives today. You will find that our worship beings this juxtaposition of ancient and modern alive. For more about worship, visit our Worship page.