Our Core Values
Christ our Center
What essentially binds our life together is that we are on the journey following Jesus, and we welcome all who are curious and open to Christ’s love. By God’s grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we seek the way of Jesus, whose life, death, and resurrection give shape to our individual lives and our life as an engaged church community.
All that we do as a church flows from our worship of the Living God. We experience God’s presence through prayer, preaching, and the sacraments as a multigenerational fellowship with a dynamic tradition of inspiring music and visual arts. In community, we respond to God’s grace, engage our society’s injustices, and bear hope in a hurting world.
We are followers of Jesus. Scripture shapes who we are, from our youngest to most senior members. We are nourished by insightful preaching and excellent teaching. We engage a range of voices and viewpoints from all over the world and are constantly learning. We learn from one another as we engage in discussion and invite the work of the Holy Spirit, who is transforming us through the renewing of our minds.
Unity in Diversity
Each of us is beloved of God and created in the image of God. We love one another across our different generations, cultures, and perspectives. We seek to embrace the diversity among us in response to God’s infinite love. In times of disagreement, we are learning to choose empathy, conversation, and relationship.
Engaging in Our World
Jesus cares for the least, the lost, and the left out. We are called to participate in God’s redemptive purposes in Berkeley and beyond. We seek the well-being of our local and global neighbors—in particular, the university—by relating intentionally and serving as God’s hands and feet in the world. We share our faith by serving and bearing witness as we develop meaningful relationships.