At First United, we have identified three paths forward as part of Vision 2020, our hopes for the future of our church. We are moving from:
Words to witness in our relationship with God.
Individualism to intimate fellowship in our relationship with other members of the church community.
Charity to changing structures in our relationship with the world.
In addition, we have identified six core values:
Spiritual exploration: Nurtured by the grace of God, and caring for one another, we are on a faith journey together.
Faith formation: We challenge and strengthen our Christian faith formation through biblical teachings and spirited discussions.
Inclusion: We value differences and respect all experiences as we lift the power of many voices and ideas.
Social justice: Empowered by the grace of God and following the example of Jesus Christ, we speak our truths and beliefs as we challenge and change social and cultural structures that perpetuate unfair and unjust impact.
Community: We build a faith community where congregation members work together and support each other toward common goals.
Celebration: With a generosity of spirit, we rejoice in our love of God, our community, and one another.
All of these core values are being implemented as part of our First United Strategic Plan.