Value: Welcome Practice: Hospitality
Hospitality is more than a smile and a cup of hot coffee. Practicing hospitality is primarily about OPENNESS and noticing the face of God in all people. It is a posture rooted and grounded in love. When the Spirit leads us to practice hospitality, we move beyond artificial boundaries and arbitrary walls to cultivate meaningful relationships that are mutual, compassionate and safe.
Value: Story Practice: Listening
Listening is a radical act of love and learning. When we listen to the unique story of another person, without the desire to dominate, correct, or manipulate, God leads us into a holy, transformative space. The practice of listening expands our ability to empathize with others and discover that we are connected to God and God’s global human family.
Value: Cross Practice: Dwelling
Christianity’s most radical claim is this: God takes on a human form in Jesus. Both ordinary and extraordinary, Jesus walks, talks, eats, heals, cries, dies and rises not for his sake, but for the sake of the world. Jesus dwells with those who suffer and offers hope to the despairing. Jesus’ life, death and resurrection point to the ridiculous notion that GOD IS WITH US. As followers of the Way, we are called to be present and responsive to the pain of others, dwelling in heartache and celebrating in promise of new life.
Value: Hands That Care Practice: Restoring
There is no person or system too broken for God’s grace and justice to bring restoration. When the Spirit inspires us to practice restoration, we become co-conspirators with God, mending everything that is fractured, misaligned or unjust. God delights when we roll up our sleeves and tend to eco-justice, racial reconciliation, affirming LGBTQIAA siblings, eradicating poverty and homelessness, and advocating for the healing of all bodies, minds and spirits.
Value: Humor Practice: Playing
God intends for us to have abundant joy! When we practice play as a community, we find delight in connection, spontaneity, and not taking ourselves too seriously. Just as children discover the intricacies of the world through play, we too are invited to never lose our ability to wonder and create and laugh. We are not perfect, never will be, so let’s not fake it, but rest in the grace of God.