St. Thomas is joyfully on the way! We are becoming whom Jesus calls us to be: a spiritually-centered community dedicated to creating connections with God, each other and our neighbors, so that we might walk together with love toward justice, compassion, and hope.
(St. Thomas Mission Statement)
The earliest followers of Jesus were not called Christians; they were called followers of “The Way.” This moniker comes from the Book of Acts, which shows us that the “Way” was the way of love. Here, love was caring for one’s neighbors, especially the poor. Here, love was making sacrifices for the sake of another and carrying one another’s burdens. Here, love was prayers and community. We, at St. Thomas, are following where the Spirit leads and are joyfully on the way! We walk together with love toward justice, compassion and hope. These are big ideals and we want them big enough to hold the needs of our world, even as we exercise our own local calling.
However, there is no map on this way. We imagine that as we walk, we might have to backtrack; we might have to trailblaze. We understand that St. Thomas stands in a long story of Christendom and that story is changing. New shapes of being church will emerge and are emerging. We understand that church is not the building. We understand the gathered is the church. We understand that God builds the church for God’s purposes and we are God’s servants. Finally, we understand that we are changing and will be changed. We will be adaptive and innovative–and most of all, we will be faithful in doing a good thing for God, whether it be grand or humble.
In this, we believe we have enough and are enough for what God calls us to do. We welcome all who wish to walk on this journey with us.
A Reconciling, Affirming, and Inclusive Christian Community
St. Thomas’ Parish is a reconciling, affirming, and inclusive Christian community striving through worship, love, and service to welcome all people just as God created them. No matter where you are on your journey of faith, and whether you are single, married, divorced, separated, or partnered, our welcome knows no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, economic condition, physical, or mental ability. God delights in the diversity of creation, and so do we! (St. Thomas Inclusivity Statement)