Seeking Truth, Sharing Love
Within - Among - Beyond
Welcome to this place of wonder and mystery. Welcome to this place of freedom and justice. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, whomever you love, you are welcome here. We are glad that you found us.
We gather with minds open to new truths and arms open to embrace one another. We come together with hearts open to spiritual transformation. We pause in reverence for the vastness of the universe. We praise the resilience of the human spirit and the love that embraces us always. We are building a beloved community together. We know that everyone has something to offer.
Won't you join us?
Love is the spirit of this church, and service is its law; this is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another. James Vila Blake, 1894
“Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.” E.B. White
Humans are born to look for patterns and to fill in missing gaps. This Necker Cube is two illusions built into one. First, despite incomplete lines, virtually everyone can see the outline of a cube in the arrangement of the eight circles. The second illusion is the ambiguous orientation of the wire frame cube. Some people view the face of the cube coming forward on the the lower left. Others see it rising in the upper right.
Not only do we interpolate visually, but also in stories, ritual, and in bringing meaning to our lives. With our imagination humans have created systems of ideas, languages, art forms and cultural norms. We are created to be creative.
We are not alone in being a creative force in the cosmos. Watch an orb spider build its circular web. Listen to the mysterious songs of the humpback whales. And as the essayist and author E.B. White proposes, life unfolds in a fertile way as we are waiting. We merely have to pay attention.
Join us as we explore Creation this month in story, music, readings, small discussion groups, and sermons. We can ask if any part of our church life is not an act of creation—from greeting newcomers that builds a bridge to new relationships, to preparing the monthly meal for the Day Center for the Homeless, to teaching a lesson in Children’s religious Education and to adding your voice as we sing during worship.
Our monthly themes express Hope Church’s openness to theological exploration. They are not an endorsement of any particular creed or belief. Instead, they provide a monthly opportunity to examine in common a religious doctrine or idea.
Hope Church is a questioning community. It is a safe place to bring doubt and new ideas. This month we are exploring “formation” together. Join us!
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