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OUR KEY SCRIPTURE
One of the religious scholars came up... he put in his question: "Which is most important of all the commandments?" Jesus said, "The first in importance is, 'Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.' And here is the second: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' There is no other commandment that ranks with these."
Mark 12:28-31, from The Message
OUR STATEMENT OF CALL
We at Foundry are called by God to deepen faith through transcendent worship and challenging study, to create engaged community through inclusion and caring, and to transform the world through active service and prophetic leadership.
OUR STATEMENT OF RECONCILIATION
In 1995, Foundry became one of the first larger United Methodist Churches to publicly affirm its commitment to the full inclusion of all persons when it joined the Reconciling Congregation Movement. Here is Foundry’s Statement of Reconciliation: We, the friends and members of Foundry United Methodist Church, hold deeply our commitment to help bring about a peaceful, loving, just and accepting world. We are proud of our active, diverse congregation and have seen how each person has graced our community with his or her talents. We believe that the Holy Spirit dwells in all. We acknowledge our oneness with all of God’s creation and invite gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons to share our faith, our community life, and our ministries. We also affirm the same for all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, economic status, or physical or mental condition.
We seek to be an inclusive congregation, and we proclaim our commitment to seek the reconciliation of all persons to God and to each other through Jesus Christ. As we journey toward reconciliation with all, we proclaim this statement of welcome to all, including our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender brothers and sisters: God loves you and we love you, we affirm you, and accept you, we treasure you. We welcome you. At the same time, we recognize that there remain differences of opinion among us on issues relating to sexuality. We do not seek to erase our differences, but to journey together in faith toward greater understanding and mutual respect. In becoming a Reconciling Congregation we believe that we are being reconciled to God and to one another.
OUR CORE VALUES
We believe in Jesus Christ. Everything we do begins with Christ. We remember how he ministered to the poor, fed the hungry, healed the sick, befriended sinners, welcomed the shunned and sacrificed himself to save us. He rose from the dead and gives us hope.
We honor humanity as well as divinity. We believe all people are children of God, and we treat them that way.
We serve God by serving others. We remember the second of Christ’s greatest commandments is to love each other. We make personal commitments to working with people in our neighborhood and around the world.
We celebrate diversity. We make especially sure that people who feel excluded elsewhere are welcomed and invited to be an integral part of our congregation.
We worship joyfully. We sing and pray and study with passion and intellect and energy. We are an Easter people, and we are glad.
We welcome the hard work of prophecy. Our close proximity to power gives us the chance to speak for the powerless. We are mindful that prophets examine themselves closely before sharing their message with the world.
We believe our minds are great gifts from God. We are intellectually honest and curious. We view science, scholarship and other religious traditions as tools to discover the wonder of God’s Word and creation.
We cherish God’s gifts. God blesses us with time, talent, money, opportunity and the Earth we now call home. We strive to be responsible stewards of God’s great bounty.