Who We Are
We strive to share God’s love by creating safe places where all are accepted and welcomed, connecting the needs of people to the presence of God, and transforming the world through Christ.
We are a diverse people. We are welcoming and accepting of all.
As United Methodist people of the New York Annual Conference, we trace our ancestry to all but one of the seven continents of the world: North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. We have significant ethnic constituencies from South America, Africa, Central America, the Caribbean, Korea and China.
We are a people of the Bible, reading many translations and basing our life decisions on Scripture, tradition, experience and reason.
Our Core Values
The values that drive us are a deep love for God and unconditional love for all people. We value collaboration and partnerships that demonstrate God’s love to a world that divides and alienates. We value relationships that foster accountability, excellence, and an ability to engage in open, honest, and respectful conversations. We value the hope that we have in Christ that, when discovered, brings us a unity of purpose, a joy that enlivens our spirit, and a peace that surpasses all understanding.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe the Bible is the inspired, authoritative Word of God.
We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in his virgin birth, in his sinless life, in his death on the cross, in his bodily resurrection, in his ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in his personal return.
We believe people receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life through Jesus.