St. Francis in the Foothills
Our Philosophy and Mission
To inspire and guide each other to an awakened life by engaging with our community, the earth and The Divine.
Our Mission Statement
Saint Francis in the Foothills contains within its walls a diverse collection of souls which share a common vision of the world... a vision stated here:
We acknowledge our oneness with the creator and all creation, support each other in achieving our fullest potential, strive to remove all barriers which separate us, aspire to share with others and our children our commitment to active service and joyful participation in the creation of a new world, and acknowledge our need to be directed in this endeavor by the power, the presence, and the grace of God.
Our Philosophy of Ministry
We believe that the Bible is not the end of the revealed word of God. The word continues to be made flesh in the activities of our day. We are committed to developing a vision that reveals this sacred word.
We believe there are solutions to world hunger, homelessness, war, and we are intent on bringing about the Christian invitation of "peace on Earth and goodwill to all creation."
Saint Francis in the Foothills UMC is a Reconciling Congregation, intent on building a community which takes seriously the effort to wed the deepest intention of our faith with the widest dimension of our world. We are reconciling in our intention of welcoming all people of all walks of life: women, men, gay, straight, and people of all colors. We are also committed to overcoming the church-initiated obstacles that prevent homosexuals from marriage and ordination.
By loving and accepting each other, we are being faithful to what is highest and best in human endeavor and fully responding to what God is. As persons loved by God, we are called to fully accept ourselves and each other.
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth was a human being who awakened to what it means to be fully human. He calls us, through his life and teaching, to awaken to our own divinity (the fully human). Jesus awakened to the Christ (the oneness of all creation.) We are called to do the same.
We believe that God is the "force" that constantly goes before us…leading us through all "wilderness" experiences into the promise of what we were created to be. We strive to be open to God's surprises as we explore new expressions of sacred scripture as they are revealed to us through the Bible, through others, and through our sacred Earth (trees, animals, plants and rocks).
We believe that none are saved until all are saved: none are free until all are free. This means that salvation is not a solely Christian phenomenon, but is a free gift to all.
Who We Are
A Progressive Faith Community Where All Are Welcome