Cathedral of Hope is a Vibrant, Inclusive, Progressive (VIP) Christian church sharing a message of love and inclusion in the community and the world. We are also connected to other progressive Christian organizations with similar goals.
Progressive Christians take the Bible seriously but not literally. We recognize that scripture is rooted in a historical context. We believe that God's truth continues to be revealed in new and surprising ways and that we can draw wisdom and guidance from a variety of sources.
Churches in the United Church of Christ have taken on the message "God is Still Speaking" as a denomination.
Love, Not Judgment
We believe that love is at the root of God's message borne out in the life and teachings of Jesus. This is where we begin—seeking to love each other. This is also the message we impart to our children as often as possible. Some would like to suggest that judgment is God's first priority. This is not our belief or practice.
Justice and Service
We are called to live out our faith in our relationships in the world. We are called to love broadly and to seek fullness of life for all people. This means that we will act on behalf of others, addressing injustice and seeking peace with our neighbors and our enemies. We also seek service that will advance God's realm here on earth.
Welcoming Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People
Cathedral of Hope and its denomination, the United Church of Christ, practice extravagant welcome. CoH is part of the Open and Affirming (ONA) network of the UCC, where many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) folk serve in leadership roles in churches, conferences and at the national level.
Respect for Other Traditions
Cathedral of Hope and other Progressive Christians believe that there are many ways to approach God. We recognize and value the differences among Christian traditions and have respect for other faiths as well. We seek to be in conversation with members of other denominations and faiths.
Science and Religion in Conversation
We don't perceive a split between religion and science but believe that each has gifts to bring to the search for truth. God's universe is wonderful and mysterious. The same impulses that lead people of science to explore new frontiers also inspire people of faith. Even though these world views can clash, they can also complement each other. We have many scientists in our congregation!
Faith & Doubt
We believe that the spiritual journey is an unpredictable one. Sometimes we feel sure, other times our doubt is as strong as our faith. We consider that ebb and flow to be part of the journey. We gather in community to support and be supported in that journey.