Our Mission and Values
Living a life of love. That's what this church is all about. Jesus declared that the greatest commandments for humanity to pursue are to love God with heart, soul, mind and strength and to love neighbor as self. This is what we are striving to do, learning every day how to love better. This document explains in detail what this looks like at Stamford Church. Below is a summary. One of our primary tools for helping people learn to love is our Love In Training seminars. Learn more HERE.
This life of love is
formative, experienced through spiritual practices and habits, especially the contemplative ones;
missional, expressed through the pursuit of justice, evangelism and mercy;
inclusive, building bridges across lines of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, culture and class;
ecumenical, drawing from every stream in the Christian tradition; and
wholistic, nurturing deep spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health.
We are committed to growing more kind, more selfless, more compassionate, and more forgiving to ourselves and to others. We value critical thinking, study, honesty, and good questions over easy answers. We strive for justice, not perfection, in our inner lives, our relationships, and our communities. We prioritize serving our local community. We are a multi-ethnic church, inclusive of all, regardless of sex, gender, or sexual orientation, and egalitarian in our leadership.
We honor as our spiritual heritage those attempts that began in America in the 19th century to restore the life and spirit of Christianity as exhibited by Jesus and his apostles. Central to our faith is the sacrificial love of Jesus which orients us to a life of self-emptying love, service, and joy with and for all those in our midst. The values that extend from this central notion of faith include:
An Ecumenical Spirit
We recognize the value of different perspectives, seeking to negotiate our differences, or even set them aside, for the sake of the more important things that unite us: the value of love at the center of our lives.
A Just Spirit
We hold at the center of our convictions God’s love for the poor, marginalized, oppressed, and other victims of particular and general injustices. We believe that God is to be found clearly among the weak and vulnerable in our midst and that what we do for persons such as these, we do for God.
A Sacrificial Spirit
We believe that whatever blessings we receive in each of our stations in life are not strictly for our own satisfaction, but are a means by which we might more fully bless and care for one another. Our lives are not oriented toward our own success, but by a sacrificial ethic for the sake of those in our midst.
An Open Spirit
We refuse to discriminate on the basis of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. We are a multi-ethnic, gender-egalitarian, open and affirming, and socio-economically diverse congregation. That means we honor the particularities we each embody—female, male, poor, rich, gay, straight, queer, Black, White, Asian, West Indian—all as equals, as bearers of the image of God, and as disciples of Jesus.
A Mindful Spirit
We practice the pursuit of truth, honoring the life of the mind as a gift from God. We study Scripture as well history and current events in their various contexts, recognizing that such consideration can often lead to surprising insights and transformed perceptions on how we see and act in the world. We strive to create a space where all truth can be God’s truth, opening ourselves up to the contributions of the arts & sciences across cultures and faith traditions.
A Joyful Spirit
We believe that all that God calls us to is ultimately a call to joy. Not a fleeting or self-centered joy, but the joys found when our lives are given away and poured out for the sake of God and one another.
We practice full gender inclusion (people may participate fully in all aspects of church life and leadership regardless of gender) and LGBTQ+ inclusion (people may participate fully in all aspects of church life and leadership regardless of sexuality). The resources below explore these practices.
You may find a number of resources on this topic on a separate page of this website. Click below.
On Gender Egalitarianism/Inclusivity
Sons and Daughters - documents the history and rationale of our church's movement toward full gender inclusivity.
Minister of Music & Worship Arts
Stamford Church Elders
Grounds: Kristen Andrews
Children: Kelly Campbell
Teens/ Pacific House: Debbie Pauls
Children’s Church: Rosemary Williams
Hope for Haiti’s Children: Julie Georges
Family Care: Sylvia Smith
FriendSpeak: Tyler & Tatiana Johnson
Shiloh: Laconia Therrio
Event Set Up: Laura Lopez