The author of 1 John writes: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1: 8-10)
At Emmanuel, we are not perfect and we do not claim to be. We recognize the ways in which we have fallen short time and time again. However, as people of faith we also are assured that we are reconciled to God by God’s forgiving mercy. Forgiveness and reconciliation flow from what God has made us to be in Jesus Christ and what God is doing with us in the world. As a people of God, we do our best to embody forgiveness in speech, action, and relationships, all the while recognizing that there may be times when we fall short. Ultimately, the grace of God and the reconciliation offered to us in Jesus’ death and resurrection knows no bounds.
Each person is created in God’s image. We respect this God-given right to dignity and, inspired by the life of Jesus, show love and compassion for all people. Through proclamation of the Gospel, through worship, and as servants of God working for healing and justice in the world, we uphold and seek to protect the dignity and human rights of all people. We affirm all people for who God created them to be and do not seek to change you. As a community, we are all on a journey to be more like Jesus in what we say and what we do.
As Christ’s church, we value the richness of God’s creation and offer a radical welcome to all people, appreciating our common humanity and our differences just as Jesus did. We are a church that does not view diversity as a barrier to unity, rather, diversity is God’s vast creativity at work in our world. At the same time, we do recognize and will challenge dynamics of power and privilege that create barriers to participation and equity in this church and society – for women, people of color, minority ethnic groups, people with disabilities, people who are marginalized or living in poverty, and the LGBTQIA+ community. We affirm all people for who God created them to be and do not seek to change you. God loves you, and so do we.