Unity Welcome & Vision Statement
People of all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome within the gathering and membership of this congregation, and are encouraged to share in its sacramental and community life.
(Unity is a member of Reconciling In Christ, Lutherans for Full Participation, the official Lutheran Welcoming program)
November 18, 2007
Unity’s Vision is to be
an urban green space
into a holy encounter where we are changed
that all may be fed as Jesus feeds us
+Welcoming Everyone +Weekly Worship
+Children and Youth +Caring Community
+Experiencing God +The Gospel of Jesus
+Engaging our Neighbor +Putting Faith Into Action Courageously
Our Vision and Core Values are grounded in the Word:
As Jesus went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat." But he answered them, "You give them something to eat." They said to him, "Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?" And he said to them, "How many loaves have you? Go and see." When they had found out, they said, "Five, and two fish." Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. And all ate and were filled; and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men. (Mark 6:34-44)
We are blessed with a beautiful house of God and corner green space within our urban neighborhood. We are blessed with a caring community of disciples and surrounded by a diverse crowd of rich and poor, young and old, those of every color, a rainbow people, many without a shepherd. We are blessed by a tradition of God’s grace and love celebrated in meal and bath, blessed to be a blessing.
Unity’s vision is to be a caring and compassionate community grounded in the forgiveness and love of God we experience in weekly prayer and praise, word and meal; giving thanks for God’s creation that we may be good stewards and faithful co-creators for the renewal of the earth we entrust to our children’s children. We are open to be changed by the hungry crowds, and inspired to creatively feed our neighborhood and world, welcoming everyone to sit down with us in the presence of Jesus, free in Christ to serve the neighbor; and to ground our whole lives in his broken body which was given to save the whole world.