Welcome, and I hope in time you will find Mission Peak to be the right place for you to join in community!
Our community includes many spiritual seekers. What is a spiritual seeker? It’s someone who longs for their own transformation through meaningful worship and other activities in community. These include service and witness within and beyond our walls. It’s about progress, not perfection! It’s about practicing, really, how to love one another and accept love and kindness too, so we can make a practice of it in all aspects of our lives.
To help us build what Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called “beloved community” we grow our hearts and our understanding. We serve and we act. The lessons for our lives come from various traditions, religions, and cultures, from personal experience and more. We see ourselves as lifelong in our development; the “book” of meaning, of our very lives, remains open to possibility.
No, it’s not “anything goes”. The foundation for our faith resides in our ethical principles-noted in our hymnals-and a complex understanding of love and the power our expressions of love have in changing worlds, including our own.
I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about their lives as a journey. Sometimes I think of life and the deep search for truth and meaning like climbing a great mountain (no, not a mountain climber, literally, am I!) The climber goes up but not in a straight line, getting a foothold here and there, and climbs and climbs and climbs. When they find a right place to stop, rest, reflect, -a spot on a smooth rock or even a little bit of a jagged one-they stay for a time.
There they have a chance to observe the great vista, the big picture, and that in and of itself can be transformative, as is the climb when taken consciously. And you don’t have to do the climb, nor experience transformation, alone. It may not even be possible; we depend upon one another.
Welcome all people of good will to our circle of celebration and care!