Compassion and Heart
Our compassionate community opens doors to a diverse congregation, made up of people from many nations, backgrounds, and origins, united by our journey to seek God, do justice, and share the richness of life. We welcome all, and strive to include, respect and affirm each individual with love and understanding.
Spirit of Hope
We are passionate about standing up for human rights, and offer hope to our members and the community. At the core of our identity is Jesus Christ, who was bold in speaking prophetically against injustice, and compassionate in walking alongside the marginalized. We help each other discover and exercise our God-given gifts to the fullest.
Social Justice for All
Heeding God’s call, we seek social justice for all. We discern anything that represents injustice in our midst. We stand together to work with those who seek justice, inclusion, and reconciliation.
Solidarity with Immigrants
We stand together in our faith that everyone, regardless of national origin, has basic common rights, including but not limited to: 1) livelihood; 2) family unity; and 3) physical and emotional safety. Therefore, we covenant to take a public, moral stand for immigrants’ rights and protect immigrants against hate, workplace discrimination, and unjust deportation.
Truth Sets Us Free
As others stretch us into new ways of being engaged by God’s Word, the truth sets all of us free. Our life is grounded in God’s Living Word as we experience it in worship and express it through our work.
Our actions emerge from healthy relationships that both celebrate and face the challenges of our diversity. The experiences, perspectives and voices of each generation are essential to the vitality to our community.
Creativity and Inspiration
We savor an environment where everybody’s creativity and inspiration can flourish. We encourage creativity, risk, and experimentation. We delight in the resulting expressions of beauty and newness.
Immanuel Presbyterian Church’s commitment is to be a true urban sanctuary for the nurturing and protection of all of God’s children. As with every church in the city, we remain mindful of the safety and wellbeing of the most vulnerable people in our community. Our Safe Church Policy calls for this by
Maintaining a safe and supportive church environment.
Providing for the training and screening of staff and ministry participants.
Educating the congregation on topics such as sexual, elder and physical abuse and discrimination.
Working to create a church campus that is accessible to everyone.
“The language of worship and theology can be a powerful force in shaping our conception and experiences of God and of ourselves.” Historically, church language has presented God (and humanity) in predominantly masculine images. We now recognize that only referring to God in masculine terms limits our understanding of God and of ourselves. We seek to broaden our conceptions of God and ourselves by including other terms and images for God in our worship experience. In employing a wider variety of images for God we draw on our rich traditions and the wealth of the Biblical witness as well as the new revelations of contemporary experience.