My core beliefs include:
- Agreeing to disagree is a gift of respect.
- I am a mess.
- Even in my messiness, I have value.
- I’m called to love everyone—regardless of their race, religion, or orientation.
- I’m called to love my enemies.
- My “enemies” are people I disagree with, those I’m uncomfortable with, those I’m tempted to judge, and those who’ve hurt me (both unintentionally and intentionally).
- I’m called to put my love into action by caring for the oppressed, the poor, the hungry, the disenfranchised.
- Jesus Christ is the Son of God and, as part of the Trinity, is God.
- Through Christ’s death and resurrection, I’m offered the opportunity to have a one-on-one, personal relationship with God.
This gift of a personal relationship with God often renders me speechless.
I don’t live my beliefs perfectly. In fact, I fail more than I succeed. But, I also believe in grace and base my life on two statements I claim as truth:
- God’s grace is enough for me—His power is made perfect in my weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
- God works all things, even my sin, for His good because I love Him and am called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)