We are proud to be part of the United Methodist tradition. That may not mean a lot to you (yet) but here is what it means to us:
- We are part of a global network of service and worship
- We have a rich tradition of theological and spiritual thought
- We do the best we can to integrate with our contemporary situation
At the end of the day – here is probably the most important thing to know:
We use something call the “Wesleyan Quad” to frame our conversations and beliefs.
The Quad is composed of 4 elements – and the order matters:
Those 4 elements also work best in that sequence.
We look to scripture for its record of examples and ideas.*
We next consult the tradition. We inherent a living tradition and participate in its practices and teaching.
Next comes reason. We are made in the image of God and are indwelt with that divine Logos (reason). We are not called to be mindless robots who mechanically parrot the doctrines and dogmas in rote repetition.
There is a deep need to think about things so that our tradition does not become a dead artifact, or worse, a false idol.
We expect to experience the things that we believe.Faith is more than abstract theories and emotions and so we recognize that importance of our community-experiences. No one is spiritual or religious on their own like no one uses language alone. We learn from and incorporate our community-experiences.’
*- It is worth noting that John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, believed in ‘prima sciptura’ (scripture first) and not ‘sola scriptura’ (scripture alone as some other famous traditions do.
We are a Reconciling Congregation which means that we are open & affirming of LGBTQ inclusion in the church at every level. This commitment impacts everything from our ‘open-table’ perspective of communion to the way that we talk about sex, relationships, and even marriage. If the question is, “is this church gay friendly?” the answer is YES!
Please feel free to email Pastor Bo with questions about ‘What We Believe’ at VHUMCpastor@gmail.com