Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran values... INCLUSIVITY We are an LGBTQ friendly community, inclusive of all genders and identities. We believe all human beings are made in the image of God and therefore, carry the image of God on their faces. We believe in the two greatest commandments given by Jesus, to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. In other words, with all that we are and with all that we have. And to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Our neighbor being any person regardless of identity, race or religion.
DIVERSITY We value oneness yet not sameness. Some of us are Methodists, others of us are Catholics, still others are Baptists, Evangelicals, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Lutherans and several other traditions, yet we choose to abandon these religious and denominational labels for we are one in Christ Jesus. Christ is our common bond, identity and path. We are diverse in race and ethnicity, some of us identify as Latino, Black, White, Asian, Multiracial and other groups, yet we choose to celebrate our differences, including other languages in worship.
UNITY We are made up of different backgrounds, ages, colors, identities and faith traditions. Our desire is to become more aware of each other, which gives us a greater image of God for we are all marked with the image of God. The face of the God becomes fuller and clearer when we gather with different people. We do realize our current political leader fosters racial separation and uses divisiveness for political propaganda and gain, therefore, our response to that is racial unity and our faith in Jesus Christ is what bind us together.
WHAT IS OUR MISSION? Shepherd's mission is unity with Christ and all of God's people. WHAT ARE OUR VALUES? Unity - racial togetherness in worship Inclusivity - inclusion of all individuals Diversity - embracing our differences Community - a tribe that you can call your own We are affiliated with the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) and supported by the Pacifica Synod. www.elca.org www.pacificasynod.org