We are a people of strong convictions and passionate ideals, but we are equally committed to living in relationship and respecting the beliefs of our sisters and brothers.
We are committed to practicing generous orthodoxy. A theologian named Hans Frei first used that phrase to describe being committed to your beliefs while being open to change. He said “Orthodoxy without generosity leads to blindness, and generosity without orthodoxy is shallow and empty.”
Because of this commitment, we practice full inclusion. No one at Imago Dei will be limited or dismissed because of their socioeconomic status, background, race, sexual orientation, marital status, gender or any other label.
So how do you find unity among a people with so many unique perspectives and values? We start with Five Directives.
We believe that all of life — food, friends, work, money, pleasure, sleep — is spiritual. We do not fragment our lives; we live with a growing understanding that everything we do relates to God.
We believe being formed in the image of God means being a reflection of Jesus (even if imperfectly) to the people around us. We are committed to promoting the values of the kingdom of God: justice, equality, mercy and grace. Furthermore, we honor, respect, and partner with other organizations that may be different than us, in order to serve the community.
We honor everyone’s journey of faith. We exist to walk alongside people as they seek to discover deeper levels of faith and intimacy with God wherever they are in the process — whether spiritually seeking or spiritually mature.
We believe that spiritual formation happens in the context of intentional relationships that may take many forms.
We are committed to historic, orthodox Christian faith as found in the Apostles' Creed. We are committed to a generous orthodoxy under a banner of love and grace. As such, we commit ourselves to faithful reading and study of the Bible, finding new and creative ways to live out what it teaches.