The Mission of the Cathedral of Hope is to reclaim Christianity as a faith of extravagant grace, radical inclusion and relentless compassion.
At the Cathedral of Hope, every member is a minister of the church. We believe we are here to serve, not to be served. To that end, we embrace five core values.
- We are a people of Compassion.
We are ministers who embody the tangible love of a savior who fed the hungry, healed the hurting, and told us bluntly that what we did to the least we did to him.
- We are a people of Inclusion.
This is a value Jesus held. We believe Jesus came to include, not to exclude. All are welcome around God’s table.
My past experience (in Christan fundamentalism) was so fear based. I ultimately rejected the whole thing. Just in the past year and half have I come back to believe in a Higher Power. Tentatively...carefully... But I'm coming to believe that Spirit is truly "fiercely compassionate" and shows "extravagant grace".
- We are a people of Liberation.
We seek to challenge all oppression, particularly the oppression of queer people. By embodying grace we live out our liberation until all are set free.
- We are a people of Hope.
We are people filled with joy and unrelenting optimism because we believe God is good. With God, all things are possible. God can use us to transform the world.
- We are a people of Jesus.
We believe Jesus was the incarnation of God’s grace. Jesus was the ultimate liberal, who resisted the status quo of oppression and showed us the way to the abundant life God intends for all people.
A paradigm is a general conception, model or “worldview” based on our Vision, Mission, and Core Values that defines the way we think and act. It establishes how we see things and do things. The Cathedral of Hope subscribes to the following six paradigms:
- We are a Cathedral.
Our community needs spiritual centers to which they may look for guidance, resources and inspiration. We are called to be a large urban church that has extra resources to share with people in more rural areas. Our outreach extends to lesbians, gays and other excluded people.
I can't say enough wonderful things about CoH. We have been attending as visitors for three Sundays now and we have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Everyone is so friendly and warm, the services are energizing, and the spirit of the church is so refreshing. Immediately, we felt as if we were home.
- Our priorities are Cell & Celebration.
We are a church large enough to change the world, but small enough to care for an individual. Our mission cannot be fulfilled until every person who feels excluded from the family of God receives an antidote to that poisonous lie. While taking on that ministry, we must also be sure that each of our members is cared for.
- We are a Vibrant, Inclusive and Progressive (VIP) Christian Church.
By that we mean that we willingly embrace such traditionally liberal values as helping and advocating for the poor, valuing the environment and recognizing as sinful such oppressive attitudes as sexism, ageism, racism and homophobia.
- Caring for those who are hurting or in need is the chief expression of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Caring for others is the soul of who we are. It keeps us from being consumed with ourselves. It is the antidote for the toxic effects of the materialism that is consuming our society. In a hurting and hopeless world, Celebration is vital to health. People need to celebrate to keep hope alive. In an age of AIDS, nothing is more damaging than hopelessness.
- We believe God’s will for us is health, wholeness and holiness.
Growing to fulfill that will is our responsibility as disciples, and helping others to grow toward wholeness is an expression of Christian caring. For us, salvation is a Divine expression of redeeming love for every part of our lives.
- We strive to empower every member to be a minister.
We believe that every member is gifted. The role of the clergy and staff is to equip people for ministry. The pastors minister, but they are not THE ministers. All God’s people are ministers. We are all producers, not just consumers, of faith.
The 8 Points of Progressive Christianity
Cathedral of Hope is a member of the Center for Progressive Christianity. By calling ourselves progressive, we mean that we are Christians who:
1. Believe that following the path and teachings of Jesus can lead to an awareness and experience of the Sacred and the Oneness and Unity of all life;
2. Affirm that the teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways to experience the Sacredness and Oneness of life, and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey;
3. Seek community that is inclusive of ALL people, including but not limited to:
• Conventional Christians and questioning skeptics,
• Believers and agnostics,
• Women and men,
• Those of all sexual orientations and gender identities,
• Those of all classes and abilities;
4. Know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe;
5. Find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning than in absolutes;
6. Strive for peace and justice among all people;
7. Strive to protect and restore the integrity of our Earth; and
8. Commit to a path of life-long learning, compassion, and selfless love.