If we want the common good, then we must make every lesser value relative to that end. We are delusional if we think we can hold the good of any group above the whole and still have peace. In an effort to align the church where I serve to the common happiness I proposed the following mission statement which is now included in some of our materials:
WELCOME TO ST. ANDREW’S
We are Presbyterian, yet our first allegiance is to the gospel of universal love.
We are Christ centered, yet we respect and learn from all religions of love.
We affirm the ancient symbols of our faith, yet we strive to speak a new language that
includes all people and affirms the scientific discoveries of our day.
We hope to teach children stories of the bible without sectarian dogma.
We strive to be a close nurturing community, yet we welcome all people into our midst.
We wish to live in inner peace, yet hear God’s call to work for peace, and for universal
We take faith seriously, yet believe the journey should be fun. We celebrate life in many