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Vision Statement & Statement of Inclusiveness

Our Vision Statement

We strive to be a vibrant Christian community that is loving, nurturing, open, sustainable and renewing, and one that inspires people of all ages to live in the Christian faith and serve the world.

Statement of Inclusiveness

All people are created in God’s image, and each child of God is unique and wonderful. We celebrate the universal truth proclaimed in Galatians 3:26 and 28, “In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave of free, there is no longer male or female: for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”

As members of First Presbyterian of South St. Paul, we strive to love one another as God loves us. Knowing that we are all one in Christ, we embrace all who share with us a common faith in God and welcome them into the life and full leadership of our congregation. We do so regardless of a person’s race, ethnic origin, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, economic condition, cultural or religious background, or any particular element of his or her total humanity.

We realize that these conclusions may not be universally held, and we acknowledge that we “know only in part” (I Corinthians 13:9). We respect those whose prayerful and considered understanding of scripture and tradition has led them to other conclusions, and we welcome their presence, gifts and companionship in the journey of faith.

We welcome and encourage all persons to share in community life, worship and sacraments, including offices and ministry of the church. We are aware that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) excludes openly gay and lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people from positions of ordained leadership. Refusing to condone this discrimination, and working toward changing this policy, we join with other churches to be a More Light Presbyterian Church. In response to the call to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39), we pledge our congregation to oppose by word and action injustices toward all persons, as we would oppose injustices toward ourselves.

Adopted by the Session of First Presbyterian Church, South St. Paul at its stated meeting on February 28, 2008.