Vision & Values
An environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just community of faith in the United Methodist tradition in Northeast Minneapolis.
Why does this matter?
Many folks are turned off by Christianity. Traditional church language is quickly becoming foreign and sometimes offensive to people who don’t come to church. Our vision statement genuinely describes who we are, who we aspire to be, and what we care about as a community of faith. It is our mission in this neighborhood, but also our vision for ourselves and our church. While these phrases define our life together right now, we also have a lot of room to grow into living out these ideals.
As we learn to love and care about the world, we also, then, grow to love the people on the planet. As we learn to love other people, we see and learn to love the divine. We grow to recognize sparks of the divine in everyone we meet. Whether you start with environmental sustainability, spiritual fulfullment or social justice, each one leads to the other.
The identity of our community of faith is marked by care, compassion and acceptance of one another (all the people who regularly come to our church) and our care, compassion, acceptance and advocacy for other people in our neighborhood, our country and our world.
Our Scriptural Imperatives
There are many ways to understand Scripture and how it directs and informs our lives. Here are three ways we choose to do so as United Methodists:
*Cultivate spiritual vitality: Jesus’ Great Commandment (Luke 10:27) to love God and neighbor tells us to cultivate spiritual vitality. Within our Wesleyan tradition, we practice the practical and formational disciples of three simple rules: do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God.
*Reach new people: Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) to go and make disciples of all nations tells us to reach new people. Within our Wesleyan tradition, we practice this by summoning people to experience God’s prevenient, justifying, and sanctifying grace and encourage people to embrace a life of personal and social holiness. The thrust of the Wesleyan movement is to “reform the nation . . . and to spread scriptural holiness over the land.”
*Heal a broken world: Jesus’ Great Announcement (Luke 4:18-21) that he came to preach good news to the poor and to liberate the oppressed tells us to heal a broken world. Within our Wesleyan tradition, we practice this through our historic commitments to make visible and incarnate the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.
Northeast United Methodist Church works hard to be an environmentally sustainable organization. Here are some of the steps we’ve taken toward that goal:
- Paper cups and plates have been vanquished from our facility! We use our china–even for small meetings– and wash it in the dishwasher.
- We compost. We compost our coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable scraps from our community meals. We compost our altar flowers. And, when we harvest food from our community garden, we compost the leaves and vines.
- We recycle. Plastic, phone books, paper, metal cans. We recently entered into a fundraising agreement with K & K Metal Recycling. We save all of our non-ferrous metals and send them to K&K. They weigh them, and send the church a check for the metal.
- We’ve installed rain barrels at the church and at the parsonage. We use the rain water to water the flowers in our garden. (Scientists have not yet determined if rainwater gathered from a roof top is safe to use on food plants.)
- We’ve also installed a timed sprinkler system in our garden to control our water usage.
- We installed bike racks on the Cleveland St. side of the church. Ride your bike to worship!
Want to Join our Mission?
We’d love to have you on board! Contact Pastor Leah at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612.789.7462.