Welcome & Beliefs
"Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name."
All are Welcome
You hear and feel the spirit of Romans 8:38-39 at St. Peter’s: Nothing can separate us from the love of God.* We believe this means God’s love for everyone – regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, political views or income. Our church is Open and Affirming.
St. Peter's is a place where we experience God's grace and seek God's guidance with sincerity, humor and passion. Whether it's a thoughtful handwritten note from a friend, a meal delivered during hard times, or an earnest discussion laced with laughter, St. Peter's is a place where people truly connect.
To borrow a line from Cheers: It's the kind of place “where everybody knows your name.” In fact, when people join the church we say, "We welcome you, and we name you as one of us."
A few years ago, some of the passionate people mentioned above wrote the following “Covenant of Welcome,” to express how we feel about God’s love at St. Peter’s:
Welcome! to everyone who has faith or who seeks it, who lives in hope or who needs it.
Welcome! to all who rejoice and are strong, or who mourn and are weary.
Welcome! to those who know Christ, and to those who long for an introduction.
We believe God’s grace is extended to all. To anyone who has felt unwelcome or has experienced rejection elsewhere, we say, “All are welcome here!”
We acknowledge our diversities … and we welcome, respect and support people of every race, ethnicity, economic status, sexual orientation, age, gender, marital status and physical as well as mental ability. We are a community where all are equal, all are loved, and all are respected for who and what they are — and for what they can become.
We acknowledge that our fears and ignorance sometimes hinder us. We challenge one another to follow the teachings of Jesus, who denied no one and welcomed all. We strive to live our faith by supporting inclusiveness and justice for all humanity, and we invite all who gather here to participate in our ministries of service, word and sacrament.
In a letter to the congregation, Senior Pastor Larry Kleiman writes:
"Gathering as committed friends to support, care and inspire one another toward the goodness of a loving and grace-filled God, we are a diverse and spirited community of faith. We seek to provide a spiritual forum where responses to questions about God present challenges as well as answers. We do not all have the same questions, and we do not all have the same answers."
If you'd like to read about the wider beilefs of the United Church of Christ, please visit the national website here.
*38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.