Core Values

The unique combination of characteristics and actions that distinguishes First Congregational.



We value diversity – including people of all faith traditions, sexual orientations, and gender identities –  and embrace newcomers with friendly hospitality and generosity. You will find our members open, accepting, and non-judgmental. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.



We strive to understand and follow the teachings of Jesus, leading to an action-oriented congregation that values right actions over right beliefs. Being a covenantal rather than creedal church, we are each free to believe and act in accordance with our own experience of God. Instead, we encourage thinking and questioning that lead to life-long learning.



We nourish and support our members’ spiritual and personal growth in a loving and accepting environment, and joyfully minister to one another’s needs. Members and non-members alike gain a sense of belonging through encouragement to participate in church life and to pursue their passions and ideas.



We extend compassion to those in need, “every single one,” wherever they may be. We dedicate at least 10% of the church’s annual budget to local, national, and international charitable and social-justice organizations, and provide special giving opportunities. Both as a church and as individuals, we volunteer with many community-service projects and organizations.



We take risks for justice and peace through resistance and daring – standing with the outcast, oppressed, denigrated, and afflicted against discriminatory social and legal practices. We work for social justice through action groups focused on homelessness/housing, gun violence, mental health, national inclusiveness/immigration, and care of God’s creation.


Read our complete Core Values document.


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