In common with all Christian communities of faith, the Takoma Park congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) exists to celebrate, live, and embody the Word of God and the Good News of Jesus Christ so that, empowered by the Holy Spirit, we might promote God's reign on earth. The gospel that we share and serve is a message of life and rebirth, love and reconciliation, hope and joy, and peace, justice, and concern for the integrity of creation.
We strive to carry out this mission in various ways, acknowledging that in all our efforts we are dependent upon God's grace and the power of the Holy Spirit. We come together, and welcome and encourage others to join us, to:
We recognize that we exist as the Body of Christ not only when we gather together, but also when we disperse into the world. There we remain the church, with the depth of our commitment to a life in Christ reflected in how we lead our lives in our homes, our families, our communities, and our work. We affirm, therefore, that our mission must be centered in the spiritual transformation of each one of us, so that, in the words of the Apostle Paul, we might 'equip the saints for the work of ministry.' This means nurturing and supporting one another to be ministers of Christ in the world, to witness in word and deed to the transforming power of God's love.
The Takoma Park congregation has long called itself 'A Church for All People' and, since 1991, has identified itself as a 'More Light' congregation. We celebrate our diversity and accept as members and friends of the church all who put their trust in Christ. We welcome all persons regardless of age, class, race, nationality, sexual orientation, physical abilities, marital status, or religious background. We likewise celebrate the pluralism of orientations and approaches to spiritual growth and social engagement within our midst and strive, within the framework of the Presbyterian tradition, to be a tolerant and non-dogmatic community.
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