Our Christian Tradition
We are a Christ-centered intentional community. We see ourselves as part of the Anabaptist movement, though only a few of us were raised in that tradition. We do not focus on doctrine, but desire to be deeply rooted in historically orthodox Christianity. We do not make our identification with either the “Christian right” or the “Christian left” but try to navigate by the ways Jesus is calling us to be faithful, without putting a label on it. We want to be strong in our Christian convictions, strong enough to resist the corrosive elements of our culture, and to be committed to Christian unity in a way that allows us to be in disagreement with brothers and sisters at times without being divisive.
Nonviolent self-sacrificial love
We believe that Jesus embodied the fullness of God’s love. That love led him to empty himself, to become human, to live and minister among us. That love also led him to die on the cross on our behalf, loving his enemies rather than killing them. We take seriously the call to love like Jesus—though we know we fall short of that goal. We seek to embody that love in our church community. We seek to embody that love towards those around us. In a society and world that is so violent, we proclaim that war, hatred and violence are contrary to the will of God, and that as Christians we must not participate in them, but to be peacemakers in the way of Christ.
Common life as family and partners in the gospel
We live an intense common life as the primary focus of our lives. We share houses, cars, meals, and money, along with prayer, worship and discernment. To function well, we need to be deeply family to one another, and see our family life as being partners in the gospel together.