MCCR has developed a set of guiding documents, which we use as guidelines to tell us where we should be going, and how we should get there. Each of these documents was drafted through a grass-roots process which involved large numbers of participants.
MCCR Mission Statement
Come as you are, will to serve, embracing our differences. We all can be God’s people for a changing world.
MCCR Faith Statement
As people who come from many different paths and traditions, wo embrace spiritual diversity, we lift up the following:
We believe that God is love. We experience God in three ways:
As the Creator of all things. God has made us in God’s image as beloved children. God loves us just as we are, and is our hope in all circumstances.
As Jesus Christ. From Jesus who is both human and divine, we learn hot to love both God and our neighbors. Jesus was raised from the dead to show us that God’s love has not end.
As the Holy Spirit. The Spirit makes known God’s love to all people, and empowers us to reveal God to every person. Such love is a gift of grace, understood by faith, available freely to all.
MCCR Mission Statement Breakdown
Come As You Are
We practice absolutely radical hospitality. Our open communication points to a wider truth – all are welcome here. It does not matter how you look, what you believe, or what your background is. This is a place where all can be real and live in integrity. We are building a community where closets of any kind are unnecessary. Ready or not, come as you are.
Artist Michael Purcell: “As a church, MCCR states ‘Come as you Are’ as one of its core values. They mean just that. All are welcome regardless of race, color, religious background, shoe size, sexual preference, what you had for breakfast, income bracket, or anything else that might separate you in any way. God loves everyone equally and if God were here now, we most likely would here ‘Come as you are, all are welcome’.”
Willing to Grow
We are not content to stand still. We believe that we are meant to flourish and to engage in a cyclical relationship of growth. We see the potential in ourselves and others that lies beneath the surface. We create an environment that fosters healing from wounds, addictions, and broken relationships. As we experience together the all-encompassing love of God, we develop talents that become a blessing to others and that satisfy the longing in our souls.
Artist Gail Bird: “Living in Colorado, most of us have seen these trees, seemingly growing out of solid rock, with no obvious means of survival. A tiny seed, flung high by the wind, finding just enough water and soil in this uninviting spot to put down roots and become what it was meant to be. Though twisted from its struggle, this tree is a lesson in perseverance and WILLINGNESS TO GROW.”
Embracing Our Differences
We recognize that God created a world of infinitely beautiful diversity, and we will live in harmony (not in unison) with each other, our neighbors, and our planet. We do not merely tolerate our differences (demographic, cultural, theological) but we embrace them, knowing that we learn the most from people who are different from us. We expect to disagree at times, and covenant to express conflict lovingly and maturely. Because we know what it means to be marginalized, we strive to protect those to whom society does not listen.
Artist Keith Metz: “Our common bond of worshiping our Lord draws us together as one. But in doing so, we recognize that each one of us comes from a different and multi-layered background. In this painting of ‘Embracing our Differences’, each of the four faces are made up of several layers of oil paint (impasto)-very thick, rough, and at times, caustic. These face are challenging to look at – although made of very bright colors, they are not ‘pretty’ to look at. My goal here is to create abstract faces that reflect the human psyche – faces that have experienced love, joy, fear, and loneliness. Faces which are very different from one another; we have become a group of believers that recognize these differences and use them as building blocks. Just as any sermon can challenge us as God’s people, these faces challenge us to create stronger relationships.”
We All Can
Each of us is authorized and empowered to use our unique talents and passions with respect to titles or degrees. We all can serve God and others in ministry. Whether it is leading worship, starting a new program, praying, feeding the hungry, cleaning the building, giving generously, volunteering at a community organization, etc. we all have a critical role to play. Moreover, we all have a voice in the decisions of our church, and a responsibility to help further its mission with integrity.
Artist Chris Wells: “My primary means of artistic impression is through photography. Looking for the unique perspective, trying to capture the moment from a different point of view is crucial in my work. I strive to have my works exude an energy, a spiritual flow that I feel when I am taking the photo. For this work, I felt very strongly that ‘we all can’ signified the ability we all have to climb our mountains – whether that be physical, spiritual, emotional or whatever that obstacle might be. We all have the capability to push our talents beyond what we thought were our limits and to excel to heights we never imagined. I saw this in the joy of being on top of a mountain, seeing the world below you and knowing that if this can be done, there is no limit to what can be done next.”
Become God’s People for a Changing World
Whether a “church” or a “faith gathering” or a “spiritual community”, we are called to create an environment that cultivates networks of relationships and allows us to perform God’s work together. Whether “progressive” or “contemporary”, we are called to repair, reclaim, restore, and re-imagine the message of Jesus in a way that resonates with new generations. We are the church you grew up in. Instead, we are a unique expression of God’s purpose for this time and this place.
Artist Tim McKay: For this work of poured acrylic paint I chose colors to symbolically address our value to “Be God’s people in a changing world”. Grey and Acid form the changing world. Grey–ambiguous, uncertain. Acid—caustic but also creative, beautiful, engulfing, and sometime frightening. For the Grape pour, I used a chalice from MCCR, pouring paint into the canvas-lined vessel, letting it spill out and over the painting. In doing so, I wanted to highlight how communion is our starting point as a community for engagement—a time of blessing, challenge, and encouragement to be who we are in the fullest sense as we embrace and serve a changing world.