… an inclusive, open and affirming family of faith, welcoming all to God’s table of love and acceptance. We are diverse, yet united by Christ’s example. We care for one another, support one another and challenge one another to become all that God creates us to be. We work together to nurture our community and to promote peace and justice in our conflicted world.
Countryside Community Church is a fully inclusive, open and affirming Christian community.
Many in our congregation have found that the Phoenix Affirmations resonate with their faith experience. The Phoenix Affirmations are twelve principles of Christian faith, developed by pastors, laypeople, theologians and biblical scholars across many denominational traditions, which are organized around the Three Great Loves identified by Jesus: love of God, neighbor, and self. The Phoenix Affirmations are not a creed, and therefore make no claim to determine “authentic” from “inauthentic” Christian belief. They are simply a set of affirmations that many have found helpful on their spiritual journey.
The Phoenix Affirmations state:
Christian love of God includes:
- Walking fully in the path of Jesus, without denying the legitimacy of other that God may provide fro humanity.
- Listening for God’s Word which comes through daily prayer and meditation, studying the ancient testimonies which we call Scripture, and attending to God’s present activity in the world.
- Celebrating the God whose spirit pervades and whose glory is reflected in all of God’s creation, including earth and its ecosystems, the sacred and secular, the Christian and non-Christian, the human and non-human.
- Expressing our love in worship that is as sincere, vibrant, and artful as it is scriptural.
- Engaging people authentically, as Jesus did, treating all as creations made in God’s very image, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, nationality, or economic class.
- Standing, as Jesus does, with the outcast and oppressed, the denigrated and afflicted, seeking peace and justice with or without the support of others.
- Preserving religious freedom and the church’s ability to speak prophetically to government by resisting the commingling of church and state.
- Walking humbly with God, acknowledging our own shortcomings while honestly seeking to understand and call forth the best in others, including those who consider us their enemies.
- Basing our lives on the faith that in Christ all things are made new and that we, and all people, are loved beyond our wildest imagination – for eternity.
- Claiming the sacredness of both our minds and our hearts, and recognizing that faith and science, doubt and belief serve the pursuit of truth.
- Caring for our bodies and insisting on taking time to enjoy the benefits of prayer, reflection, worship, and recreation in addition to work.
- Acting on the faith that we are born with a meaning and purpose; a vocation and ministry that serve to strengthen and extend God’s realm of love.
Christian love of neighbor includes:
Christian love of self includes: