OUR MISSION AND VISION
In Bible studies and prayer services, we asked God again and again to show us who in the community needed us, where we were called to be bridge-builders and reconcilers, who were the "aliens and strangers" we were to "bring near" to the love of Christ. And again and again God kept speaking to us the word of hope and showing to us the sign of the rainbow. As we began understanding the demographic data of our community, we realized that there were over 70 houses of worship to welcome the many diverse ethnic cultures of our community - but not one that was openly welcoming of gays and lesbians. We realized that God was calling us to this ministry of outreach and healing.
The rainbow flags over our baptismal font and front door represent God's covenant with all humanity (no exceptions!), God's promise to make all things new in Christ, and a particular welcome to people of different cultures and sexual orientations.
We plan to develop an AIDS ministry (there isn't one in Passaic) and we are considering various "social" functions such as an alcohol-free coffee-house where people can meet and speak freely of all that is in their hearts. Our greatest effort is to grow closer to God, creating safe space for doubts, questions, anger, wonder, and hope, and work towards God's vision of a just and renewed community in Passaic.