As people of faith, we seek to better our selves, our community, and our world through integrity, justice, and hope.
We at High Street Church commit ourselves to …
- Welcoming all people who share our values into our community of faith and hope,
- Offering persons of all ages opportunities to learn and to grow,
- Embracing diversity, believing that everyone deserves a place where they feel safe, honored and included,
- Living our faith through works that positively transform ourselves, our community and our world,
- Giving a home and a voice to religious liberalism in Middle Georgia, and
- Celebrating the passages and milestones of our individual lives and our common work.
This is the working vision of our faith community. To this, we pledge our best efforts and our gifts.
Recognizing our power to heal, to help, and to hurt one another through word and deed we will:
- remember that how we say and do things is as important as what we say and do,
- strive always to speak and act with compassion, empathy, and understanding of each others’ vulnerability, and
- accept responsibility for our individual actions within the community.
Celebrating the diversity of our congregation, we will:
- care for, celebrate, and be role models for our children,
- value the contribution of all generations, from the enthusiasm and questioning of the youngest to the wisdom and experience of the elders among us, and
- remember always that relationship, inclusiveness, and the democratic process are part of our ministry together.
Understanding the importance of our faith community in our own lives and in the life of our community, we will:
- practice deep listening, remaining engaged when we hear something that is difficult,
- endeavor at all times to speak kindly to each other and to listen with the expectation of good intentions on the part of those with whom we interact, and
- recognize that reconciliation, in its various forms, is preferred to walking away and agree to remain in relationship and begin again in love.