Our Statement of Faith:
We are children of God, who is love. We are here on earth to grow up like Christ, who showed us the way.
Members of our church are not required to believe in detailed doctrines. But the following articles can help you to explore some of the key themes and possibilities of our spiritual worldview:
- Our Divine Nature and Calling
- The Stages of Spiritual Growth: An Integral Christian View
- God’s Plan for the Restoration of All
- Hell: A Restorationist View — What the Bible Really Teaches about Sin, Judgment, and Salvation
- The True Gospel Restored: Divine Humanity and God’s Plan of Universal Salvation
- The Body of Christ: A Universalist Perspective on Divine Manifestation and Human Destiny
- Reincarnation and the Resurrection: A Biblical View
- Why Be a Christian? A Question for Spiritual Progressives
- Against Junk Food Religion: Cheap Grace, Prosperity Theology, etc.
- God’s Love Can Never Fail: The True Meaning of the Cross of Christ
- Christian Universalism and the New Age Movement
These articles can help you learn more about the practical mission of our church:
- The Missing Institution: Envisioning a Zealous Progressive Church
- The Economic Mission of the Church: Early Christian Teachings for the New Millennium
- The Divine Feminine and Gender Equality
Check out our Sermons & Articles page for many more!
Consistent with our belief in universal salvation through Jesus Christ, our church is affiliated with the Christian Universalist Association.
An Inclusive Community
The Universal Church of the Restoration, as its name implies, is not intended to be a sect for a specific subculture of people. Our church is meant for everyone who shares our faith in a high vision of human potential as taught by Jesus Christ.
Love, learning, giving, and service to each other — no matter our differences — are core values that can unite us.
To be clear:
- We value racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. Racism is an all-too-common sin, and we should try to overcome it by focusing on our universal humanity and the beauty of diversity in the human family. Jesus taught his fellow Jews not to be prejudiced against Samaritans (Luke 10:25-37), and Paul said “There is neither Jew nor Greek … you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28).
- LGBTQ people are welcome and accepted in our church, including those who are in same-sex marriages. The Gospel is a transcendent message for all people — it does not exclude people based on ancient Hebrew laws, such as prohibitions regarding sex, eating pork and shellfish, etc. Loving whomever you love is much more important than outdated religious legalism.
- Our church does not exclude or judge anyone based on personal appearance and lifestyle choices such as clothing, hairstyle, tattoos, piercings, whether to eat meat, whether to drink alcohol or use other mood-altering substances (in moderation), or anything else that does not cause significant harm to oneself or others.
- You don’t have to be a liberal activist or in some way unusual or countercultural to join our community. “Come as you are” — even if that means you wear a suit and tie, are in a heterosexual marriage with children, and even if you are politically conservative. (But on that last point, don’t be surprised to hear our pastor criticize the immorality of greed, dishonesty, and lack of compassion among politicians.)
- We don’t believe “Christian” means “other religions have nothing good to offer.” In our church, we don’t automatically dismiss or ignore spiritual writings beyond the canonical Bible and the Christian religious tradition. Although we consider the Bible to be our primary religious source text, we can talk openly about the wisdom that is found in various sources. Truth is truth, no matter the culture or labels. Mature Christians understand this, trusting that the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth.