Guiding Principles

Squaw Valley Chapel
Squaw Valley Chapel

We are Christian – We perceive in Jesus the divine qualities of love, peace, compassion, and justice. We are drawn to the specific tradition and history that has gathered around his name.

We are Open-Minded – We understand faith as a quest, not a settled certainty. We cherish the Bible for its rich content
of metaphor, symbol, story, and history, and also believe that God provides other sources of spiritual wisdom. We will
listen to different points of view with the expectation that we can learn and grow.

We are Spiritual – We believe God is a spirit of love that can be felt and known by each one of us. We believe that Christianity is as much about the heart as the head, as much about the body as the mind. “Spiritual” means praying for a better world, and rolling up our sleeves to feed the hungry, care for the sick and anguished, house the homeless, and advocate for a just society.

We are Evolving – We are willing to try new ways of being faithful, considering innovation and change.

We are Diverse – We celebrate the differences among us and trust that these differences strengthen community. To us, “diverse” means that all are free to seek their own guiding principles in our midst.

We Welcome Everyone – No matter who you are or where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.

– Adopted by the members of Squaw Valley Chapel, November 2011