• Gracious Hospitality

    Hospitality is at the heart of Christian faith because we believe in a triune God (God the Father, God the Son, God the Spirit). In Himself God demonstrates faithful and hospitable community. In the gospel we see God making room for us to share in His life through Jesus Christ. Therefore it informs all we do. By practicing gracious hospitality we break down cultural and social barriers and find surprising friendships as we learn to set aside differences or embrace them, and “welcome one another just as Christ has welcomed us." 

  • Relentless hope

    Hope is more than a wish; it is a conviction that there is something better and is deeply rooted in the expectation that God is making all things new. So we choose to be prisoners of hope because we believe that if the Christian understanding of the Incarnation (God becoming human in Jesus Christ) teaches us anything it is that no one deserves to be abandoned, even if it is of their own making. God did not give up on us, so we do not give up on others because we refuse to give up on Him. With relentless hope we move forward.

  • Compassion

    It has been said that compassion is an emotional upheaval in our gut that reminds us that what we see in the brokenness of humanity is not right. Poverty. Homelessness. Abandonment. It's just not right. Tangible acts of compassion is what happens when our eyes are opened and hearts awakened to that reality that something must change and, because of King Jesus, can.

  • listening

    If we are to embrace any of our values we must learn to listen both to God and one another, to our neighborhoods and our cities. If we are to join Him in what He is doing and bear witness to His love with our lips and lives, we must turn one ear up to God and one ear out to others. To embrace a posture of listening is of great importance as it is in listening that we learn how to love and serve in the most appropriate way.

  • justice

    We believe that God is restoring all of creation, making right all that has been made wrong due to violence, greed and fear. As we live and bear witness to God's love and presence in the world, we find ourselves in the midst of ugly powers, systems of greed, and self-serving posturing. A life of faith, love and gracious hospitality doesn't always align with these powers and therefore to promote peace and restoration we must sometimes humbly confront these broken systems and set ourselves to make right what has been wrong. 

  • lOve

    In our society love can mean a lot of things. For us, love is pictured perfectly in the Divine love as expressed in the Incarnation as revealed in the Christian Scripture: in the Person of Jesus God Himself came to humanity to show us what it looks like to be fully human, to love freely and sacrificially. Love propels us forward as we move closer to others in radical embrace. Love compels us to forgive and work toward reconciliation. According to the teachings of Jesus, every good action taken and kind word spoken should rest upon the love of God and neighbor. So in love we aim to give freely and serve sacrificially. 

  • friendship

    To us, people are never projects. We believe that all people are made in God's image and since Jesus is as the apostle Paul said, the "image of the invisible God," He is our divine model of friendship. From Him we learn that as we offer gracious hospitality to all people, we discover surprising friendships along the way. Some of our friends are in greater need than others, and our understanding is that friends should share one another's burdens. In doing so, shared experiences are created, love is formed and lives are changed.