Essence of the One: A Statement of Faith


We believe in the divine spirit
    that not only created but,
        continues to create & speak
             in our time. 

We find meaning and
   hear God’s calling, luring voice
        through Jesus, our Christ. 

We understand the mystery as,
   Father, Son, & Holy Ghost…
As Creator, Redeemer, & Sustainer…
As Eternal, Incarnate, &
   Ever- present…
As Infinite, Presence, & Energy…

We understand the mystery using words
that barely describe the essence of the One. 

And, yet, deep within we know
   the love, the peace,
       and extravagant grace that is. 

We open our hearts & minds to
    God’s possibilities recognizing
        that no words are adequate. 

The Divine One calls us
   to grow & learn,
   to be & act,
   to care & love,
       and beyond.

In becoming the people
  God calls us to be,
      we pledge our whole selves.  Amen. 

Tim strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect grandchildren. Tim serves as Senior Pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

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