Valley Ministries is a Christ centered church.
Our Mission Statement
Our Mission is: Valley Ministries MCC is an inclusive church — loving God and serving God’s diverse people.
- Encouraging everyone in their spiritual journey
- Empowering all to use their spiritual gifts
- Promoting justice and compassion
Metropolitan Community Churches is one chapter in the story of the Church, the Body of Christ. We are people on a journey, learning to live into our spirituality, while affirming our bodies, our genders, our sexualities. We don’t all believe exactly the same things. And yet in the midst of our diversity, we build community, grounded in God’s radically inclusive love for all people. We are part of an ongoing conversation on matters of belief and faith, shaped by scripture and the historic creeds, building on those who have come before us. Our chapter begins when God says to us: “Come, taste, and see.”
“Come, taste, and see.” Jesus Christ, You invite all people to Your open table. You make us Your people, a beloved community. You restore the joy of our relationship with God, even in the midst of loneliness, despair, and degradation. We are each unique and we all belong, a priesthood of all believers. Baptized and filled with Your Holy Spirit, You empower us to be Your healing presence in a hurting world.
We expect to see Your reign on earth as it is in heaven as we work toward a world where everyone has enough, wars cease, and all creation lives in harmony. We affirm Your charge to all of humanity to care for the land, sea, and air. Therefore, we will actively resist systems and structures which are destroying Your creation.
With all of creation we worship You—every tribe, every language, every people, every nation. We know You by many names, Triune God, beyond comprehension, revealed to us in Jesus Christ, who invites us to the feast.
People often misquote the teachings of Christ to exclude others. The words of Jesus Christ plainly offer the message of hope and freedom to anyone and everyone, specifically Jesus stated “whosoever believes…“. God intended unconditional love and salvation to be a gift for every human being, including gay men, lesbians, bi-sexuals, and transgendered people. The greatest tragedy of the Christian Church is the exclusion and persecution it so passionately offers at the expense of the grace of God which Christ promoted as the only essential. Jesus Christ calls us to find ultimate meaning in life through a personal relationship with our Creator. This important spiritual union can bring healing and strength to all of our human relationships.
For more detailed information, refer to the links below.
The Bible and Homosexuality by Rev. Mona West, PhD
Homosexuality: Not a Sin, Not a Sickness by Rev. Elder Don Eastman
Our Story Too… Reading the Bible with New Eyes… a Three part study written by Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson & Members of MCC Board of Elders:
Part One: Reading the Bible with New Eyes
Part Two: The GLBT Family in the Bible
Part Three: Same Sex Relationships in the Bible