CHRIST We believe that God has been made known in Jesus Christ. To be a Christian is to follow Jesus in all that we say and do.
UNITY We practice unity and inclusion at the Lord’s Table for the sake of mission and for the sake of the world as the one family of God. Most Disciples congregations do this by celebrating communion every Sunday. This is why we use the chalice as our logo.
BAPTISM We practice believer’s baptism by immersion. Baptism is the basis of membership in the Church and also a mark that every person is called to serve God—the ideas of a “priesthood of all believers.”
FAITH We honor our heritage as a movement of Christian unity by partnering with other faith communities to work for bringing about wholeness—healing and justice—in the world. This is what it means to be “ecumenical.”
SCRIPTURE We are called to study and read scripture for ourselves. Rather than having tests of faith and creedal statements, we critically and thoughtfully study scripture, taking into account the historical and cultural context in which it was written.
COVENANT We also honor the heritage of Christian unity by staying together in covenant as a witness to the world that even when we disagree we can still make room, welcoming all to the table as Christ has welcomed us. Our spiritual ancestors were fond of saying “unity, not uniformity.”
MISSION We move to answer God’s call for justice particularly in the area of care for the earth, the challenges for women and children, poverty and hunger and immigration. We seek to do this work in cooperation with other people of faith. Some say we “get dirty for Jesus” as a way of conveying the hands-on mission orientation of many of our faith communities.