God is eternally good and fair. If God were not good and fair, then I would have
no interest in knowing or pleasing God. If God is good, then God is not cruel, impatient,
or egoistic. If God is fair, then God would not have established one true religion
in a time and location removed from vast portions of humanity. I believe that a good
and fair God’s essential truth and love is equally available to all of us in all
times through immanent presence and transcendent longing. I believe that God intervenes
only through this transcendence and immanence and our incarnating of God’s will.
I believe that God is a Mystery and that our primary life responsibility is to seek
God and to live out God as best we can. I believe that our best tool of discernment
is love. While our understanding will never be complete and our living out will never
be perfect, we are called to continue to strive towards God. I believe that in our
moments of loving understanding we share God’s eternity and that is our salvation.
I have no expectation of a personal afterlife. I feel privileged to love and attempt
to live out God in this life and that is enough. It’s not about me; it is about God.
I believe that we are in the process of unraveling the mystery of God on personal,
and global levels by increasing our intellectual understanding and capacity to love
and by experiencing glimpses of God in mystical union and heartfelt devotion and
trying to incorporate those mystical glimpses, intellectual insights, and capacities
to love into our living of life. We share with God the desire for homecoming of Creator
I believe that organized religions say more about man's reaching out to God than
God's reaching out to man. I recognize that organized religions were formed and are
sustained by imperfect men with biases and agendas; therefore, I do not believe in
the inerrancy of any holy book or decree. Man does sometimes get it right so I think
that searching one or more organized religions for the beauty, truth, or peace therein
is a worthwhile endeavor which may supplement our private, essential relationship
with God. Specific to Christianity, I believe that Jesus was a man filled with God’s
goodness who understood and lived out God. To the extent that Jesus’ thoughts and
actions were more in keeping with God’s than our thoughts and actions, Jesus was
more Godlike than we are and should be emulated. I think we are all children of God
who have the potential to lead our lives in Godlike ways. I believe that God is bigger
than the world yet pervades the world with invitation and presence and challenges
us to incarnate God’s will in the world.