People asked Jesus what was most important, and he answered, to love your God and to love your neighbor. In a nutshell, this is what we try to do. We trust that God loves us unconditionally, and believe that our response to God’s grace should be to return God’s love as we accept and help all people. This is why our church has always been active in outreach to people in need.
We have the same mission as all United Methodists: “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” This means that we are always trying to become better followers of Jesus ourselves by our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. And we invite others to do the same.
Our vision at Lynnewood is “Dare to question, love, and serve.” We want to grapple with questions of theology and meaning in life. We want to love all people and invite folks into new opportunities for spiritual growth. And we want to serve the needs of people less fortunate than we are whenever we can.
We cultivate our beliefs by reading and studying the Bible, by practicing the traditions of our faith, by experiencing God in prayer and in worship, and by really thinking about what we believe. We draw on these four elements that build a quadrilateral for our understanding of how we are to live as Christians: Scripture, tradition, experience, and reason.
Our church participates in an interfaith community, and we believe that there are many paths to God. Ours is through a relationship with Jesus Christ. But we do not try to convert people whose religious practice is different from ours. We live in a multi-religious world and believe mutual respect is the key to world peace.
In keeping with our pursuit of embodying mutual respect with all people, Lynnewood took the bold step of declaring itself to be a Reconciling Congregation in December of 2016. Reconciling Congregations are United Methodist churches which adopt and live by a public statement of inclusion that reaches beyond the parameters articulated in the UM Book of Discipline. Over 800 United Methodist congregations throughout the country have publically declared their welcome to all persons regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Lynnewood is now among those congregations, and continues to discern what it means to extend truly wide welcome to all God’s children.
As a congregation, we recognize that we have a lot to learn, and we certainly don’t know all the answers, but we believe we can work together to do some good in the world. We hope you’ll join us.