Philosophy of Worship

SIMPLICITY: It should be a simplicity that is not barren or boring, but one that allows worshipers to experience and honor God deeply and meaningfully. In our increasingly complicated world, simplicity can help bring us back to ourselves and to the Holy.

SILENCE: A time for silent reflection of some sort allows worshipers a way to just be still and know God's presence with and within us. In our increasingly boisterous world, silence can help us better hear the Spirit's still, small voice.

BEAUTY: Music and readings are a common way to incorporate beauty in worship services. Poetry is another way. Somehow using art and photography is yet another possibility. With so much ugliness - packaged prettily or not - sold to us, beauty helps us see the free creativity of God.

LEARNING: Spiritual and intellectual learning can transform us. In offering thought-provoking sermons that get at what is most essential, deep learning is fostered and hopefully put to use in our lives. In our world of too much information, focusing on the essentials of religious faith and practice aids us in cultivating our minds and spirits.

CONVERSATION: Deep listening, which is the basis of meaningful conversation, is an art too often missing in worship. Offering the occasional interview in the place of the sermon is a good way to facilitate conversation. In our increasingly self-absorbed world, learning the art of deep listening can help us be better citizens and better people.

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