Squamish United Church: What We Believe
Squamish United Church is a place that welcomes your questions of faith. At the heart of our community is a belief that how we live is as important as what we believe. Squamish United Church follows a progressive form of Christianity which means:
We take the Bible very seriously but not literally.
We understand the bible as inspired by God, written by humans in the context of ancient communities. It is a record of how those people understood and experienced God and their life of faith. We use the Bible as a central source of wisdom, inspiration, revelation, understanding and guidance for our life.
We follow the Way of Jesus
As Christians we understand Jesus to be the person and divine of our faith who shows us what it means to live fully connected with The Holy. We look to the story of Jesus and the way he lived as a model for our own living. We understand Jesus as both a figure of history and a mysterious presence we refer to as Christ within and amongst us. We recognize the life, death and resurrection of Jesus to all be significant within his and our faith life. Through this understanding we gain a deeper sense of what it means to be created in the image of the God.
We are not alone. God is with us
We understand God to be ‘In him we live and move and have our being’ (Acts 17:28). We call “God” by many names and experience the sacred in a variety of ways. We believe God is revealed to us through scripture, reason, creation, communities and the experiences of our own lives and faith. We experience God as something larger than ourselves and yet part of us. We understand God in human form primarily through Jesus.
Community Helps us Honour and Sustain the Sacred
We gather in church community for support, companionship, connection, challenge, accountability and to experience God with one another. Journeying with others reminds us of the foundations of the Christian path as lived out in scripture. Communal life provides the opportunity to engage the rituals of the Christian tradition, which help to shape, form and sustain us.
For further information on the beliefs of the United Church of Canada please visit the United Church of Canada Website.