“Friends, let us love one another, for love is of God.” (I John 4:7) In a world that may try to force you to take a side and label yourself, we open our doors to say “welcome.” At Hyde Park Community we step forward, leaning in to listen and love one another. All perspectives, both theologically and personally, are welcome. At Hyde Park Community, all means all.
“So God created humankind in God’s image, male and female, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” At the end of the sixth day of Creation we read that God looked over everything that God had made and said, “It was very good.” (from Genesis 1)
You bear the very image of God in your being. You are a child of God. At Hyde Park Community you are embraced as a beloved child of God. No matter where you have been, who you are, or what you have done, you are welcome here. At Hyde Park Community all means all.
On the day of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, the Holy Spirit came. “All of them were filled with the Hoy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.” (Acts 2:4) People from various backgrounds, cultures, and languages were present. God’s love is still poured out today on all, regardless of things the world might tell us. At Hyde Park Community, we are a “big tent” with room for all. You are welcome here. At Hyde Park Community, all means all.
We are grieved that part of God’s family has been injured by the recent decision of General Conference that tightened the ban on gay clergy and same-sex unions. “If one member suffers, we all suffer together….” We are a church that welcomes all – regardless of how you identify yourself or how you interpret the Bible you are welcome in our community. At Hyde Park Community, all means all.