Values of the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends

Northwest Yearly Meeting recently went through a Wooden Crossprocess to seek Christ’s leading to identify the values we hold dear that should be emphasized as we enter the 21st century. These values do not supersede any previous statements of faith, but they represent those values we feel can speak well to the condition of people today.

Those values are as follows:

1. Jesus Christ is present with His church. Jesus Christ is actively present with as as Savior, Teacher, Lord, Healer and Friend. Christ is immediately accessible to all that believe in Him. Those who take time to listen to Christ can hear His voice and follow Him, individually and collectively.

2. Scripture calls us to account and helps us know God’s will. The Bible, inspired and interpreted by the Holy Spirit, shows us what God requires of us and provides authoritative and unfailing spiritual guidance for our lives today.

3. The Holy Spirit transforms and empowers us. The Holy spirit enlightens our paths and transforms our lives. As we yield our lives to God and become immersed in the life of the Spirit, things change. Despair gives way to hope, and weakness gives way to empowerment. All things indeed become new.

4. We are called to be and to make followers of Christ. Christ, through His Spirit transforms us to be more like Him. He enables us to live lives of integrity and righteousness and calls us to bring others into this relationship. We listen to Christ, we obey Him, and we teach others how to do the same.

5. We are called to live out Christ’s love. Jesus reveals the fullest measure of God’s love by His example in His death on the cross. As we become more Christ-like, we hope to display this same quality of love corporately and individually to those around us.

6. We are called to be agents of God’s peace and love to everyone. We are called to work for justice and to be agents of peace in a broken world. Whether situations of conflict and confusion are personal, national or global – within the church or beyond it – we are called to be agents of the same healing and love we have received from God.

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