The people of St John’s proudly proclaim their progressive nature. By this we mean that we fundamentally see our faith as being about shared values, shared commitments, and shared mission, not necessarily shared “beliefs.” When we do use “believe” language, we intend this to indicate what we choose to trust as truth, follow in our faith path, or practice in our spiritual (and secular) lives.

We accept people where they are without insisting that they conform their thought processes to some real or imagined standard. Participation in the life of our church does not require “belief” in propositions that run contrary to scientific education and training. We value honesty above other virtues, and place more emphasis on intellectual integrity that on religious doctrine. We never demand the pretense of believing what seems to make no sense.

That being said, we enjoy studying and sharing our various theological perspectives and expanding our horizons with respect to ways of understanding our life together as unashamed People of the Way of Jesus, the Christ.

Our Mission

The mission of St John’s on the Lake is to reclaim Christianity as a faith of extravagant love and grace, radical inclusion and hospitality, and relentless compassion and companionship.

Our Faith Is Over 2000 Years Old, Our Thinking Is Not

  • Anne Hutchinson

    What law have I broken?

    "Will is please you to answer me this and to give me a rule for them, I will willingly submit to any truth. If any come to my house to be instructed in the ways of God what rule have I to put them away?"
  • John Wesley

    Do all the good you can.

    "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."
  • George Whitefield

    Press forward. Do not stop.

    Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you."
  • Charles Wesley

    Hark the herald angels sing.

    "Hark the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new-born king." Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!"
  • Marcus Borg

    Change it for the better.

    "Christianity’s goal is not escape from this world. It loves this world and seeks to change it for the better."
  • John Shelby Spong

    The Bible tells me that.

    "The Bible tells me that every life is holy; the Bible tells me that every life is loved; the Bible tells me that every life is called to be all that it can be."
  • Diana Butler Bass

    Christianity did not begin with a confession.

    "Christianity did not begin with a confession. It began with an invitation into friendship, into creating a new community, into forming relationships based on love and service."
  • John Dominic Crossan

    We are now dumb enough to take them literally.

    "My point, once again, is not that those ancient people told literal stories and we are now smart enough to take them symbolically, but that they told them symbolically and we are now dumb enough to take them literally."