As our fellowship name suggests, we see ourselves as people on the journey of faith. We select study resources which help us to discover life-giving ways to grasp the rich texts of the Bible. We enjoy lively discussions as we ponder and consider our readings of the Bible. We are grateful that frequently, we are joined by guests from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Bluffton University or Goshen College. We value the visits of resource persons from Mennonite Church USA and the Central District Conference.
Our worship is a time of singing, praying and listening. In our gathered worship, we are strengthened in our allegiance to the way of Jesus. Almost every week, we share together at the Lord’s Table. We remember Jesus’ humility and sacrificial love as we serve one another. All who seek to know more about Jesus are welcome at the Table.
A recent Confession of Faith, “Shenandoah Confession” drafted February 2014 by the Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship meeting at Eastern Mennonite University describes the foundations of our study and worship. We desire to grow more deeply in these understandings:
- Confession of faith in Christ as the foundation of peace.
- Love as the root of all things.
- The call of the spirit of God to all for radical pacifist action.
- Acceptance of the truth of the full humanity of all God’s children.
- Inclusion as the guiding principle of action within the spirit.
- Accountability of historical wrongs, especially colonialisms.
- An abiding desire to participate in resilient and just economies.
- The full and unflinching engagement of creative faculties of believers in service of peace.
- Embrace of lives of radical simplicity following the truth of God’s peace on Earth.
- Commitment to deep listening and dialogue as the prophetic intention of Christian pacifism.
- Recognition of failures and continued re-commitment to our principles within community.