- Faith In Action
- Faith Formation
Photos: Kelly Williams
Park Slope United Methodist Church is a community with open arms and expansive theology, a warm spirit, a critical mind, and a compassionate heart.
We believe our job is to nurture hearts, minds and spirits so that inwardly we can be transformed, and outwardly we can become agents of change in our struggling world.
We want people to be the church rather than just go to church. We want “church” to signify a living, breathing community reflecting the radical life and teachings of Jesus. We haven’t perfected that yet, so we are always striving to do better.
We are a motley crew: “Black and white, straight and gay, old and young, rich and poor,” as our creed puts it. Because of and despite our diversity, we are convinced that God has open arms, and God intends us to be a community. It’s this core belief that helps us keep our living, breath, quirky community together.
Some of us are life-long churchgoers, and some of us just stepped inside a church for the first time. Some of us attend protests, sign petitions, serve meals and staff shelters. Some of us spend time in prayer or study. All of us believe that a life of faith includes heaping helpings of both prayer and action.
During the week, we come together for reflective, peaceful Taizé Prayer Services, which include simple, modern chants, a brief reading of Scripture, a long period of peaceful silence, and some time for intercessory prayer.
Sunday morning services, on the other hand, are lively! Our prayers, words, and liturgies are drawn from rich traditional sources as well as contemporary ones. We sing plenty of conventional hymns, but we also sing Gospel tunes, protest songs, and, on a good day, the young members of our congregation shake things up with music you might never expect to hear in church.
We are a community that takes the bible seriously, but not literally. We know the Bible records people’s experiences of God over thousands of years and expect it to say different things to different people. We explore it, ask it questions, wrestle with our readings, and respect the interpretations of others.
We believe in shared leadership because we are all ministers. Everyone has the opportunity to take action—join a group, create a program, serve those in need, initiate a dialogue, explore a particular question of faith—which means we are constantly growing, shifting, reorganizing, and trying new things. The Spirit is always doing new things, and we try to create the flexibility for you and the church to do new things, too.
If you are looking to explore your faith, meet others, equip yourself for service, or find some help to hold your life together, we have a community to offer you. Wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here, with us.