What Guides Our Work

Mission

We seek the peace of our city through the creative, compassionate, and prayerful development of people and communities.

Vision

Our vision is a city where families are transcending poverty, in part because churches and faith communities are helping in ways that are genuinely helpful and empowering. It is a city where communities are being led by those who were once labeled as least, last, and lost. This vision draws its inspiration from scripture, which provides the breath-taking image of a city where those who were once poor now prosper, where children are no longer doomed to misfortune, and where unlikely partners live and work together in peace (Isaiah 65:17-25).

Values

Presence - We are followers of Jesus from different streams of the Christian tradition. Our shared faith is built upon the story of God's presence among us, fully sharing the human experience. The incarnation invites us to be fully present as we share life with our neighbors.

Prayer - In our often-intense urban context, we are learning the value of quieting our hearts and minds in order to listen for the voice of God. Prayer is itself a kind of presence: being present to God; trusting that God is fully present to us.

Peacemaking - Seeking the peace of the city means unplugging from the violence of rivalry and exclusion that come so naturally, pursuing instead relationship and collaboration, including with people whose worldviews may differ from ours, for the shared joy of building healthy and welcoming communities.