Our Faith Confession

Who we are and what we do as a church is shaped by what we believe about God and humanity. Our beliefs are not new, but we always seek to make them come alive in our contemporary world. Along with the Bible and Christian traditions passed down throughout history, our beliefs and actions are informed by the Apostle’s Creed, the earliest confession of the Christian faith, and The Episcopal Church’s Baptismal Covenant, our unique understanding of how Christians, both individually and corporately, follow the way of Jesus.
 

The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
 
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day, he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
 

The Baptismal Covenant

We promise to continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers; persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord; proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ; seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself; strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.
 
These beliefs are not barriers to being a part of our community. Good Samaritan is a Christian community that welcomes questions, embraces mystery, and recognizes that, while anchored in history and tradition, our beliefs are still being informed and shaped by the Holy Spirit.