Core BeliefsOur Story
John Wesley was a campus minister that never meant to start a church. Instead he started a movement during his time at Oxford in England during the late 1700’s. It was a college ministry that expanded into Great Britain and became a church in America, which is now called the United Methodist Church.
John Wesley believed the message of Jesus Christ was for all people everywhere. He claimed “the world as my parish.” Meaning that the world was his church.
When asked what we should do to be faithful, John Wesley gave us three simple rules:
Do no harm.
Stay in Love with God.
We are a non-creedal church, which means, you do not have to believe in a certain set of doctrinal truths in order to belong or to be faithful to God. What is of importance is having the heart of God, the heart that was in Jesus Christ. John Wesley believed, that, “Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may.” Admittedly, that makes it difficult to sometimes agree on what our church stands for or believes. That can be frustrating for some, but liberating for others.
We believe in God’s grace as expressed through Jesus Christ. That is, God’s love is unconditional and for everyone. Jesus Christ, as the embodiment of such love, suffered and died, as many do, because of their practice of an all-encompassing unconditional love. We strive to be perfected in this love but also know that we often fail. That’s okay, that’s why we have a supporting community that reminds us that we are always loved, that life is not easy, and that we don’t have to go it alone.
At Valley Wesley Foundation we accept all people as part of our membership and leadership, no matter your background, social status, ethnicity, gender or sexual identity.
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