These are the foundational commitments, practices, and dispositions that will become the conduits of God’s grace in our midst. In order to live out our calling as a community, we all say “yes!” to these things every day.
As followers of Christ in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, we seek to join with God in His work of redeeming all things and to “make the gospel visible through the parable of community”.
Our simple purpose is summarized in the following statement: Living in Christ with one another for the sake of God’s mission in Hyde Park and the world.
In order to fulfill this purpose, we know that we must become a certain kind of people – a certain kind of community – and we are deeply aware that good intentions alone will not accomplish this goal. As philosopher Dallas Willard writes,
“The general human failing is to want what is right and important, but at the same time not to commit to the kind of life that will produce the action we know to be right and the condition we want to enjoy… We intend what is right, but we avoid the life that would make it reality.”
We believe that the tendency toward this “general human failing” requires us to arrange our life together more intentionally. This “intentionality” in our common life begins with the articulation of several core practices and dispositions which, we believe, will become the “sources” of our community. By this, we mean that these are the foundational commitments, practices, and dispositions that will become the conduits of God’s grace in our midst. In order to live out our calling as a community, we all say “yes” to these things every day: