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We believe that the Holy Spirit calls us to be a Christian community on the Wartburg campus as witnesses to God’s presence through the love of Christ in the following ways…
Practicing Radical Hospitality
We believe that all people are created in the image of God with no exceptions (age, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender, etc). We are called to extravagantly welcome all who “come as Christ among u.s” (Deut. 10:19, Matthew 25:35)
Gathering around the cross in word and sacrament.
Jesus was baptized, worshipped in community, and commanded his followers to do the same. We remember him as we gather around the cross to receive his body and blood. (Matthew 28:19, Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:24)
Commitment to both unity and diversity.
The Spirit works in unique ways to bind together the Body of Christ without diminishing diversity and difference. The community at Wartburg is comprised of many different flavors of Christians and we strive to respect one another’s beliefs while remaining unified in our witness to Christ. We also respect the dignity of people from non-Christian faith traditions or no faith tradition. (John 17:24, Acts 2, 1 Corinthians 12:12-26)
Jesus calls us to daily pick up our cross and follow him, dying to ourselves so that we might live for others. We strive to embody the love of Christ by setting aside personal agendas and preoccupation with self. This frees us to share the love of Christ with all our neighbors. (Luke 9:23, Galatians 2:20)
We aspire to faithfully live according to this way of life and invite you to join us. Despite our best intentions we often fall short and need forgiveness from God and others. We are reminded that this is okay in these words from Martin Luther based on Matthew 13:31.
“A whole life is made not of godliness but of the process of becoming godly. A whole life is not known by health but by getting well, not by being but by becoming, not by rest but by exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are on our way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. We have not reached the goal, but we are on the right road. At present everything does not gleam and sparkle. But everything is being made new.” – Martin Luther