A couple of months ago, I read an article by Rachel Held Evans in CNN’S Belief Blog titled “Why Millennials are Leaving the Church.” In it she talks about what seems to be missing in traditional Christianity and also what needs to be found. Here is an excerpt from her article:
Armed with the latest surveys, along with personal testimonies from friends and readers, I explain how young adults perceive evangelical Christianity to be too political, too exclusive, old-fashioned, unconcerned with social justice and hostile to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
We want churches that emphasize an allegiance to the kingdom of God over an allegiance to a single political party or a single nation.
We want our LGBT friends to feel truly welcome in our faith communities.
We want to be challenged to live lives of holiness, not only when it comes to sex, but also when it comes to living simply, caring for the poor and oppressed, pursuing reconciliation, engaging in creation care and becoming peacemakers.
Now these trends are obviously true not only for millennials but also for many folks from other generations. [ref]http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/27/why-millennials-are-leaving-the-church/[/ref]
Perhaps you, too, have the same questions and the same concerns.
Perhaps you, too, have left traditional church because you haven’t found Christ there.
Perhaps you are searching for a Christian church that is inclusive, that lives its faith by caring for others and engaging in ways that promote social justice, is not political, and teaches practical ways to live Christ’s teachings in your daily life.
Perhaps you yearn for Sunday sermons that leave you feeling inspired and uplifted.
If this is you and if you are searching for a church like that, we have good news!
At Unity Church of Antelope Valley…
We are based on the core value of embodying compassion and kindness as the hallmarks of following Christ.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ [ref]Matthew 22: 37-39 [/ref]
We strive to live by Jesus’ teachings in our everyday lives. Each of my Sunday sermons gives ideas as to how we can “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds.” [ref]Romans 12: 2[/ref]
We include everyone. We affirm all people’s worth and dignity.
The LGBT community is welcome here. In fact, people of all races, genders, ages, creeds, religions, national origins, ethnicities, physical disabilities, and sexual orientations are welcome here.
We are concerned with social action, and believe that we must live our faith in practical ways. [ref]Luke 4: 14-19[/ref] We live our faith by working at the homeless shelter, raising funds for poverty in our community and around the world, supporting the food banks, participating in the annual CROP Walk, Plant-a-Row for the Hungry and much more.
We believe that we can live from our Christhood in every area of our daily lives:
our marriages, parenting, sexuality, health, business, financial management, volunteer service, everything! We practice the teachings of Jesus as a way to bring out our highest, wisest, and most loving selves.[ref]Philippians 2: 5[/ref]
We believe that Christianity is a path of inner transformation that will – with practice and prayer – help is to set aside our egos and to live from our Christhood. [ref]John 14: 12[/ref]
Jesus Christ was a model of what God intends for each of us. The time is ripe for us to take the spiritual steps necessary to bring ourselves to Christ – the highest, wisest, most loving way of being human.