Who We Are at Redeemer
At Redeemer, we strive to share genuine hospitality with all who visit our space—whether they’re playing on our outdoor basketball courts, working in our community garden, attending a music program or community meeting, or gathering for worship in our sanctuary. We believe that every person is a beloved child of God, and we work hard not to put "conditions" on that divine love.
Redeemer is in an urban setting, blessed with a rich diversity of people who care about the well-being of the life around us. We are a people centered in the Good News of Jesus Christ, relying on God's unconditional love for us and all people. Mutual caring, forgiveness, and reconciliation are values that we continually strive to embody.
A Welcome Without Condition or Exception
Our welcome is unconditional, extending to people of all races and ethnicities, all socioeconomic levels, all sexual orientations and gender expressions, all mental and physical abilities—in short, all of God’s children. We come together here as followers of Jesus who seek to share his wide embrace with everyone we meet. We believe that we are on a life-giving journey, and we invite all who seek such a life of love and truth and understanding to travel with us.
Reconciling in Christ
To underscore our openness, Redeemer is officially registered as a 'Reconciling in Christ' congregation. That designation means that gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex, and transgender individuals are welcomed here and encouraged to participate fully in the life of this congregation—without distinction or exception. Learn more at:
What We Mean by “Lutheran”
Like other denominations, Lutherans have self-divided into different subgroups over the years. Redeemer is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest Lutheran subgroup in the United States. For us, "evangelical" means that we center our lives on the Good News of Jesus. We believe in God’s radical grace, or unconditional love, which is the foundation of our lives.
As Lutherans, we follow some ancient traditions that provide a starting point, but never an ending point, for our worship together. Those traditions honor our past and establish a basic order, or structure, to which we then add our own creative and diverse energy. As a result, Redeemer’s Lutheran expression is similar to but different from that of other Lutheran congregations.
As the church of the Reformation, we continue to search and question. We are never afraid to challenge, especially when other religious voices constrain and condemn. We believe in the expansiveness of God’s Spirit and are always focused on the well-being of the least among us. When issues are unclear, we are content to live with questions.
For a full booklet about our beliefs and about the Lutheran faith, click here.