WHO WE ARE
Reba Place Church is a congregation centered on Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God, rooted in an Anabaptist tradition, catholic in spirit, evangelical in conviction, charismatic in practice, antiracist in calling, and inclusive in love.
Reba Place Church is a congregation rooted in an Anabaptist tradition
Reba Place Church is affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA. We affirm the 1995 Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective: Summary Statement as an expression of our faith for teaching and nurture in the life of the church. The Anabaptist traditions began in sixteenth century Europe as Christians attempted to realize the fullness and vitality of the church envisioned in the New Testament. By confessing that we are an Anabaptist church we are declaring our continuity with a Christian tradition focused on the church as a deliberate community of disciples practicing love, peace, and justice in the world.
We are catholic in spirit
The word catholic refers to the universal church. To be catholic is to recognize our membership in a worldwide church that is not bound by language, ethnicity, nationality, or citizenship. By confessing that we are an Anabaptist church that is also catholic in spirit we are declaring our commitment to listen for God’s word to us through other Christian traditions. We acknowledge the importance and integrity of our inherited faith traditions and ethnic cultures, yet we seek to learn from others in order to further clarify our mission and extend our witness in the world.
We are a community dedicated to reclaiming and sharing the good news of Jesus
We are dedicated to sharing the good news that through Jesus Christ, God is transforming individuals, communities and the world! Jesus came to teach and enact a new kingdom of peace, justice and reconciliation and we seek to do the same. As a diverse and welcoming community, we strive for a posture of hospitality as friends and strangers alike join our journey of faith, humbly sharing joys and blessings, and welcoming the questions and challenges which inevitably arise.
Note: We say we are reclaiming and sharing the good news of Jesus because we acknowledge and continue to repent of our complicity in the damage that has been done by many Christians in the name of “evangelicalism.” Examples of these harmful faith expressions have included but are not limited to: religious fundamentalism, racism, misogyny, colonialism, anti-LGBT theology, and xenophobia.
We are charismatic in practice
The word charismatic refers to the gifts of grace that come through the power of God the Holy Spirit. To be charismatic is to be baptized, filled, and gifted by God for engaged worship, empowered community, and energetic witness. By confessing that we are an Anabaptist church that is charismatic in practice we are declaring our dependence upon God for our identity, guidance, and effectiveness. The intimacy of God’s presence in our individual and corporate lives is our greatest need and desire.
We are antiracist in calling
The word antiracist refers to the necessity to oppose and stand against the demonic power of racial division that is such a “stronghold” in US society. By confessing our calling to be antiracist we acknowledge that a specific word to us in the 1990s focused our attention on the basic, timeless biblical message that evangelism and justice are inseparable. While we acknowledge that all oppression is against God’s desire for humanity to be one loving family, we believe that this specific calling is God’s path for our particular congregation to become a more visible expression of kingdom justice and unity in this time and place.
At Reba Place Church, we find that we can best reflect God’s Good News as proclaimed by Jesus in pursuing the call to love: we love one another as members of RPC; we love all those who feel called to worship among us; we love all of God’s creations equally, as Jesus taught and embodied. We confess and lament that the Christian Church's history in relating to the LGBTQ community has caused pain and trauma; the relationship has been marked by hate and division. We repent and seek to end our complicity in this marginalization and oppression by committing to a stance of love. In 2018, we adopted a policy of full and equal inclusion for all who are interested in learning about the way of Jesus regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.