Guiding Principles & Our South Church Culture

Without getting too theological…

Our Guiding Principles

In  2013 South worked to figure out what our values are and how we, as a group, move through life together. Our Guiding Principles affect our programming, our building use … everything that we are. As these Principles were formed to help us through the time of selling our building and embracing our Acts of Faith Model for Ministry, some of the references no longer apply, but until such time as we reconfigure and restate them, this gives a good basis for understanding who we are. Follow this link to read a copy of our
Guiding Principles.

In a nutshell, here are some of…

The Cultural Values of South Church

  • Questioning is good and it’s easier to do that with others who are questioning, than when you’re alone. It’s through questioning that we grow.
  • Everyone is important: the first-timer and the long-timer; the visitor and the member.
  • The whole family (yours and God’s) is welcome here! There is no one definition of “family.”
  • We try to live with “the newspaper in one hand and the Bible in the other” (or the Kindle in one hand and the iPad eNews-reader in the other) but there is no one version of the Bible and no one interpretation that is more right than any other.
  • Commitment to social justice and action is expected of us as Christians, no matter where it takes us.
  • We come from other countries, other churches, no churches … we are blue collar, white collar, no collar … we love and embrace variation of thought, skin color, age, ability, politics, gender, orientation … It’s All Good!
  • Food is always a good thing.
  • We’re all about building community, and all about taking care of the environment … which, for us, is the city of Rochester.
  • Our children are the future. It’s up to us to give them the values and skills to navigate in a changing world and global neighborhood.
  • LOVE WINS! That’s the basic gift of the Resurrection. Love wins and not even death can separate us from God’s love.

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