We are a small congregation comprised of people from all walks of life, mostly residing in the Rivertowns just north of New York City. We are families, single parents, kids, young professionals, and retirees. We have members in the traditional professions as well as ‘cultural creatives.’ We are artists, actresses, building contractors, bankers, teachers, writers, reporters, singers, social workers, lawyers, plumbers and poets.
We are a diverse group, but with some common values. We want to make the world a better place through the pursuit of social justice; we seek beauty as expressed in all the arts, and we’re constantly hunting for meaning through personal spiritual growth. We are spiritual seekers who don’t wish to be limited by dogma. We believe in organized religion as a force for good, but refuse to be stifled by tradition.
We are constantly exploring the myriad ways of being more human. We strive to be welcoming of everyone – we don’t want to draw lines. We know there is something more than the secular twenty-first century lifestyle that is all around us, and we are searching for a richer and more meaningful life for ourselves and our families. At South Church, we have found a community that values the spiritual experience that actually changes people’s lives – giving them the energy and sense of purpose to change the world to make it more whole”, a community based on acceptance and mutual support. And we care less about what you believe than what you have experienced.
Our congregation belongs to the Hudson River Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. And, as Presbyterians, we affirm that God comes to us with grace and love in the person of Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose for us so that we might have eternal and abundant life in him. As a congregation, we haven’t always sat comfortably in the Presbyterian identity. In fact, there have been times when we have directly challenged the status quo. However, we believe that if we are truly called to ministry in Christ’s name, the best way we can bring about the truth and healing that he embodied is to do so from within the Presbyterian denomination.
We are one of the first Presbyterian congregations to join the More Light movement. We believe that if the church is to embody a true community of hospitality, we must work for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in the life, ministry and witness of the church and in society.