Heartfelt compassion, intelligent faith, and welcoming hospitality.
We are Spiritually Alive:
Yes, we do Bible study of the kind that is both spiritually lively and intellectually sound.
Yes, we talk about a wide variety of topics:
- The intersection of science and religion.
- Faith and the arts;
- spirituality, past and present;
- practical issues, such as living during economically challenging times
- family issues, such as how to strengthen your parenting skills.
Yes, we have a variety of small groups to help people grow in their faith friendships.
Yes, we have a long list of community building events that help people join together in the celebration of the life God has given us.
Yes, we are open to new ideas. One of the strengths of RPC is an atmosphere where the people of the church are given permission to think creatively and work together cooperatively to make dreams turn into reality.
Yes, we have a place for new people. In any given year, our church leadership groups are made up of a significant number of people new to the church, as well as well-seasoned long term members.
We are Inclusive:
Being inclusive is a large part of our Christian identity. Like a diamond, being inclusive has many facets. Overall, it has to do with welcoming people in the Spirit of Christ. This is a congregation that welcomes:
- liberals, conservatives, libertarians, and undecided into community together,
- men and women in all leadership positions;
- youth into decision-making about our future;
- children into worship;
- open conversations and dialogue about controversial issues;
- people of different national, ethnic and racial backgrounds;
- people of different sexes and different sexual orientations;
- people of every marital status;
- all God’s children to eat together at the Lord’s supper.
Learning to be as inclusive and expansive as God is an ongoing process, but here is what we hope it might look like at Ridglea. (Special thanks to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and Jon Acuff.)
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.
We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or like our pastor who can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s Baptism.
We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve been there too.
If you blew all your offering money at the dog track, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts … and you!