Jesus Centered: Focusing on Jesus in the center of our experience allows the congregation to recognize and move beyond challenging experiences or disagreements many have had with some institutional, personal, or political expressions of Christianity.
Inclusive: A centered-set orientation (i.e. focused on Jesus at the center as opposed to a bounded-set orientation where people are deemed inside or outside the group) allows the congregation to inclusively welcome and empower people who disagree on controversial issues but are pursuing the same center.
Practical: Believing that experiencing Jesus brings meaning, purpose, satisfaction, and belonging to normal life allows the congregation to joyfully engage in the daily experience of all people in the community.
Statement of Inclusion
Mosaic Community Church is a Jesus centered community that welcomes all those who seek to know and follow Jesus. We are an inclusive community encouraging all people to engage in full participation and leadership regardless of age, race, sex, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or ability. Our hope is to share Jesus’s love with all Philadelphians.
We as a church feel specifically called to address the issue of racism in our society. As the “original sin” of the United States, racism is deeply ingrained and woven into all of our institutions. It is the fulcrum on which the injustices within our society hinge, and without actively working to systemically dismantle racism, the justice promised in Jesus’ mission cannot be fully realized.
See our Statement on Anti-Racism below for more information.
Statement of Anti-Racism
In response to Jesus’ mission and in recognition of the responsibility and opportunity of being a community on the border of a gentrifying neighborhood, Mosaic Community Church has begun a journey to become deeply and firmly anti-racist, expressing and advocating for the social justice at the heart of the mission of Jesus, both within our congregation, and outside the church walls in our neighborhood and city.
Race is an idea created by society used to separate people based on actual or perceived skin color (or ethnic origin) with no basis in biological fact. Racism is defined as a system of privilege, inequality, and oppression based on supposed differences as marked by skin color, value assigned to those differences, and a system of oppression that rewards and punishes people based on the assigned differences. Specifically, it is a system invented to assign non-white groups to perpetual low status, while those classified as white are permitted access to privilege, power, and wealth. It is displayed in politics, social interactions, economic differences, culture, between people, and even within individuals in the history of the United States.
We acknowledge that racism can be unconscious or unintentional, and that identifying racism as an issue does not automatically mean those involved intended a negative effect. However, that does not negate the hurtful impact such actions have.
We pledge to purposefully identify, discuss, and challenge issues of race and color and the impacts they have on our community. We will also challenge ourselves to understand and correct any biases we may discover and gain a better understanding of ourselves during this process.
We commit to publicly and clearly affirm our identity as an anti-racist church as demonstrated by promoting an anti-racist culture in our community, and to practice anti-racism in our personal relationships.
We strive to have our commitment to anti-racism be reflected in the life and culture of the church through our policies, programs, and practices.
We resolve to continue to develop and implement strategies that dismantle racism within all aspects of our church, community, and society.
We do this all in accordance with Jesus’ mission as stated in Luke 4:18-19 to proclaim good news to the poor, freedom for the prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind, and freedom to the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.