Our beliefs

At Valley Presbyterian, you will meet people at many different places theologically and spiritually. And we love it that way. We want to be a place where our diversity brings us together and where conversation takes us all deeper in our understanding of God. We don’t ask anyone to sign creeds or statements of belief. Our life of faith is a way of being in the world, a faith that shows itself in love.

Our faith is a way of wisdom and practice in the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth. This path is a commitment to the complexity of community, to the paradox of both/and, to transformation of soul, mind and body, and to the flourishing of a just and whole earth. The Jewish and Christian Scriptures are our sacred guide along centuries-old paths that lead us into the universal love of God. Our faith invites us to tell our stories and welcomes questions. We delight in a Mystery that draws us into a future that offers us more than we can ask or imagine as we live a wholehearted and spacious faith.

 

 

Our core values

  • Slowing down, we ask questions and experience the mystery of faith.

  • Seeking the sacred through creativity, playfulness and nature, we nurture our faith.

  • Dropping our masks, we invite each other to be our true selves.

  • Focusing outward, we build partnerships, create opportunities, seek justice and learn from each other.

  • Like the Redwoods, supporting one another through the seasons of life, we become rooted in a trusting, loving community.

Our vision.

Everyone who is touched by VPC will:

  • Deepen their understanding and connection to God​. 

  • Have healthier and more loving relationships with spouses, children, family, friends, co-workers.

  • Experience a deeper sense of connectedness throughout  a vibrant cross-generational VPC community.

  • Take more action to serve other​​s.

  • Have a greater awareness of and compassion for the suffering of others in their family, the church, the community and the  world beyond.

Our Larger Family

 

We are part of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a denomination with some two million members, more than 10,000 congregations and 14,000 ordained and active ministers. Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation, particularly through John Calvin (1509-1564).

Click here to read the Brief Statement of Faith from the PCUSA.

We are inclusive

In 2019, Valley Presbyterian Church joined two organizations that support LGBTQ+ communities within the Presbyterian Church: "More Light Presbyterians" and "Covenant Network of Presbyterians." Participation in these spiritual groups supports our commitment to being  inclusive and welcoming of all people who seek spiritual growth, regardless of sexual orientation.

 Valley Presbyterian Church

945 Portola Road, Portola Valley CA 94028

650 851.8282

office@valleypreschurch.org 

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