Jesus gave the commandment to love God and love one another.

Our commitment to compassion and care for our neighbors is our response to this commandment. 

     

    Our faith community is committed to three things:

    1. The creative expression of our love for God and one another.
    2. The courageous and radically inclusive and unfailing love of God, shown most powerfully through the ministry and grace of Jesus Christ.
    3. The radically inclusive and unfailing love for one another, shown most powerfully through compassion and service.
     

    We believe in God. We believe in Jesus Christ. We believe in the Holy Spirit.
    We believe church is a verb, not a noun.

    Church is not a place. Church is not even the people.

    Church is the Body of Christ, at work in the world.  

    Church is worship, it is the community in which we share our joys and concerns, and the center of our spiritual formation.

    Church is sharing in the sacraments of baptism and communion
    as the ways in which we use common elements to recognize God’s loving grace, given to us.

    If you’ve been looking for a church that embraces radical love of God, and the radical acceptance of all people,
    then we pray God leads you to us. We have a lot of work to do together.

    At Los Angeles First United Methodist Church,
    we believe that God is with us, that God is for us, and that God refuses to be God without us.

    Church is not a place. Church is the Body of Christ. At our church, all are welcomed. All are loved.

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    We are a church that is Creative

    We believe that God created the world, and invited us to share our gifts as creative people. We recognize the movement of the Holy Spirit as we express our faith in a variety of creative ways - visual, musical, and theatrical. This is true in our worship, our work, and our mission. 

    We have devoted resources to expressing our theology publicly through artwork. 

     

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    We are a church that is Courageous

    We courageously claim our belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Christ's commandment to courageously love God and love one another.

    We are courageous in our activism, our outreach, and our empowerment of others. This value leads us to be radically inclusive, social-justice oriented, LGBTQIA affirming, and open to all questions and doubts. 

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    We are a church that is Compassionate

    We believe that the Holy Spirit remains with us as a comforting, advocating force in the world. Because of this, we are a church who values service to our neighbors, outreach to the lost, and care for the world. We listen with love, because we are called to be a voice to the voiceless. We work with dignity, because we are called to fight for the marginalized.