All about Wesley and what Wesley's all about

Our Beliefs

At the end of the day, we are a ministry of the United Methodist Church. Our lens for understanding faith begins with the life of Jesus. We don’t think one religion or one view has a monopoly on the truth. Our hope for everyone that winds up being a part of the spiritual side of things at Wesley is that they grow in love, compassion, and justice. Faith is complex. The universe is mysterious. Discovering the mystery and complexity is more fun with friends, so we hope you'll join us!

What really matters?

At Wesley, we believe that we are called to do two things: love God and love others. But what does that look like in the life of a college students (or anyone really)? We are all on a journey, trying to be the unique, wonderful humans we were created to be. It is a journey of self-discovery, of community building, and of listening for the still, small voice inside calling to us. That's what it means to love God - to constantly work toward becoming who we are created and called to be. Now for the second part - loving others. Jesus healed the sick, ate with the outcast, and shared a drink with a prostitute. He ministered to those on the margins. And that is exactly what we are called to do. At Wesley we strive to live our faith by feeding our unhoused neighbors, advocating for social justice, and working on local and global mission projects that demonstrate God's love in the world.

What doesn't matter?

No matter who you are, where you have been, what you have done, or what you do or do not believe, you belong here. We don't have all the answers, and we don't expect you to either. We make mistakes, and we know you do too. We have doubts, opinions, questions, ideas, traditions...and so do you. Wesley is a judgment-free zone. Here you will find open arms and enthusiastic conversation partners. We will challenge you and love you all at once. 

Who is part of Wesley?

As United Methodists, we believe strongly in the power of community. We are better together!

Wesley is a progressive and inclusive ministry, and most of our students fall into these categories. Progressive Christians, students wanting to leave rigid churches, and spiritual seekers represent the majority of our students. But let’s be clear: you don’t have to fall into those categories to come here. The failure of both conservative and liberal Christianity is their failure to hold space for different viewpoints. In a sense, each side is equally convinced of their rightness (and that God is of course on their side) and has forgotten how to be in community with those that may have different perspectives. Can you articulate the reasons behind your opinions? And can you do so with love and graciousness? If so, you’ll fit right in.

 


 

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