Shōchō is Wesley's symbol depicting the Cross and two descending doves.  Its circular shape is reminiscent of the Japanese "Mon" which are emblems used to decorate and identify an individual or family. In Matthew's account of Jesus' baptism, Jesus "saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him" (3:16)

Shōchō is Wesley's symbol depicting the Cross and two descending doves.  Its circular shape is reminiscent of the Japanese "Mon" which are emblems used to decorate and identify an individual or family.

In Matthew's account of Jesus' baptism, Jesus "saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him" (3:16)

Wesley United Methodist Church is a caring, intergenerational,
inclusive faith community committed to helping people develop and deepen a relationship with God through Jesus Christ for loving service in the world.


WELCOME STATEMENT

Wesley United Methodist Church proclaims, without reservation, God’s unconditional love and grace and affirms the dignity and worth of every person as created in the image of God.  

We are a Reconciling Congregation welcoming into the full life of the church all persons regardless of age, ethnicity, economic circumstance, gender identity and sexual orientation. 

We welcome all who wish to worship God.

SCRIPTURAL FOUNDATION:

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your strength,
and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."

– Luke 10:27 NRSV

Simplified in the motto:
"Ai Shin, Ai Rin" (Japanese)
Translation: "Love God, Love One Another"



CORE VALUES


Jesus Christ

The congregation of the Wesley United Methodist Church is grounded in the teaching and example of Jesus Christ whom we believe embodied the very character and nature of God; loving, compassionate, forgiving, reconciling, healing, creative, justice seeking, and life redeeming.  Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ we draw purpose and meaning for our lives and ministry.


Cooperative Respect for Diversity of Faith

We believe the gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to embrace and respect other world religions.  Though we seek to share the knowledge and truth of God in Jesus Christ with others, we remain open to seeing and hearing how truth reveals itself through other faith traditions.  Through dialogue and collaboration we become aware of how our differences and common ground may help to expand our own theological affirmations.
 

Service to Others, Community Involvement & Social Justice

Christ's two greatest commandments (to love God and love one another) are the primary source of inspiration for our lives and ministry.  As a United Methodist congregation, we believe in a social gospel where personal faith in Jesus Christ compels us to be concerned with the well being of others and all of God's creation.  Therefore, community involvement, engaging in social action and advocating social justice are all a reflection of our faith.
 

The Celebration of Our Unique Cultural History & Heritage

The remembrance and celebration of the Japanese American cultural heritage and history of this church, which is shared with all, continues to be a part of the unique services and programming in both the English and Japanese languages reminds us of the rich cultural heritage that makes the ministry of Wesley United Methodist Church unique.
 

Inclusiveness

We believe that everyone is a person of sacred worth created in the image of God.  Following the example of Christ, we welcome all people as they are into the fellowship of our faith community.

 

Scripture, Tradition, Experience, Reason

In the tradition of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, we affirm that our understanding of God is informed by the Word of God as contained in the Holy Scriptures, by the traditions of the church that we have carried on through the centuries of Christian thinking, by our personal life experiences, and by our ability to think and reason with our minds; all of which we regard as blessings and gifts from God.