Palo Cristi Presbyterian Church
Where God's welcoming love is shared with everyone
Palo Cristi is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA). We are also a diverse community of believers from all walks of life. We are male and female, old and young, rich and poor, healthy and ill, traditional and progressive, straight, lesbian, gay, White, Black, Latino, Asian, dull, and funny. We are all bound together into one community by the love of God and a desire to serve God in the way that Jesus showed us.
Palo Cristi is a member of More Light Presbyterians which seeks to make the Church a true community of hospitality by working for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and in society.
We believe in God, who created and loves the world and all the creatures in it. God's love was revealed in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We call ourselves Christians because we seek to follow Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God, who was fully human and fully divine.
Our world needs what Christianity, at its best, has to offer, seeking to love the world as Jesus the Christ does.
Palo Cristi strives to be the Church at its best -- speaking out against injustices, welcoming the stranger, including the gifts of everyone in our work and worship. We struggle to be an inclusive church, loving people because of who they are, not in spite of who they are.
We believe that there are people searching for opportunities to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ who have difficulty finding a place that nourishes them, and we want to be that place.
We are the hands and body of Christ. We believe in the truth of Matthew 5:9, as spoken by the Prince of Peace: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God."