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We strive to provide a community where people can discover God and God’s purposes for themselves without dictating just what that is. Freedom of thought and expression are encouraged. The one unifying factor is Jesus Christ whose teachings we attempt to understand and follow. This means that, as Jesus valued love of all (including enemies), uplifting the downtrodden, confronting exploitative powers and institutions, and seeking the equality of all, we pursue social justice issues and work to eliminate inequities where they are found.
We are part of the Progressive Christian movement. It is a way of being Christian that honors the traditions of our past while knowing that there is always more for us to learn and experience. We take the Bible seriously, but not literally. We understand that, while science helps explain the physical world and religion helps explain the spiritual world, science and religion can learn much from each other. We honor any religion that honors the two Great Commandments of Jesus: to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and our neighbor as our self.
We at Niles Discovery Church are committed to these Progressive Christian principles and seek to work with God to realize Jesus’ prayer that “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
If this sounds good to you, why not give us a try?
Once upon a time, in America, you could assume that any person you met was a Christian (at least nominally). Mainline Protestantism was the assumption and society flexed to accommodate that assumption. Youth athletic programs and school activities were never scheduled for Sunday morning and you needed to be a white, Protestant male to even be considered to sit on the Supreme Court. No longer. And that’s a good thing. Now we see the richness and benefits that different cultures, beliefs, and ethnicities bring to society.
These changes mean the church needs to change. So two congregations with deep roots in the Niles neighborhood – Niles Congregational Church (founded in 1889) and First Christian Church of Fremont (founded in 1960) – decided to create something new. On September 9, 2012, Niles Discovery Church was born, a congregation united in God’s love for everyone’s journey … no exceptions. Learn more about the churches that helped us create this new, progressive church for this new day here.