Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

 

The Whitney Vision: to be a school of love where we learn to love God, one another, ourselves, and creation as Jesus teaches.

We believe that Love is the living, breathing essence of God expressed as patience and kindness, that bears all things, rejoices in truth, and endures forever. God’s love is radically inclusive and indiscriminate. When we sing the  prayer “Be Thou My Vision,” we know that learning to love is learning to see with God’s eyes. This love is the basis of church: a community from which no one and no thing in creation is excluded. To be a school of love is to learn and grow together in love, sharing and encouraging each other in love, through love; it is learning to love God, one another, ourselves, and creation. Recognizing that we all fall short (Romans 3:23), we want to be an example of love, continually practicing godlike love amongst ourselves and among those we meet.
We invite you to join us in this practice.

Radical Welcome:

God’s love is always at hand, always already here forgiving us our failures to see it. And so, the first gift that a church community can give to those who come is the acceptance of God’s love, allowing and helping one another to rest in being infinitely loved. This is a place to heal the brokenness of shame, guilt, anger, and more, that we have absorbed from our broken communities. No one is excluded from the community of God’s love; there is no enemy or unrighteous to whom God does not give the rain of life and the sun of love (Matthew 5:44-45).  At Whitney, we want our church to be the kind of healing place Christ intended, a place to rest and receive, when we are weary in body, mind, or spirit.

For more on the School of Love, click here.