In 2003, the church adopted the following statements expressing its vision and mission. These guide us in setting our goals and priorities, notably our evolving policies.
We strive to be a vibrant church community that challenges individuals to craft their own spiritual journeys, and to engage in creative and responsible action in the world.
Ours is a loving, supportive, prophetic, and joyful community. We welcome people of all ages, races, backgrounds, lifestyles, and viewpoints.
We build on the wisdom of tradition, but are never satisfied that any practice, belief, or institution is set for all time.
We challenge every individual and our larger community to cultural, intellectual and spiritual growth, honoring the creative tension between tradition and change, intellect and spirit, individual and community, science and faith, as the crucible for testing and refining beliefs.
Acting on these ideals, we:
- Worship, learn, lead, and play.
- Maintain FSC as a beacon for liberal religion and a haven for discussion and action, regardless of controversy.
- Build on our tradition of nurture and appreciation for the artistic, cultural, and intellectual fruits of the human mind and hand.
- Serve and enhance the church community by financial support and sharing our talents in an open and democratic structure.
- Bring social justice and compassionate support to the larger community and the world.
You'll notice this set of symbols throughout this website and our building, and there's an interesting story behind it.
The original idea of a logo was conceived by Jan DeWitt. In the late 1960's, she asked Frank Springer, (a church member who taught art at GRCC), to design a cover for a FSC brochure. Part of that design was developed into the logo. In 2006, a team of members contemporized the design and then expanded the symbolism to instill the vision of our future as Fountain Street Church.
Primary colors are the foundation for every hue in the rainbow. The elementary graphs resulted in the ideal logo that personifies the very essence of Fountain Street Church - the liberal human spirit in its positive and contradictive expressions.
The red circle stands for spirit and unity, like the red circle at the top of the arch in the front of the Sanctuary. Historically. the circle symbolizes all that exists, all time. and all possibilities. Its new unfolding swirl suggests the evolving growing quality of liberal religion itself, Freeing the Mind.
The blue square represents the people of FSC - our church community. Historically, the square is synonymous with the ground: the earth, a house, or building. It suggests the church community, young and old, all on the common path of spiritual growth, Growing the Soul.
The yellow triangle represents the church building. Like the top of the bell tower, each side is a triangle. Historically, the triangle represents supreme power, prosperity, and fire. It suggests our role as a presence in the wider community, Changing the World.