Vision & Mission

Vision Statement

We strive to be a vibrant church community that challenges individuals to craft their own spiritual journeys and to engage in creative and responsive action in the world.

 

Mission Statement

We support the creative tension between intellect and spirit, science and faith, individual and community, tradition and change, challenging us to honor our legacy by embracing the future.

Core Values

  • We value the spirit of inquiry which respects the religious, humanist, and spiritual teachings from many wisdom traditions.

  • We value the direct experience of the mystery that moves us to engage in the never-ending search for universal truths that free the mind.

  • We value the active practice of love and justice in human relationships which validate the worth and dignity of each human being, inspiring us to deepen our commitment to deeds over creed, calling us to grow the soul.

  • We value community founded on the purposeful inclusion of all, in the service of others within the church and beyond, connecting and empowering us to change the world.

Inclusion Statement

 

We, the congregation of Fountain Street Church, create a community that is intentionally welcoming to all. We do this without requiring adherence to any religious belief or creed. We foster a climate of purposeful inclusion, an environment where all can feel safe, valued, cared for, and given an opportunity to form meaningful connections with each other. We cherish the diversity of humanity, a diversity which includes differences in age, race, ethnicity, and national origin, range of abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, financial means, education, and political perspective. These beliefs and practices apply to all of the activities of our congregation; they inform all of our decisions.

 

Support for Black Lives Matter

 

Fountain Street Church (FSC) recognizes that racism can be an institutionalized pattern reaching far beyond any single incident or person.

Black Lives Matter is a movement and a stance in response to the reality that the United States was built on a legacy of slavery, racism, and oppression that has remnants today that take new, ever-changing forms. To say that “Black lives matter” doesn’t mean that Black lives are more important than other lives, or that all lives don’t matter. Any systemic devaluing of Black lives, however, calls upon us to bear witness, even as we acknowledge that oppression takes many intersecting forms.


FSC has joined with All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, Plymouth United Church of Christ, and Westminster Presbyterian Church in public witness at the Rosa Parks Statue on the corner of Monroe Avenue and Monroe Center for a monthly Black Lives Matter Vigil. We meet during the lunch hour from 12:15pm to 12:45pm on the first Wednesday of each month. All are welcome to join. The goal is to support the Black Lives Matter Movement and build partnerships in the community with others who are also seeking racial justice and equality.