Carter Memorial United Methodist Church
Friday, June 23, 2017

with mission sites in Needham and Wellesley

Our Mission

We the people of Carter Memorial United Methodist Church are a diverse group of Christian believers who understand that our task is to bring people into loving relationship with their Creator God through Jesus Christ. We depend upon the love, healing power and grace of the Holy Spirit made known to us through Jesus Christ.

We celebrate our Christian heritage and respect the traditions of our congregation and are responsive to the empowering movement of God, now and into the future.

Our Beliefs

We believe in God, Creator of the world; and in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of creation. We believe in God in the Holy Spirit, through whom we acknowledge God's gifts, and we repent of our sin in misusing these gifts to idolatrous ends.
 
We affirm the natural world as God's handiwork and dedicate ourselves to its preservation, enhancement, and faithful use by humankind.
 
We joyfully receive for ourselves and others the blessings of community, sexuality, marriage, and the family.
 
We commit ourselves to the rights of men, women, children, youth, young adults, the aging, and people with disabilities; to improvement of the quality of life; and to the rights and dignity of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities.
 
We believe in the right and duty of persons to work for the glory of God and the good of themselves and others and in the protection of their welfare in so doing; in the rights to property as a trust from God, collective bargaining, and responsible consumption; and in the elimination of economic and social distress.
 
We dedicate ourselves to peace throughout the world, to the rule of justice and law among nations, and to individual freedom for all people of the world.
 
We believe in the present and final triumph of God's Word in human affairs and gladly accept our commission to manifest the life of the gospel in the world. 

As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church's life and witness. To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.
 
Two considerations are central to this endeavor: the sources from which we derive our theological affirmations and the criteria by which we assess the adequacy of our understanding and witness.
 
Lastly, we believe that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience, and confirmed by reason.