Pearl Church

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Our Dream

Our dream, that we imagine and desire, is the consummation of peace in a world integrated by love.

The scriptures tell a story that begins with God placing two people in a garden and instructing them to multiply, to steward creation, and to cultivate the land. At the end of the story, the very end, these two have multiplied into a throng of humanity, and all of creation—which began in a garden—is cultivated into a heavenly kingdom marked by peace. It is a world in full bloom.

This peace of God is mediated through a messiah, promised to the world in an ancient poem:

For a child has been born for us,
    a son given to us;
    authority rests upon his shoulders;
And he is named
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)

In the Christian tradition, this Prince of Peace is Jesus. Jesus proclaims good news—freedom for those in bondage, healing for the sick, release for the oppressed, the favor of God on everyone and everything—and reveals God’s lovingkindness to the world. He then breaks and bleeds and offers himself to all. Awakening to divine love and realizing our belonging in Christ's body, we are transformed and animated to share in the sacred work of nurturing the peace of God.