In our post-Christian, post-modern culture Emmaus House wants to communicate and live out what we truly value. Things like love, hope, faith, authenticity, generosity, transparency, and acceptance. A heart for the poor and brokenhearted, God's story, diversity, the arts, simplicity and worship.
Our hope is to be a people who share life with one another and find ways to connect and that you will meet people who will become a part of your life as you become a part of theirs.
We believe in community and the power of belonging to something bigger that yourself. We believe that once one becomes immersed in the life of the community they begin to take on the values and character of that community. Emmaus is grounded in the way of Jesus, so we take on those values and character that Christ lived out and demonstrated as we build relationships with one another and the world around us.
Discipleship is another way of talking and living out the value of "belonging." Becoming is the work we put into our relationship with God and others. It's the real-life love that we intentionally display to one another as well as those we encounter each and every day at home, work and play.
Belief is one of those tricky words because it often signifies a set of doctrinal statements; a way of gaining access into the community. Belief for us, however, is a dynamic lived reality; a visible way of putting the words of our mouths into concrete action. It is easy to say that one believes in forgiveness, it is much harder to put that belief into practice. But we believe that God's Spirit plays a huge role in making that happen in real and practical ways.
Transformation is another way of saying "re-living!" What the bible calls being a "new creation." This is the work that God does to us in our belonging, becoming and believing, through the relational love of Christ in our lives. It is the life-long journey with Jesus through the mysterious guidance of God's Spirit that can make this re-living in our spiritual lives with God and one another.