Our Beliefs

Uniquely Lutheran, Uniquely Salem

We welcome any and all who are seeking God’s love and grace. We welcome all because God welcomes all, regardless of age, race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship status. We welcome all without regard to abilities, addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances, or anything that too often divides us. Wayne-Anderson-Sarah-JewettWe celebrate together our unity as God’s people. Salem is a place for each person to shine in their own unique gifts.

As a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we take God’s call personally. When we say we are “living a hospitality of heart, hands, and hope,” we mean that we will use our voices in public witness and our hands to feed, care, and advocate for our neighbors-locally or globally. We are a place of welcome diversity. We see God reflected in the faces around us and we are an RIC congregation (Reconciling in Christ).

Everything about Salem centers around the same hospitality that Jesus practiced– one of radical inclusion and extravagantly expressed love.  It’s who and whose we are and we don’t know any other way to be. For many of us, our core beliefs are also expressed via the eight points of progressive Christianity. By calling ourselves progressive Christians, we mean we are Christians who take the bible seriously but not literally.  As sacred text it guides and informs our lives. These, combined with our confession of a triune God (Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit), make us uniquely Lutheran and uniquely Salem.

Founded in 1895, Salem is also an inter-generational church. We believe strongly that regardless of age, we enjoy learning from each other.

If you’re looking for a place to belong, we invite you to come and check out the fit.