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Serving Christ Through Action for Better Community

Tenets

INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY

Urban Servant Corps volunteers enter into an intentional community living agreement. They commit to a simple lifestyle, spiritual growth, responsible stewardship of the earth's resources, mutual care and understanding, consensus-based problem solving, and walking with victims of injustice. To cultivate and strengthen the life of the community, volunteers are required to participate in activities each Monday night and one Friday a month. These community times embody what it means to be part of the Urban Servant Corps community.

SERVICE

The Denver community is greatly impacted by the service that is offered by USC volunteers! This tenet is the humble, daily practice of working at non-profit agencies as a volunteer. The commitment of service to the community is sharing gifts and offering of one's self in order to help those most in need.

SIMPLICITY

As a way to walk in solidarity with those who are being served at partner agencies of Urban Servant Corps, volunteers embrace a life of simplicity. There is a profound freedom in not engaging in our culture's consumeristic habits. This temptation is removed because of the $75 stipend that USC volunteers receive; there simply is not an opportunity for funds to be purchase unnecessary items. USC volunteers have discovered a new way of thinking about finances as they uphold the tenet of financial simplicity. This tenet is also embraced by energy-efficient and earth-friendly ideals that are practiced.

SPIRITUALITY

Urban Servant Corps is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We are supported by a number of Lutheran congregations and by the Rocky Mountain Synod. All USC volunteers engage in a monthly worship service and a monthly faith reflection night. However, volunteers do not have to identify as Lutheran or Christian to participate in Urban Servant Corps. We welcome folks from all faith traditions and theological perspectives; in fact, that adds a rich dynamic to our conversations about spirituality!

RECONCILING IN CHRIST

We, the community of Urban Servant Corps, proclaim the message that the Grace of our Lord is infinitely inclusive and that everyone is welcome through our doors. Because lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons are often scorned by society and alienated from the Church, we wish to make known our caring and concern. We believe that Christ calls us to reconciliation and wholeness in a world of alienation and brokenness.

As disciples of Christ seeking justice and reconciliation among all peoples, we at Urban Servant Corps welcome all into the fullness of God’s love. We welcome everyone, without exception and regardless of sex, race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical and mental ability, age, or religion. We recognize that each person is a unique creation of God and, through Grace, is called a child of God.

All are welcome at Urban Servant Corps.

All are welcome to worship, to hear the Good News, to receive the sacraments, and to share in fellowship and service. All members of Urban Servant Corps pledge to ourselves and to all others that we will strive to live as a reconciling people, in our life together and in our outreach to the world.

AFFIRMATION OF WELCOME

We are called to be agents of healing in our society. To that end, USC actively welcomes individuals with diverse life experience including those of different age, race, sexual orientation, faith tradition, ability, and any other diverse background.