The 301 Faith Partners
October 2019 - St Paul’s Episcopal, Mary of Magdala, Ecumenical Catholic and Trinity Lutheran marked the third year of sharing time and facility together, worshiping as individual faith communities and coming together to work toward common goals in ministry.
Over these three years, it became evident we can be more and do more together - in true ecumenical ways. The three-church cooperation committee drafted a joint covenant that moved us from the role of renters into a union of three - the Faith Partners.
With the “301 Faith Partners Covenant” each church continues to be a unique entity retaining all of their faith traditions but also committing to a future as an ecumenical community. Rather than a legal document of financial agreements, rules, and limitations, we have chosen the approach like the vows in a marriage. Vows are not exhaustive - and the foundation of decision-making will be love and respect grounded in the mission of Christ. This mission has a church - here at 301 E Stuart St.
Read our covenant below and the work of the 301 Faith Partners Vision Team.
As we move into a long-term partnership, Trinity Lutheran, St. Paul’s Episcopal, and Mary of Magdala Ecumenical Catholic Community, will have expectations of one another, renewable agreements, and promises to one another. As three separate and unique congregations, but one faith community, we covenant with one another:
We covenant to LOVE – to love God, Self, and our Partners in Ministry as we Love Our Self - seeking together God’s will for our partnership.
We covenant to COMMUNICATE – to be open, honest, and more effective in communication among our three congregations; to communicate the decisions and work of our faith partnership to all three congregations; to respect each congregation to retain its own unique historical character, governance, and polity, as each continues to manage its own finances, even as we share expenses.
We covenant to WORK TOGETHER in all Volunteer Areas – to help share the responsibility and care of our common spaces including sanctuary, kitchen, narthex, fellowship hall, and sacristy. We will continue to work together across ministry teams such as Faith Formation, Social Eco Justice, Music, and Property, while promising to find other ways to faithfully engage in ministry together.
We covenant to SHARE monthly Operations and Maintenance Expenses – to reassess each congregation’s contribution, based on need and ability, to the shared expenses of operating and maintaining the church and its ministries. We share together the information of finances, to better contribute to the shared expense of ministry.
We covenant to INVITE one another into any capital expense – to consider, create, and fund capital projects (expenses outside normal monthly operation and maintenance) for use by all three congregations.
301 Faith Partners - Documents