Our Beliefs

  • We are a loving community

Our Mission statement is simple:

No Condemnation here! We are a Loving Community embracing Christ’s spirit and justice.”

  • We are a progressive community

West Hollywood Church is a unique community of faith that is part of the “progressive” expression of Christianity. This means we are a church in the process of transforming and changing “first century language, metaphors and beliefs” about God and ourselves into ones that are contemporary and relevant to our time and place in history. We seek to discern the meaning of the Scriptures and our faith from the perspective of 21st century Christians.

  • We are an inclusive community

West Hollywood Church is wildly Inclusive! We believe that God has created each of us as uniquely individual persons and that our differences enrich our life and ministry, and are a great witness to what “God’s Beloved Community” is like. We are intentionally inclusive of gender, race, ability, age, sexual orientation, economic condition and theological background.

We are committed to using language for God and for the entire human family that celebrates God as fully inclusive of women and men, young and old, rich and poor, people of all colors and races, all sexual orientations, all levels of ability, as well as language that is meaningful and relevant to our lives today. Our use of inclusive language opens us to a whole new experience of who God is and who we are, as persons who are loved, valued, and created in the Image of God.

  • We are an intentional community of compassion and love

We know that it is often difficult to find community in an impersonal city. We seek to be an intentional community built upon Jesus’ values of care, compassion, service, justice, and support for one another.

  • We celebrate our spiritual gifts
    • We believe that we are all called to be ministers. (Ministry is not just for professional ministers. It is the calling of each of us.)
    • God has given each of us spiritual gifts to use for the common good.
    • Our ministry helps us to discover and discern our gifts so that we may use them in service to others.
    • Our ministry helps us find ways to use our gifts both within the church and in the world.

We offer fun, interactive classes, which help us discover our spiritual gifts, our personal styles of interacting with and serving others, and our passions – the concerns and issues that we are most passionate about. Our Elders then help us connect our gifts in service to others.

  • We are fun-loving!

There is a spirit and joy here at West Hollywood Church that is incredibly contagious. We celebrate the goodness of life and the joy of God in all we do. And we have a lot of fun doing it!

  • We are welcoming

We’d be honored to have you come and see for yourself if we are the right community to meet your spiritual needs. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here!

14 Responses to “Our Beliefs”

  1. Shiva Bagheri Says:

    I am looking for a church I can worship at that doesn’t make judgement of the way I live my life & others. By what I have read, this might be the church for me.

  2. office Says:

    Shiva, the best way to find out is to come join us for worship! You are always welcome here.

  3. Vanessa Says:

    I’m searching for spiritual guidance. I’m gay and don’t have
    A church to go to where I won’t be judged or looked down at.

  4. office Says:

    Vanessa, no matter who you are, no matter where you are on your journey, YOU are welcome here. You will not be judged here – you will be welcomed with open arms. We look forward to meeting you!

  5. Leandra Says:

    I feel so lost right now… I’m looking for a place where I can be me and still believe in God

  6. office Says:

    Leandra, no matter who you are, no matter where you are on your journey, YOU are welcome here. Here you are free to be whoever you are and hold your own beliefs. We look forward to meeting you!

  7. Erica Baker Says:

    This must be a lovely and wonderful church where everyone regardless of station is welcomed. Being transgender and lesbian this is a gathering I would be keenly interested in joining. I wish more churches were as inclusive as yours. When I move back home to L.A I will be paying your church a visit. God bless you all and may all of my brothers and sisters be in good health and happiness. Peace be unto you now and forevermore.

  8. office Says:

    Erica, I’m so glad you found us. We will look forward to meeting you when you do return to LA! Until then, may you experience God’s grace on your journey.

  9. Wayne Smith Says:

    I’m a gay teen who is currently struggling with his faith. And my question for you guys is, is there anyway to cheat or stay out of damnation, without “changing” and repenting for being gay? please help me because i can’t live knowing i am destined for hell

  10. office Says:

    Dear Wayne,

    You do not need to “cheat.” You do not need to change. You do not need to “repent” for being gay!
    God made you JUST the way you are and God LOVES you just the way you are!
    Please know that YOU are a beloved child of God and God wants only the best for you – and that does NOT include hell!
    So B R E A T H E – relax and rest in the sure embrace of God’s loving arms.

    If your church community is telling you that you’re going to hell, it may be time for you to find a church community that preaches the Good News of the Gospel: God is Love. If you live in or near Los Angeles, you are always welcome to join us for worship any Sunday at 11:00. You will find a warm welcome here. If you’re not near LA, tell us where you are (We won’t post your location!) and we can help you find a welcoming church community near you.

    May God’s Grace and Peace go with you on your journey.
    ~Laurie~

  11. Paheli Desai-Chowdhry Says:

    Hello,

    I attended the service today and I was overwhelmed by the amount of love, kindness, and compassion in the room. I grew up Hindu and I would like to learn more about Christian teachings and worship, as this was a very healing and transformative experience for me.

    I was wondering if there are more ways I can get involved in the community through service and study of the Bible? Also, is there an official way I can embrace Christianity?

    Thanks!
    -Paheli

  12. office Says:

    Hi, Paheli!

    I’m so glad you found our service to be inspiring & nourishing. We don’t presently have a formal Bible Study, but as you attend worship, you’ll learn a little more every week. Our pastor would also be happy to meet with you, if you like.

    All the best to you on your journey! I look forward to meeting you soon.
    ~Laurie~
    Administrative Assistant

  13. Evelyn Johnson Says:

    Hi All,

    I’m Transgender MTF and I noticed that a lot of churches say they are LGBT friendly. But when it comes to Transgender people, it appears that we are shunned away. If this church is transgender friendly, do you allow transgender people to hold a position in this church? I’m asking because a lot of churches have no problem with you attending their church but they will refuse to allow you to hold a office in their organization. I want to feel loved, embraced and have the freedom to come to church how I please without any kind of discrimination. I hope this makes sense.

  14. office Says:

    Hi Evelyn,

    Yes ALL are welcome here. We have had other transgender people in our church and they were fully welcomed, embraced & loved “as is.” Please feel free to come and check out our church. You will be totally welcome here. And should the time come when you were invited to become an officer in our church, we would have no problem with that.

    I look forward to meeting you, whenever you would like to join us for worship.
    ~Laurie~
    Administrative Assistant

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