First Mennonite Church Of San Francisco

What We Believe

First Mennonite Church of San Francisco claims a rich Anabaptist faith that emphasizes community, discipleship (following the way of Jesus in everyday life), and peacemaking and reconciliation. We have attempted to summarize our way of living out this faith through our Core Values and Practices and our Covenant, which people in our community sign every year to signal our commitment to each other and our shared beliefs.

As an inclusive and affirming congregation, we believe in the divine within each person, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, economic or social circumstances, racial or ethnic background, marital status, physical ability, or age.  We welcome people regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey, including those who may not identify as Christian.
We are a member of the Supportive Congregations Network and Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Interests, a network of Mennonite congregations who openly affirm and welcome LGBTQ+ members.  First Mennonite Church of San Francisco encourages our LGBTQ+ members to participate actively in all aspects of congregational life and church leadership.

Though we are grounded in our Christian Anabaptist tradition, we think it's important to create lots of space in which people can ask questions about faith, life and ethics. We value honesty, authenticity and good conversations about things that matter. We also treasure the insights we get from fellow travelers in other Christian traditions, and in Judaism, Buddhism and other faiths.