Our Reformed Tradition
Anyone seriously seeking an enriched inner life is welcome to join in MPC’s journey of self-examination and reform, guided by Biblical, historical and contemporary insights. That’s what it means to be a member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), formed in June 2010 by the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) and the Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC).
Congregational, United, Reformed and Presbyterian churches now unite 75 million Reformed Christians in 214 churches, located in 107 nations. All derive from the 16th-century Reformation led by John Calvin, John Knox and others. They take their name from the classic motto: Ecclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda (“a church reformed and always being reformed”).
Other central themes of the Reformed faith are:
- “faith alone, grace alone, scripture alone”
- “the priesthood of all believers”
- the sovereignty of God over the whole creation
- the Church as a covenant community
MPC participates in this spiritual inclusivity both within and without the Reformed tradition. The church is related to the universal WCRC through the San Francisco Presbytery, the synod and the national Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Louisville, KY. The PCUSA’s General Assembly meets in different parts of the country every two years, often drawing MPC members. MPC regularly joins in Presbyterian-sponsored activities abroad, as in Bolivia and Palestine.
Within the church, groups nourishing every talent include:
- the Art Gang, the Choir, Spiritual Activists, Contract Study Groups, Poets and Storytellers, and many others.
- local common organizations: the Community Connection Committee (contact: Jean Gregory), the National Religious Coalition Against Torture Susan ten Bosch Paull], S.P.L.A.S.H., a water-conservation project [Art Paull]
- interfaith ecumenical relations through its ongoing Faith Trio of Christians, Jews and Muslims (MPC, the Kehilla Synagogue and the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California).
For more information, please contact the people listed with the various organizations above. You can also contact John Hadsell, Brad Hestir, Jean Norris, and Jean Mudge with general questions about MPC’s reformed tradition.