Beliefs and Motivators
Inclusive and open
All people are welcome; we believe our diversity is a gift to be celebrated. We recognise the importance of respect for an openness to others. We encourage spiritual growth through understanding and tolerance of others’ viewpoints.
We are inclusive of all people who wish to be inclusive themselves. To model this we are committed to consensus decision-making as we think that it builds community. We support participation by people marginalised by sexuality, health and gender.
We welcome and affirm members from all denominations; we value the rich diversity of Christian traditions and those of other faiths, while seeking unity in prayer and action. SCM does not require its members to adhere to a doctrinal statement.
We believe faith and social justice cannot be separated – Christians must be engaged with contemporary theological, political and social issues.
We find God’s desire for peace, justice and liberation from oppression throughout the Bible and in the life of Jesus. We seek to respond to God’s call for conversion of self and transformation of society.
We interpret the ‘Reign of God’ to mean a just and peaceful society in the here and now, as well as in the age to come.
We believe that thinking through and questioning our faith ensures that it remains alive. We believe that Christian faith can stand the test of critical thought, in fact we believe this is the way to Christian maturity. It is not an easy way, sometimes involving a lot of risk, but ultimately that which is of value will remain and become even more important in our lives.
SCM seeks to support students in the quest for a deeper faith, encouraging critical thought by providing stimulation of new ideas, and providing a supportive community in which people can explore life and faith.