What Makes Us Unique

Bower Hill Stained Glass

We look like a church.  We worship like a church.  We have a vibrant, energetic children’s program, as well as social and educational events for adults.  There are charitable projects aplenty and many ways to get busy in making the world a better place.  Sounds just like a church, right?

So, how is Bower Hill different from any other church?

We live in an age when people are tired of church-as-usual.

Society increasingly identifies “church” with intolerant political agendas, legalism, anti-intellectualism, and judgmental attitudes.

And yet, modern people still need many things that churches offer, like:

1) a vital sense of connectedness to others–Community

2) encounters with the Sacred–Worship

3) narratives to live by–Scripture

4) purpose for daily living–Mission


Bower Hill tries to be an alternative to all the worst things that people assume about “church.”  We believe that Jesus envisioned his church as a place of joy, inclusion, and transformation–for individuals and for a troubled world.  Many newcomers to our congregation are people who believed that church was no longer for them, but here they found a place of spiritual refuge and nurture.  It’s a place where people are allowed–even encouraged–to explore and ask questions about faith, and life, and God.  Our goal is to be a “safe place” where anyone can find the sense of community, and inspiration, and meaning that all people need.  And yes, we do mean “anyone.”


And yet, faith isn’t just about “spiritual nurture.”  It’s about healing the wounds of the world and working for a more just and fair society.  The life of faith is constant movement between rest and action, worship and mission, spiritual nurture and laboring for the well-being of the world.  “Church” is meant to give us the vision and the inspiration to live better, more responsible lives in the world.

With all this in mind, Bower Hill Church will:

  • Hold the life and teachings of Jesus central to its identity
  • Respect and affirm the sacredness of other religious traditions
  • Actively include all seekers, regardless of class, sexual orientation, or educational background
  • Always remember that actions are a fuller expression of faith than creeds
  • Respect the faith journey of each individual
  • Strive for God’s vision of “shalom” for all people, especially the underprivileged
  • Work for the preservation and restoration of the Earth
  • Commit to a path of lifelong learning, service, and love
  • Experience God not in preaching alone but in music, in education, in community, in mission, and in works of beauty and artistic self-expression