Highlands Church is a progressive, Christ-centered church, founded on the life, teachings, death, resurrection, and eventual return of Jesus Christ. We believe that we belong to God long before, or even if we never believe in God. God’s love is eternal, always welcoming, and does not require any transaction on our part. As a faith community, our call is to accept that we are already accepted by God, and to live a life imitating God’s love by doing justice, loving kindness, and walking in humility with God.
The theological heart and soul of Highlands Church has been formed by a Trinitarian understanding of God as Creator, Redeemer, and Spirit. We trust the flow of God’s love toward us and toward all people as it pours out endlessly from the relationships we discover within God’s very self: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We understand this relational aspect of the Trinity as a divine dance of love originating in God long before Creation.
The teachings of Jesus have led us to see ourselves as Christo-centric universalists, believing that Christ died for all the world and God’s love is accessible and available to everyone, everywhere. The embrace of God is an inclusive, unstoppable love that calls us to believe and bear witness to the belovedness of every human being. We remain rooted to the historic church through the Apostle’s Creed (see below).
Our Ethos describes the community we strive to be:
Married, divorced and single here, it’s one family that mingles here.
Conservative and liberal here, we’ve all gotta give a little here.
Big and small here, there’s room for us all here.
Doubt and believe here, we all can receive here.
LGBTQ and straight here, there’s no hate here
Non-binary, woman and man here, everyone can here.
Whatever your race here, for all of us grace here.
In imitation of the ridiculous love Almighty God has for each of us and all of us,
let us live and love without labels!
™ Mark Tidd, Highlands Church Denver. May be used with permission.
The Apostle's Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
and He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
Our Community Covenant
We believe how we do what we do is as important as what we do. Our Community Covenant guides us in our relationships with each other, and is the way we evaluate relational health.
- Be present
- Be authentic
- Be clear about your intentions and expectations
- In service
- In silence & contemplation
- In gratitude, discernment & confession
- In prayer for each other, our city, & the world
Create Space for All
- Listen attentively
- Everyone has permission to speak-up
- Be aware of missing voices & invite them to speak
- Believe the best
- Keep short accounts
- Speak your truth with love
- Love beyond agreement
Respect Each Other
- Do what you say you’ll do
- Share decision-making power
- Allow everyone to process at their own pace
- Take responsibility for the impact of your words and actions
We strengthen the health of the church through shared servant-leadership and dependence on God our Creator, Jesus Christ our Redeemer,
the Holy Spirit, our Sustainer, and on each other.
Ephesians 4:11-16, Ephesians 4:25-5:2, Romans 12:9-12, Romans 13:8-10, Luke 5:15-16, Philippians 2:1-11