Questioning


At Dove of Peace, we value intellect. In worship we practice some very old rituals to illuminate very new situations. In the sermon, we are addressed as fellow learners, as people who desire things to think about, not easy answers and instructions.

“I’ve always thought that you have to turn off your brain to have a church connection.”

In choosing our pastor we sought out a credentialled scholar, the kind of person who spends much of the week in study. Our present Pastor Steve Springer is an honors graduate, and holds a further degree granted after years of post-graduate work at a seminary associated with the University of Chicago. We value a leader whose mind is as keen as his heart is warm for service.

At Dove, your mind, your intellect, your rational self is nourished and cherished. Questions are encouraged. We use the language and concepts of the past, so that we remember and use its wisdom. But we are encouraged to explore, to ponder, to engage with traditions as they apply — or don’t apply — to our present world.

“I have questions, but what I hear from churches doesn’t really address them.”

All the great figures of Biblical record are described as people who journey from one way of being to another way. Abraham and Sarah take off for the unknown; Mary agrees to an unbelievable task; Paul starts out as an opponent and ends up as the greatest exponent of the message that God loves people and has tried again and again to demonstrate this, ultimately with Jesus as the Message itself.

We honor their journeys, and your journey, as we use our minds to know more of what our lives are about.