Salem is a Christian church and a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and a part of Minneapolis Area Synod. The ELCA was formed by the 1987 merger of a number of Lutheran immigrant denominations. Salem’s roots are in the Lutheran Church in America (LCA).
Salem is also a “Reconciling in Christ” (RIC) congregation welcoming into the life and leadership of the congregation people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We are all created in the image of God and called to be God’s beloved community.
Our Christian belief is in the one, triune God, creator and parent of us all and still creating; God’s son, Jesus Christ, by whose example we live and through whose death and resurrection we receive forgiveness and fullness of life; and the Holy Spirit, ever sustaining and inspiring.
We believe the Bible, God’s living word, speaks to us today and that we are called to be as Christ to one another. The sacraments of baptism and holy communion shape our life.
Some of the core values that motivate our commitment to Christ, our community, and the diversity of our neighborhood include:
- social justice and peace-making
- hospitality and abundance
- the rich and colorful diversity of the body of Christ
- the Holy Spirit’s reconciling power
- many varied ways that all are called to serve one another and creation
- a desire to be a life-giving community rooted in Christ