☰ In This Section

While we have made important strides toward becoming Bethel "Beth-El"—the "House of God”—for each student, employee, and guest, our community is committed to the good work yet to be done. We strive to move forward by:

  • Celebrating the diversity of God’s creation
  • creating opportunities to connect with image-bearers from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation, and
  • cultivating our capacities to learn, lead, and love and like Jesus. 

Our vision

We believe we are uniquely called to seek Jesus by seeking justice for those who have been oppressed by sinful systems (Isa. 1:17). We are called to recognize and speak out against every sin that destroys the image of God in humanity (Gen. 9:6), and we are called to create a world that honors the worth and dignity of all people, who are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).

Our vision for diversity at Bethel is rooted in the concept of Shalom, a Hebrew word that describes the wellbeing of all creation under the just and loving rule of Christ (Isa. 9:6-7; Eph. 1:20-23). Striving to bring about shalom in our community calls us to a remarkable kind of Christianity—one that calls us to love our enemies as well as our friends and compels us to include those who have historically been cast out by society. With this vision in mind, we seek not the uniformity that drives out difference but the unity of the Gospel, which proclaims that one day people from every nation, tribe, and tongue will worship together in the presence of Christ (Rev. 7:9-17).