Presbytery of the Cascades

OUR MISSION

Cultivating Spirit-led collaborative ministries that embody God’s love in Jesus Christ.

The Presbytery of the Cascades is the regional governing body for 90+ congregations and worshipping communities in portions of Washington, Oregon and California. Our congregations provide a unique witness to Jesus Christ and strive to serve God in particular communities throughout our region. 

We are a council of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

OUR VISION

As a Presbytery of the PC(USA), in faithful response to what God does, we are cultivating collaboration between congregations, ecclesiastical partners, community organizations, and global neighbors so that ministry will thrive in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Being Reformed by Love:

We collaborate together to nurture worship, spirituality, and community that strengthens our connection with God and one another.

Loving Our Neighbors:

Through inclusion – We collaborate together to change assumptions, engage all with compassion, unearth bias and uproot the prejudice, discrimination, oppression, racism, and violence that stems from it.

Through justice – We collaborate together to dismantle unjust systems, practices, and structures and to build a more equitable and life-giving society.

Loving the World:

We collaborate together to honor the interconnection of all life by fostering greater stewardship of the natural world towards sustainability for generations to come.

What we believe.

Our faith can be summarized with these words from The Brief Statement of Faith:

In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.

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Our logo

Reflects both our shared landscape and the mission we are aligned under.

The mountain: A symbol that represents our position in the heart of the Cascades Mountain Range and the nature of the faith journey…it is long, challenging, breathtaking, and, as Eugene Peterson so beautifully stated, “a long obedience in the same direction.” The mountains extend beyond the circle because while our presbytery is far reaching, we also hope our reach extends beyond ourselves welcoming all to the goodness and love of Jesus Christ.

The gold circle: Gold is a color that symbolizes creativity and diversity–two traits that we seek to embody as we forge new paths collaboratively. The circle is the symbol of eternity and unity. We are eternal human souls being reformed by love, loving our neighbors and loving the world.

The river: Water is a sacred symbol that reminds us of our baptism. It is the grace extended to us in the waters of baptism that compels us onward, reforming and transforming us more into the likeness of Christ.

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Office of the General Assembly