A forward faith includes ideas about religion and theology that are sometimes called progressive or liberal. It is a faith that adapts to a changing world, that evolves over time, that incorporates academic inquiry and scientific discovery, and that values dialogue about new ideas. It is also a faith that speaks to current social and environmental issues. It celebrates human diversity, grieves over injustice, seeks compassion for those in need, marvels at the grandeur of nature, and strives to protect the environment on our planet. While this faith builds on rich traditions of the past, it is not bound by outdated dogma.

A forward faith is a faith that is dynamic, modern, growing, and always moving forward.