Our mission unites us in understanding the transformative message of the gospel. We believe our faith changes us from within SO THAT we might be agents of Christ's change in the world around us. With a true heart for our community, we seek to embody Christ's love in ways as diverse as our congregants. We'd love to share more of our stories with you!
These phrases express the beliefs of the United Church of Christ:
“THAT THEY MAY ALL BE ONE.” (John 17.21) We are a uniting church as well as a united church, always praying for healing all that divides the Body of Christ in us and in this world.
“IN ESSENTIALS UNITY, IN NON-ESSENTIALS DIVERSITY, IN ALL THINGS CHARITY.” We like to say unity is not uniformity! The unity that we seek requires neither an uncritical acceptance of any point of view nor a rigid formulation of doctrine. It does require mutual understanding and agreement as to which aspects of the Christian life are essential. The unity of the church is not of its own making, but rather a gift of God. Expressions of that unity are common worship, mutual love, and respect for all humankind.
“TESTIMONIES OF FAITH RATHER THAN TESTS OF FAITH.” Because faith can be expressed in many ways, the United Church of Christ has no formula that is a test of faith. Historic statements such as the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Augsburg Confession and the Kansas City Statement of Faith are valued as authentic testimonies of faith. Today, we use the United Church of Christ Statement of Faith which was a renewed testimony of unity when the UCC emerged in 1959.
“THERE IS YET MORE LIGHT AND TRUTH TO BREAK FORTH FROM GOD'S HOLY WORD.” This classic statement assumes the primacy of the Bible as our source for understanding the good news and as foundational for all statements of faith. It recognizes that the Bible, though written in specific historical times and places, still speaks to us in our present condition because God is a still-speaking God. It declares that the study of Scripture is not limited by past interpretation, but is to be pursued with expectancy for new insights and help for living today.
“THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS.” All members of the United Church of Christ are called to minister to others and participate as equals in the common worship of God, each with direct access to the mercies of God through personal prayer and devotion and service. Those who receive special training in pastoral, priestly, educational and administrative functions serve as servants and call others to be servants of Jesus Christ. “A BALANCE OF AUTONOMY AND COVENANT.” As individual members, we are free to believe and act in accordance with our perception of God’s will for our lives. We are also called into loving covenant relationships with one another, caring for the needs of community. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here!