What does it mean to be an open and affirming church?
We declare ourselves to be a church open to all who seek to worship and serve God. We affirm the worth and dignity of every person regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic background, socioeconomic status, or physical / mental abilities. Therefore, we seek to be a fully inclusive community of faith.
What does it mean to be a just peace church?
In the simplest sense, it means to actively work for peace with justice at all levels, from the local community to the global one. This might include feeding the hungry, nurturing families, supporting refugees, caring for the environment, advocating for racial justice, and promoting peace over warfare. For more detailed information, please see the United Church of Christ Pronouncement Affirming the UCC as a Just Peace Church.
What do we believe?
In the words of the UCC Statement of Faith:
We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother, and to whose deeds we testify:
God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image, and sets before us the ways of life and death.
God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
God judges all humanity and all nations by that will of righteousness declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord,God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.
God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table,to join him in his passion and victory.
God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace,the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God.