Mission & Beliefs

——  Our Mission

Our purpose is to seek God’s grace for ourselves and the world. As followers of Jesus:

    • we perpetuate the Word of God by worshipping, teaching, and ministering in a loving and caring way;
    • we are an Open and Affirming congregation that welcomes the diversity of individuals and their gifts;
    • we provide a place of Christian learning for ourselves and our children; and
    • we seek the betterment of the church, the community, and the world

 

…so that God’s love and justice are made real.

——  Our Beliefs

We are

a member congregation of the United Church of Christ
We cherish our theological diversity and celebrate the right of each person to seek truth in community and in conversation with the riches our Christian heritage. That said, here are some beliefs commonly held among us:

Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.

It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.

…and that each of us is at a different stage of that journey.

…engendering love, strengthening faith, dissolving guilt, and giving life purpose and direction.

No matter who, no matter what, no matter where we are on life’s journey— notwithstanding race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, class or creed—we all belong to God and to one worldwide community of faith. All persons baptized—past, present and future—are connected to each other and to God through the sacrament of baptism. We baptize during worship when the community is present because baptism includes the community’s promise of “love, support and care” for the baptized—and we promise that we won’t take it back, no matter where your journey leads you.

Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church. The breaking of bread and the pouring of the fruits of the vine remind us of the costliness of Christ’s sacrifice and the discipleship to which we are all called. In the breaking of bread, we remember and celebrate Christ’s presence among us along with a “cloud of witnesses”—our ancestors, family and friends who have gone before us. It is a great mystery; we claim it by faith.

“That they may all be one.” (John 17:21) “In essentials—unity, in nonessentials—diversity, in all things—charity.” These UCC mottos survive because they touch core values deep within us. The UCC has no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to creeds or structures. Its overarching creed is love. UCC pastors and teachers are known for their commitment to excellence in theological preparation, interpretation of the scripture and justice advocacy. Even so, love and unity in the midst of our diversity are our greatest assets.

…and to be good stewards of the earth’s resources. “To believe is to care; to care is to do.”

As in the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls the church to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor and comfort the afflicted.

…and work for nonviolent solutions to local, national, and international problems.

In the UCC, members, congregations and structures have the breathing room to explore and to hear—for after all, God is still speaking,…