What We Believe
What We Believe
We believe the church's mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally. We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God's grace. This is why we insist that churches must be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships.
WE BELIEVE THAT EACH PERSON IS UNIQUE AND VALUABLE
We believe in the triune God
We believe that each person is unique and valuable
We believe that each person is on a spiritual journey
We believe the UCC is called to be a united and uniting church
We believe in the power of peace
We believe that the UCC is called to be a prophetic church
We believe that the persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God
We believe that all of the baptized 'belong body and soul to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ'
We believe that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ's table for the sacrament of Communion
We believe that God calls us to be servants in the service of others
We are a people of possibility
WE BELIEVE THAT THE PRESISTENT SEARCH FOR GOD PRODUCES AN AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD,
engendering love, strengthening faith, dissolving guilt, and giving life purpose and direction.
WE BELIEVE THAT ALL OF THE BAPTIZED 'BELONG BODY AND SOUL TO OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.'
No matter who – no matter what – no matter where we are on life's journey – not withstanding 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.
WE BELIEVE THAT ALL PEOPLE OF FAITH ARE INVITED TO JOIN CHRIST AT CHRIST'S TABLE FOR THE SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION
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 wine reminds 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.
WE BELIEVE THE UCC IS CALLED TO BE A UNITED AND UNITING CHURCH.
"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.
That God calls us to be servants to others and to be good stewards of the earth's resources. 'To believe is to care; to care is to do.'
That the UCC is called to be a prophetic church 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.
WE BELIEVE IN
The power of peace and work for nonviolent solutions to local, national, and international problems.
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