A Little Bit of Our Story
Space to Grow
Many of us have been on a faith journey, a journey that hasn’t gone “the way it’s supposed to go.” We’ve deviated from the path of knowing all the answers, of being sure about who’s in and who’s out. At the same time, it’s a path that opens to new discoveries and widens to include so much more than we ever thought possible.
Perhaps you resonate a bit with that. No doubt you have experienced things that none of the rest of us have, which is why we love to welcome new faces—people from different traditions, backgrounds, races, religions, orientations and places on the globe. Our stories are each unique. And when we open ourselves to each other’s stories—we all grow; we’re all made the wiser by it.
If you’re wondering about our logo, the comma is a symbol that reminds us we should never put a period where God has placed a comma, because God is still speaking,
The United Church of Christ
You might be thinking: I’m not that familiar with the United Church of Christ (UCC). What is it? The history of the UCC goes back to early advocacy for religious freedom, the abolition of slavery and the ordination of women. We strive to offer Jesus’ message of hope, healing and wholeness and to champion causes such as caring for all creation, justice, peace, reconciliation and attention to the vulnerable. Here are a few of the things that the UCC stands for:
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
We believe in extravagant welcome. This is why we insist that God’s communion table is open. We advocate justice for all. Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love. Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with—not against—people of other faiths.
Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.
We believe in God’s continuing testament. This is why we are committed to hearing God’s ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today. We try to remain attentive to God’s creative movement in the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship.
Never place a period where God has placed a comma.
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. Why? Because God is still speaking,
What to know more? Visit ucc.org.
A new faith community that is loving, supportive, socially-conscious, and joyful—where people of all ages, races, backgrounds, orientations, and viewpoints are welcome.
We seek to be a place where we deepen our spiritual lives in community, following Jesus yet learning from other traditions, resulting in personal joy, growing relationships, communal justice, and the common good for our city and world.
We are a group of friends among whom exploration and questions are expected, justice is sought, spirituality is deep, and community is real. We see other faith traditions as friends and teachers. We share hurts and celebrate joys. We nurture gifts. We seek to deepen our hearts and our minds. We care for the earth as a deeply spiritual act.
In this community sexual orientation and gender identity are causes for celebration, not condemnation.
We believe that all people are created in God’s image and thus are loved and blessed equally by God. We invite and welcome into our faith community persons of every gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ability, age, race, nationality, economic and social status, faith background, marital standing and family structure.
In our community of faith, all people are encouraged to participate and share their talents and energy in worship and sacraments, any and all leadership positions, learning, service, mission and community life. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome in this United Church of Christ.
We are an LGBTQ open and affirming congregation.