Who Are We?
Grounded in God’s Love,
Serving Neighbors Near and Far
Welcoming to All
This is the summation of our congregation’s Mission Statement. It reflects who we are and our threefold mission to be welcoming, transforming, and sending, while recognizing that we can’t be one without the other two. The fact that it’s also a haiku and easy to remember is a plus!
NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE, OR WHERE YOU ARE ON LIFE’S JOURNEY,
YOU ARE WELCOME HERE
As a congregation of the United Church of Christ we practice radical hospitality. We welcome everyone who wishes to worship with us or participate in the life of our church. We are diverse in our beliefs and our backgrounds, and our Communion Table is open to all. The UCC has no creed (set of beliefs) that must be recited or adhered to, and instead has a Statement of Faith that reflects our common beliefs as a community, but as individuals we are free to hold and express those beliefs that reflect where we are on our faith journey.
GOD IS STILL SPEAKING
Gracie Allen once said, “Never place a period where God has placed a comma.”
In the United Church of Christ, we believe that God continues to interact with Creation in a myriad of ways, and did not go silent when the Christian Bible was canonized. We believe it is the responsibility of each generation to continue to listen and respond to how God is speaking today – through scripture and our inherited Christian tradition, through prayer and reflection, through music and literature, and through the many people who serve, teach, preach, create, cultivate, instigate, and inspire in God’s name.
OUR FAITH IS OLD, OUR THINKING IS NOT
We are Christian – we are rooted in a faith tradition that is thousands of years old, and is itself rooted in an even older faith tradition (Judaism) that existed thousands of years before Christ.
We are Congregationalists – we are the faith tradition of the Pilgrims and Puritans, whose colonial era churches dot the New England landscape, and whose understanding of the power of the gathered body and the uniqueness of the individual inspired our nation’s democracy.
We are the United Church of Christ – we are members of a denomination founded in 1957, when the Congregationalists came together with other like-minded churches to work together in our common mission to serve God and grow a more just and peaceful world.
We are informed by our past, reimagining in our present, and daring to dream of a future where God’s love guides us all.
WHO ARE WE?
We are a loving, serving, welcoming community of faith.
In an age when organized religion is often perceived as being narrow-minded and exclusive,
we offer an alternative way of being church in the world:
Where God is all-loving and inclusive.
Where the community of Christ welcomes and accepts everyone as they are.
With no exceptions.
Where our minds are nourished as much as our souls.
Where Jesus the healer and comforter meets Jesus the revolutionary and justice seeker.
Where together, with God’s help, we might bring love and restoration to a fearful and hurting world.
Who are we? We are the body of Christ.
You are welcome to join us, wherever your journey may lead you.