We are a congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC). The UCC is a diverse denomination of churches whose core belief is that "God is still speaking" today. Our church logo includes a comma to signify that we should "never place a period where God has placed a comma" (Gracie Allen).
First-timers to the UCC can learn more here.
A "united and uniting" movement led to the formation of the United Church of Christ in 1957. We formed out of decades of ecumenical conversation, specifically among four denominations: Congregational, Christian, (German) Evangelical, and (German) Reformed.
The United Church of Christ traces its beginnings back beyond the Protestant Reformation. To learn more on the history of the United
Church of Christ check out this Short Course in the History of the United Church of Christ.
The UCC is a covenantal church, which means we do not require someone to believe in a creed in order to join in covenant relationship with us. Even so, we look to historic creeds as important testimonies of Christians over the ages. Today, the UCC Statement of Faith is a way of expressing the essential character of our faith. It is a testimony of faith which unites the diverse group that makes up the United Church of Christ.
United Church of Christ Statement of Faith
We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God, and to your deeds we testify:
You call the worlds into being, create persons in your own image,and set before each one the ways of life and death.
You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
You judge people and nations by your righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior, you have come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to yourself.
You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
You call us into your church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be your servants in the service of others, 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.
You promise to all who trust you forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, your presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in your realm which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you.