What We Believe

WE BELIEVE IN THE TRUINE GOD.

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.

WE BELIEVE AS A CONGREGTAION:

UNION CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST has joined the hundreds of churches in the United Church of Christ in expressing God’s extravagant welcome to everyone. As an OPEN & AFFIRMING congregation, we are dedicated to expressing a particular welcome to persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or trnsered. Everyone, without exception, is invited into the life, work, and leadership of Union Congregational United Church of Christ.

 

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 – 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.

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 THAT GOD CALLS US TO BE SERVANTS IN THE SERVICE OF OTHERS,

and to be good stewards of the earth's resources. 'To believe is to care; to care is to do.'


WE BELIEVE 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.


                        WE ARE PEOPLE OF POSSIBILITY.

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