WHAT WE BELIEVE
At the heart of our tradition are seven, time-tested commitments.
- That they may all be one: (John 17:21) This motto of the United Church of Christ reflects the spirit of unity that is at the core of our way of following Jesus Christ. It is the calling of the Church to heal the divisions between people of faith and point towards God’s all-inclusive grace.
- In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things charity: We seek understanding and love in all things – the rest is commentary – so we want to treat even those with whom we disagree with respect and tenderness.
- The unity of the church is not only up to us: God is truly in charge of all things and we trust that God knows more than any and all of us combined.
- Testimonies of faith rather than tests of faith: Because faith can be expressed in many ways, we have no formula to judge another. Rather, we listen to both the historic creeds and individual’s personal stories in trying to hear the voice of our still speaking God.
- There is yet more light and truth to break forth from the Bible: Nobody has a monopoly on wisdom – not now nor in ages past – so we celebrate bringing science, reason, history, culture and human into our interpretation of the Holy Scriptures.
- The priesthood of all believers: All members have a role to play in caring for one another and making God’s grace known in the world; some have specific roles – like preacher and teacher – while others have more general gifts. All are beautiful and honored in our congregation.
- Responsible freedom: We are free to follow our conscience; and we are bound to care for one another as Christ cares for us.