Our members and friends hold a wide range of beliefs, from traditional to progressive. It would be impossible to encapsulate the spectrum of views regarding the divine. What follows is an attempt at covering the basics of what one encounters at Congregational United Church of Christ.
Our Church’s Covenant:
We journey together in the ways of Jesus Christ. We seek to be a community of peace and hope and joy, recognizing God’s spirit in all.
The United Church of Christ’s Statement of Faith:
We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother, and to whose deeds we testify:
God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image, and sets before us the ways of life and death.
God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
God judges all humanity and all nations by that will of righteousness declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord,God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.
God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, 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.
God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace,the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God.
Sources of Revelation
We honor the Bible as written by people and inspired by God. We acknowledge that all parts of the Bible were written at certain times and within certain contexts. We realize that the Bible must be interpreted anew for every generation and context.
Reason is a gift from God and a tool of revelation. God speaks to humankind in many ways, including science, the arts and our experiences.
Finally, church tradition can inform our understanding of how God has revealed Godself to the world in the past. While we are not bound by church dogma or ritual, we honor the experiences of the church universal.