We believe in the triune 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 word.
We believe that each person is unique and valuable. It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.
We believe that each person is on a spiritual journey, and that each of us is at a different stage of the journey.
We believe that the persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God, engendering love, strengthening faith, dissolving guilt, and giving purpose and direction.
We believe that all the baptized 'belong body and soul to our Lord and Savior Jesus the 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. We baptize 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 make one loaf of bread, and many grapes make one cup of wine, the many people of God are made one in the Body of Christ, the church. The breaking of the bread and the pouring of the cup remind us of Christ's sacrifice and the discipleship to which we are called. We celebrate in the presence of a 'cloud of witness', ancestors, family, friends who have gone before us.
We believe the UCC is called to be a united and uniting church. "That they may all be one" (John 17:21). These words of Jesus touch core values deep within us. The UCC has no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to creeds or structures. Its overarching creed to love. UCC pastors are known for their commitment to excellence in theological preparation, interpretation of the scriptures, and justice advocacy.
Even so, love and unity in the midst of our diversity are our greatest assets.
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 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 a 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!
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