What we believe: (from national UCC website, adapted)
We believe all are welcome and united by God’s love.
We believe in the triune God: Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole hHead of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the World.
We believe that each person is unique and valuable. It is the will of God that every person belongs 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 that journey.
We believe the UCC is called to be a united and uniting church. “That they may all be one.” (John 17:21) “In essentials–unity, in nonessentials–diversity, in all things–charity,” These UCC mottos survive because they touch core values deep within us. The UCC has no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to creeds or structures. Its overarching creed is love. UCC pastors and teachers are known for their commitment to excellence in theological preparation, interpretation of the scripture and justice advocacy. Even so, love and unity amid 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.’
As UCC participants:
This congregation defines “membership” by active participation in the life of the church, as opposed to more traditional and formal requirements (calling ourselves “participants” rather than “members”). One chooses to be a participant, and typically has a discussion with the Pastor or Moderator and then becomes a participant.
Active participation means attending worship (in person or online) regularly, a desire to be involved, and involvement at the level the participant chooses for themselves.
Participants may vote in congregational meetings, serve on committees or the church Council, and other activities as desired. One need not be a participant to attend church activities or events.