Our church is a progressive Christian community and a proud member of the United Church of Christ (UCC). Although our services are often traditional, our theology is contemporary.
In the UCC, each congregation is run independently and free to make its own decisions. We select our pastors, define our ministries, and decide how to make use of our resources.
To be an inclusive faith presence in the city and beyond—claiming one God with many names and the Christian faith with many paths, offering an open welcome to all, affirming diversity, and advancing the work of justice in our world.
What we believe
Our church has no rigid doctrine or attachment to creeds. Our core values are love and unity in the midst of diversity. We seek to be followers of Christ and believe that our spiritual journeys are best traveled together. We believe that we don’t have all the answers. We do our best to start conversations and ask questions so we can listen and learn from each other and grow closer to God. We believe that science and religion are compatible, and we extend our unequivocal welcome to people who devote their lives to scientific inquiry.
We believe that one person can change the world. We believe that God calls us to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor, comfort the afflicted, and be good stewards of the Earth for future generations. Learn more about the work we do.
“What does God require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?”
We understand God as more a mystery to be enjoyed than a furnisher of answers. We welcome a variety of faithful names for God, including Creator, Mother, Father, or Holy One.
The Bible is our sourcebook, and we take it seriously, but not literally. We recognize that the books of the Bible were written in times and places very different from our own, but that they still have truths to speak to us in our lives today.
Our congregation recognizes all people are uniquely loved and valued by God. We welcome diversity of race, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, religious backgrounds, opinion, marital status, and economic condition.
We baptize infants, children, youth, and adults. Through baptism, a person is joined with the universal church, the body of Christ. Water is sprinkled on the person as the sign and seal of our common discipleship. We recognize the validity of all baptisms, so there is no need for re-baptism. We baptize during worship because baptism includes the community’s promise to love, support, and care for the person being baptized.
Becoming a member
When you’re ready to transition from being a guest at church to being a host, we hope you’ll consider membership.
Membership doesn’t come with privileges here, but commitments! We promise to travel together, to help discern the will of God in our midst, to support one another through high times and low, and to use our gifts in worship, service, and community.
Three times a year, we gather in congregational meetings to eat and discuss the business of the church. Together, we discern the important matters in our community’s life. Members and friends are all invited to attend, but only adult members can vote.
Membership classes and ceremonies are held in the fall and in the spring. Interested in learning more? Please contact one of the pastors.