What are our beliefs?
The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a liberal / progressive mainline Protestant denomination.
Our core beliefs are founded upon the life and love of Jesus…that we are called to love God, and to love our neighbors. These are the foundation of how we live as a congregation: 1) Love God with all your heart, mind, and soul. 2) Love your neighbor as yourself. 3) We’re all students of Jesus. We join the work of God to bring peace to the world. We follow the words and work of Jesus and stand on the side of the oppressed. We follow the Spirit where she leads us to fight injustice and work to grow a just and peaceful world. We are reminded that we are all a loved son, daughter, and child of God. Worthy, beautiful, and enough. All are works in progress. What does that look like? Some of the things we do…
We worship together on Sunday mornings, are working to expand musical expression and prayer, and share time with each other with food and friendship
We host a monthly Sunday evening meal where all are welcome, before our evening Communion service
We support Northern Tioga Neighbors in Need
We host the Community Thanksgiving Dinner
We support expression through the Arts by hosting Arts and Music Shows and Competitions
We sponsor children through Compassion, and Global Ministries
We support Fair Trade with our supply of Fair Trade Coffee and Chocolates for sale
And we are always looking for ways to reach out to the community both locally and beyond.
We don’t pretend to “have all of the answers,” however, we are earnest in our efforts to grow as individuals and as a community of faith. We strive to be a safe space where your mind and soul can be nourished. We practice equality in leadership, where each person’s voice and gifts are welcomed and valued. We Call out God’s image in each other to restore and maintain dignity. This is true for all including differing gender identities, sexual orientations, physical abilities, religious affiliations, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic statuses.
As we continue to grow, we have the sense that we are to take part in building a healthy local community. If that’s of interest to you, too, please join us!
The Holy Spirit guides us in loving one another and the world, the Risen Christ invites us to join him in his ongoing work, and we take the Bible and the lessons it has to offer seriously.