WHAT WE BELIEVE

The mission of Church of the Savior, United Church of Christ, is to be an inclusive Christian church where we share our spiritual journeys with one another and seek to manifest the unconditional love of God toward all people and all creation. Therefore, in covenant with God and one another, we continually strive to...


Welcome all people and rejoice in diversity

Live by faith and grow spiritually

Serve others and promote justice and peace

Protect and care for the earth and all living things

Care for one another & celebrate life!


CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR IS AN OPEN AND AFFIRMING CONGREGATION

Church of the Savior, UCC, is a community of faith that celebrates God's wondrous love for ALL persons and seeks to manifest that love toward all people and all creation.

 

In contrast to this vision, many parts of church and society perpetuate discriminatory practices and fail to affirm the full humanity of all people, especially, at this time, with regard to sexual orientation & gender identity.

 

Many parts of church & society also remain conspicuously silent regarding acts of senseless violence, institutionalized discrimination and continuing instances of injustice against gay, lesbian, bisexual, & transgender people.

 

As people of faith, we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31) without being judgmental (Matthew 7:1-2), nor condemning of others (Luke 6:37-38).

 

As Christians, we are called by Christ's example to proclaim release to the captives and freedom to the oppressed (Luke 4:18).

 

In response to these realities, we have consistently and openly declared our intention to be an inclusive Christian church in print, in public actions and in welcoming individuals and families into our midst regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

Now, therefore, in covenant with God and one another, we declare:

 

Because all people have sacred worth and inherent dignity as human beings and children of God,

 

We will continue to be an inclusive church in word and deed,

 

We will welcome all people as members and full participants in the life of our congregation,

 

Regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color or creed;

 

Regardless of ability, health, economic status, gender or age;

 

Regardless of national origin, cultural background or other differences;

 

And we will especially endeavor to include and support those who find themselves in exile from a spiritual community because of fear & prejudice.

 

May God grant us the grace to live out this commitment in the spirit of Jesus Christ, with wisdom, courage and compassion toward all! Amen!

OUR COVENANT

We covenant with God and with one another to walk our spiritual journeys together.

 

As pilgrims, we are not certain what awaits us along the way or at the other end; but we believe that the God of Unbounded Love walks with us, guides us and sustains us.


As with those who journeyed before us, we look to Jesus of Nazareth and the Holy Scriptures for light.

 

Along the way, we believe God calls us to laugh together, to celebrate life and affirm its goodness, and in times of sadness and trial, to weep with one another and bear one another's burdens.

 

As fellow pilgrims, we covenant together to accept one another wherever we may be in our journey to grant each other space to grow, to rejoice in our diversity; and to encourage individuality, even as we maintain the unity of love.

 

Our baptism calls us to serve others, to pray for the transformation of the world into the kingdom of god; to share the Gospel with all people; and to promote justice and universal love.

 

We look with faith for the triumph of righteousness and the life everlasting.

 

This covenant binds us together into a People of God.

 

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 are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church. The breaking of bread and the pouring of wine reminds us of the costliness of Christ's sacrifice and the discipleship to which we are all called. In the breaking of bread, we remember and celebrate Christ's presence among us along with a 'cloud of witnesses' – our ancestors, family and friends who have gone before us. It is a great mystery; we claim it by faith.

 

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 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 the 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 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, ...