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  • Phone: 703-620-3065
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  • Address: 11508 North Shore Dr., Reston, VA 20190

 

 

What We Believe

Core beliefs….

At the United Christian Parish, we have core beliefs that bind us together. We believe in God the Creator, whose love is made known to us in Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit who inspires us to action - serving all in our community, the nation and the world.  

...with a variety of views

At the same time, we embrace a wide variety of views that recognize, accept and celebrate the unique and diverse perspectives that we each have.  

Our Four Denominations

                                     

United Christian Parish is united as four Christian Protestant denominations: 

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Presbyterian (USA)
United Church of Christ  
United Methodist

We believe that a multi-denominational approach is a real-world example of how people from diverse backgrounds and experiences can come together to build and grow something bigger and stronger than the sum of its parts. Four denominational parents provide us with a wealth of resources to share the Gospel.
Guests and members come from a variety of faith backgrounds. You do not have to be familiar with one of the four denominations to feel comfortable.



Get to know the denominations and their histories with some fun facts:

  • “In Ecumenical Relations it is important to know each other better, but also to recognize what the Spirit has sown in the other as a gift for us .We must walk united with our differences. There is no other way to become one. This is the way of Jesus.” -Pope Francis

  • Twenty-two churches across Canada from Calgary, Alberta to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island make up one of the 32 Regions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada. Since 1811 Canadian Disciples churches have been an important voice for peace, justice and wholeness. Ecumenists at heart, they are founding members of the Canadian Council of Churches and active members of the World Council of Churches.

  • The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) provides Relief Supply Kits to needy places in the US and its territories. Each year UCP makes a large contribution of items for UMCOR Hygiene Kits through our Virginia Conference. UMCOR also provides Cleaning Kits and School Kits in cooperation with local United Methodist churches, ACT Alliance, ecumenical, and interfaith partners.

  • John Wesley adapted A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition from the Puritan tradition that was so important to his parents, Samuel and Suzannah, and life in the Epworth rectory. It informed his theology and preaching. He expected people called “Methodists” to pray this prayer at the beginning of each new year as a way of remembering and renewing their baptismal covenant. (UMC Hymnal page 607)

  • Because intellectual and religious freedom are important values for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the 14 colleges and universities, and the nine seminaries and theological institutions founded by its congregations do not seek to indoctrinate students or faculty with a sectarian point of view.

  • The historical antecedents of the United Church of Christ (Congregational, Christian, Evangelical, Reformed, American Missionary Association) established a wide variety of schools for all persons including Harvard, Yale, Franklin and Marshall, Elmhurst, and Elon College. Schools primarily serving black students included Dillard, Fisk, Huston-Tillotson, LeMoyne, Talladega and Tougaloo.

  • The Presbyterian Synod of the Mid-Atlantic was the last synod to be organized following the 1983 reunion of the church’s northern and southern branches. A unique synod, it’s the most diverse assimilating four all Black presbyteries and one Black synod into its new structure. The synod consists of 14 Presbyteries including the National Capital Presbytery to which UCP belongs.