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.
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. 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.
UCP joins four Christian traditions: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Presbyterian (USA), United Church of Christ and United Methodist. The pastors represent various parishioners are members of all four denominations and come from a wide range of faith backgrounds. 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:
Methodism traces its roots to 1739 in England resulting from a revival and reform movement begun by Anglican minister John Wesley and his brother Charles. Wesley’s basic precepts were: 1) Shun evil and avoid partaking in wicked deeds at all costs, 2) Perform kind acts as much as possible, and 3) Abide by the edicts of God the Almighty Father.
The logo of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a red chalice with a white St. Andrew's cross. The chalice represents the centrality of communion to the life of the church. The cross of Saint Andrew is a reminder of the ministry of each person and the importance of evangelism, and recalls the denomination's Scottish Presbyterian ancestry.
The United Church of Christ vision of a just world is where all are welcomed, everyone is loved and justice is inherent. The UCC proclaims “3 Great Loves” as the denomination’s focused opportunity to express how Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, and Love of Creation work together to address the inequities in our world.
“Presbyterians urge support of Fair Trade as a matter of faith.” A Presbyterian Mission posting notes fair trade provides an opportunity to commit to helping improve the lives of small farmers and the poor. Many at UCP have noticed the UCC poster promoting use of fair trade products. UCP serves fair trade coffee during our fellowship times following worship.
The United Methodist Church does not have an “official” version of the Bible. Resources published by The United Methodist Publishing House use the Common English Bible (CEB) and the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) as the preferred texts for curriculum. However United Methodists affirm the usefulness of a number of translations since each sheds a slightly different light in translating or paraphrasing the original languages and manuscripts.
Disciples traditionally opposed… the use of creeds to exclude persons from the church. It was the use of creeds as “tests of fellowship” that disciples’ founding fathers considered the major cause of division among Christians. A widely known slogan among Disciples claims “No Creed but Christ.”