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:
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.
As Disciples we are a movement for Christian Unity. As a witness to the world we seek to honor our heritage by working together with other faith communities, and by staying together in covenant. Even when we disagree we can still make room, welcoming all to the table as Christ welcomed us. Our spiritual ancestors were fond of saying, “unity, not uniformity.”