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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.  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 Denominations

                                     

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:

  • 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.”

  • Antoinette Brown is the first woman since New Testament times ordained as a Christian minister, and perhaps the first woman in history elected to serve a Christian congregation as pastor (1853 - Congregationalist/UCC). At her ordination a friend, Methodist minister Luther Lee, defends “a woman’s right to preach the Gospel.”

  • “We are the Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.  As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.” The practice of Holy Communion is a central element of worship within the Disciples tradition.

  • These Days, one of the daily devotional periodicals available at UCP, is “published especially for” the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ and related churches in the US and Canada.

  •  The United Church of Canada (plus Bermuda) shares heritage with UCP. It was created in 1925 as a merger of the Methodist Church, Canada; two thirds of the Presbyterian Church in Canada; and the Congregational Union of Ontario and Quebec. The Evangelical United Brethren Church joined in 1968, the year the EUB’s joined with the Methodist Church in the U.S. to become The United Methodist Church.