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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:

  • In 1995, the United Church of Christ publishes The New Century Hymnal – the only hymnbook released by a Christian church that honors in equal measure both male and female images of God. Although its poetry is contemporary, its theology is traditional.

  • The National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) meets in biennial session this month. As a voice promoting pertinent issues related to the African American Church, it promotes reconciliation, social justice concerns, and transformational ministry, by equipping and training clergy and laity leadership, and empowering congregations to do mission and ministry in these times.

  • The Presbyterian Ministry has been actively involved in the United Nations since its formation in 1945. The church has held special consultative status through the UN Economic and Social Council since 1998. This allows the Presbyterian voice to be heard by the global audience and contribute to its agenda by attending conferences, making statements and taking part in advocacy and networking.

  • 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.