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.
United Christian Parish is united as four Christian Protestant denominations:
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:
From its earliest beginnings, the Disciples of Christ have pursued a vision of Christian unity. In 1954 it established the Council on Christian Unity becoming the first church in the U.S. to establish a permanent church instrument working for Christian Unity.
Since 1984 approximately 300 International Peacemakers from 60 countries have been hosted by Presbyterians. This program makes it possible for leaders from our partner denominations and organizations around the world to visit the Presbyterian Church (USA) each year to interpret issues of peace and justice. Among many initiatives Peacemakers has been working for racial justice in Europe, and has helped educate thousands in southern Africa. Presbyterian News Service
More than 350 United Methodist missionaries serve in more than 60 countries. They are teachers, farmers, educators, doctors, accountants, community developers, volunteer coordinators, pilots, nurses, professors, administrators and more. They serve the needs of the community as identified by local leaders. People called to missionary service must meet basic requirements including being a professing Christian and having the appropriate education and experience for the position. When commissioned, an anchor cross is placed around their neck. This is an early Christian symbol that serves as a reminder they are firmly grounded in Christ while engaging in God’s mission. (United Methodist Communications)
At the very heart and soul of the Disciples of Christ is a core value, a primary mark of identity, to seek the unity of all Christians. It’s a unity that finds its life in vision and common mission, witness and service. It’s unity, not uniformity, oneness, not sameness, diverse, but not divided. It’s not about giving up Disciples identity, but looking to take on a larger identity in Christ. (Disciples’ Council of Christian Unity)
“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.
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.