St. Paul UCC

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What We Believe

What We Believe:
We believe in the triune God: Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church,
and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of
God in the world.
We believe that each person is unique and beloved by God.
We believe that each person is on a spiritual journey and that each of us is at a
different stage of that journey.
We believe that the persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God, engendering love, strengthening faith, dissolving guilt, and giving life purpose
and direction.
We believe that all of the baptized ‘belong body and soul to our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ.’ No matter who – no matter what – no matter where we are on life’s
journey – notwithstanding race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, class
or creed – we all belong to God and to one worldwide community of faith. All persons
baptized – past, present and future – are connected to each other and to God through
the sacrament of baptism. We baptize during worship when the community is present
because baptism includes the community’s promise of ‘love, support and care’ for the
We believe that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ’s table for the
sacrament of communion. Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one
loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many
people of God, are made one in the Body of Christ, the church. The breaking of bread
and the pouring of wine reminds us of Christ’s sacrifice and the discipleship to which we
are all called. In the breaking of bread, we remember and celebrate Christ’s presence
among us along with a ‘cloud of witnesses’ – our ancestors, family and friends who
have gone before us. It is a great mystery; we claim it by faith.
We believe the United Church of Christ is called to be a united and uniting
church. “That they may all be one.” (John 17:21) “In essentials–unity, in
nonessentials–diversity, in all things–charity,” These UCC mottos survive because they
touch core values deep within us. The UCC has no rigid formulation of doctrine or
attachment to creeds or structures. Its overarching creed is love. UCC pastors and
teachers are known for their commitment to excellence in theological preparation,
interpretation of the scripture and justice advocacy. Love and unity in the midst of our
diversity are our greatest assets.
We believe that God calls us to be servants in the service of others and to be good
stewards of the earth’s resources. ‘To believe is to care; to care is to do.’

We believe that the United Church of Christ is called to be a prophetic church. As
in the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls the church to speak truth to
power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor, and comfort the afflicted.
We believe in the power of peace, and work for nonviolent solutions to local, national,
and international problems.
We are a people of possibility. In the United Church of Christ, members,
congregations and structures have the breathing room to explore and to hear God’s
word anew… for after all, God is still speaking, …