We believe in a diverse God: Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, Mother, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive resurrection work in the world.

We believe that each person is unique and valuable. It is the heart's desire of God that every person feel a sense of belonging. We intentionally enter into covenant and belong to a family of faith where we have a strong sense of being valued and loved.

We believe that each person is on a spiritual journey and that each of us is at a different stage of that journey. We support and care for each other- no matter where we are.

We believe that the persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God, our neighbors, and ourselves. We embrace this journey of deeper relationship intentionally- embodying love, strengthening faith, dissolving shame, and giving life purpose and direction.

We believe that everyone 'belongs 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, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, class, age, ability, or creed – we all belong to God and to one worldwide community of faith. Past, present and future – we are connected to each other and to God-especially through the sacrament of baptism. We are an intentionally "Open and Affirming" Community- we choose to lavishly welcome L/G/B/T/Q people. (For more about what it means to be "Open and Affirming" Click Here: http://openandaffirming.org/ona/why/ )  We baptize during worship when the community is present because baptism includes the community's promise of 'love, support and care' for the baptized – and we promise that we won't take it back – no matter where your journey leads you.

We believe that all people of faith are invited to join 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 breaking of bread and the pouring of wine reminds us that God loves us and calls us out the church doors and into our communities.  When we share this spiritual food, we remember and celebrate the presence of God among us along with a 'cloud of witnesses' – our ancestors, family and friends who have gone before us. It is a great mystery; and we claim it by faith!

We believe the UCC 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. Our overarching creed is "to love." UCC pastors and teachers are known for their commitment to excellence in theological preparation, interpretation of the scripture and justice advocacy. Even so, love and unity in the midst of our diversity are our greatest assets.

We believe that God calls us to be invested in our communities. We are called to be servants and advocates in the service of others and to be good stewards of our and the earth's resources. 'To believe is to care; to care is to do.'

We believe that the UCC is called to be a prophetic church. As in the biblical traditions of the prophets and apostles, God calls the us to speak truth to power, to liberate the oppressed, to care for the poor and to comfort the afflicted.

We believe in the power of peace, and work actively for nonviolent solutions to local, national, and international conflicts and disagreements.

We are a people of possibility. In the UCC, members, congregations and church structures have the breathing room to explore and to hear ... for after all, God is still speaking!