Our Beliefs

Statement of Faith

We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother, and to whose deeds we testify:

 

God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image, and sets before us the ways of life and death.

 

God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

God judges all humanity and all nations by that will of righteousness declared through prophets and apostles.

In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord,God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.

God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.

God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.

God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end.

Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God.

Amen.

Ka Hua O Ka Manaʻoʻiʻo

Ke manaʻoʻiʻo nei mākou i ke Akua, ka ʻUhane Mau Loa, ka Makua o kō kākou Haku o Iesū Kristo a me kō kākou Makua, no kāna mau hana mana o kā mākou kēia e hoʻōla nei:

      Ua kauoha ʻo ia i nā honua e puka mai, ua hana ʻO ia i ke kanaka ma kona ʻano ponoʻī a hoʻonoho ʻo ia ma ona la nā ʻaoʻao o ke ola a me ka make.

     Ke ʻimi nei ʻO ia i ke aloha hemolele e hoʻopākele i nā poʻe apau e lalau wale nei i loko o ka hewa.

     Ke hoʻokolokolo nei ʻO ia i nā kānaka a me nā aupuni o kēia ao a me kona kauoha ponoʻī i hōʻike ʻia ai e nā kāula a me nā lunaʻōlelo.

     I loko o Iesū Kristo, ka hiwahiwa o Nazareta, i kaulia ʻia ma ke keʻa a lanakila mai ka make mai, ʻo ia kō kākou Haku e ola mau ai, hele mai ʻo ia iō kākou, a hoʻohālike ʻO ia me kākou, ua lanakila ʻō ia i ka hewa a me ka make a ke hoʻolauleʻa nei ʻō ia i ko ke ao nei nona iho.

     Ke hoʻohanini nei ʻO ia ma luna o kākou nei kona ʻUhane Hemolele, e hoʻokumu ana a hana hou ana i ka ʻEkalesia o Iesū Kristo, a pūʻā ana i kuʻikahi o ka poʻe manaʻoʻiʻo apau, nā ʻōlelo ʻē, a me nā lāhui kānaka apau.

     Ke kahea nei ʻO ia iā kākou e komo i loko o kona ʻEkalesia e lawe i ke kumupaʻa a me ka ʻoli he haumāna nona, he poʻe kauwā nona i loko o nā lawelawe ʻana a nā kānaka, e haʻi i ka ʻeuanelio o Kristo i ko ke ao nei apau, e kūʻē i nā mana o ka ʻino, e puʻunaue ana i ka bapetiso o Kristo a me kona ʻahaʻaina laʻa a e komo pū ana i loko o kona ʻehaʻeha a me kona lanakila.

     He ʻōlelo paʻa kāna no nā poʻe i paulele iā ia, e huikala i nā hewa a e hoʻopiha ʻO ia me ke aloha, e wiwoʻole ana i loko o ka hākōkō ʻana o ke kaulike a me ka maluhia, ma kona alo i nā wā luʻuluʻu a me ka wā hauʻoli, a me ke ola mau loa i loko o kona aupuni hopena ʻole.

     ʻO ka pōmaikaʻi, ka hanohano, ka nani, a me ka mana, e noho me iā ia iho.

       ʻĀmene.

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 valuable. It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they 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 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.

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 UCC 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.

Testimonies of Faith

The United Church of Christ embraces a theological heritage that affirms the Bible as the authoritative witness to the Word of God, the creeds of the ecumenical councils, and the confessions of the Reformation. The UCC has roots in the "covenantal" tradition—meaning there is no centralized authority or hierarchy that can impose any doctrine or form of worship on its members. Christ alone is Head of the church. We seek a balance between freedom of conscience and accountability to the apostolic faith. The UCC therefore receives the historic creeds and confessions of our ancestors as testimonies, but not tests of the faith.

To view the historic creeds and confessions we receive faithfully, please click here.