what we believe
Love Demands Inclusion
ALL ARE WELCOME HERE.
Union Church is progressive, ecumenical, multi-denominational church community. We do not have a traditional list of doctrines to which one must subscribe in order to be a member. That doesn’t mean we aren’t united in Christian practices and beliefs, but it does mean that we affirm that there are many paths, many questions, many “right ways” to be close to God. We strive to accompany each other and serve the world, following in the way of Jesus.
Our founder, Rev. John Gregg Fee, believed that “the division of Christians into sects and denominations is contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Gospel, a hindrance to reforms, and to the greatest progress of Christ’s kingdom” [Fee’s Autobiography, held at Berea College, p. 189.]
We embody this, we to aspire to live by these fellowship principles that date back to when we first gathered. It’s spoken by all of us each time we welcome new members, and affirmed in the ways we work together. It reads:
Union Church welcomes all followers of Christ and works with all who work with him, working by love, respecting each person’s conscience, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
We take this seriously. Absolutely anyone at all is welcome to attend here, no matter what they do or do not believe.
However, those who choose to officially join Union Church commit to the following seven statements.
Work by love.
We believe that whatever you are called to do you will be more effective if you do it with love. This means listening to others, including those with different ideas and viewpoints, as well as honoring and standing for one’s own beliefs and ideas.
Respect each other’s conscience.
At Union Church, we have members of many different denominations and of no denomination. We have had Jews, Muslims, and atheists with us. We are expected to be true to who we are and to our own faith traditions, and we are expected to respect the conscience of each one around us, leaving it to the Spirit to lead.
Membership at Union
You may find yourself wanting to join the family in a more official way. If you ever want to know more about becoming a member, there are lots of ways to do that. You are taking the first step right now, just by surfing around our website.
New members are usually welcomed on the 3rd Sunday of a month. YOU are welcome to join!
what we stand for
Here are some more general principles we subscribe to:
We do not use gendered pronouns for God.
We honor all races, ethnicities, genders, and persuasions and work unceasingly toward justice and safety for refugees and immigrants.
We speak respectfully to each other (and apologize when we don’t).
We consider each person in the church, young or old, as a minister in their own way.
We care for God’s creation in every way we can, both at the church building (which uses solar power as much as possible), and in our individual homes.