As stated in the UCC Statement of Faith, WE believe in God the Eternal Spirit, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and our Father, and to God’s deeds we testify.1 We believe that God’s deeds indicate that God has always been in and desirous of relationship. From the beginning, the triune God says, “let us create man in our image”2 demonstrating a relationship with co-creators: the Son and the Holy Spirit. God defines relationship with humankind by setting before us the ways of life and death,3 creating covenants with God’s people and forgiving, continually.
Jesus Christ, “the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord,”4 embodies relationship. In flesh, Jesus dwelt on the earth bringing good news to the poor, proclaiming release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, letting the oppressed go free and proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favor.5 Jesus Christ represents the love of God and the justice of God. We believe that Jesus Christ came that we might have an abundant life6 lived in right relationship with the Divine, one another and ourselves. Jesus demonstrated this by his life and his ministry of raising the dead, sharing table with the outcasts, casting out demons and proclaiming an interpretation of the law that was both transformative and redemptive. In the resurrection, Jesus gained victory over sin as the ultimate atonement for humankind. The resurrection ushered humanity into new life and restored humanity’s relationship with the Creator God by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit maintains a relationship with creation, “creating, renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues and races.”7 The Holy Spirit has always been actively creating, anointing, comforting and sustaining. Today, the Holy Spirit makes intercession to God on behalf of humanity. The Holy Spirit gives power to equip those in relationship with God. Because of the Holy Spirit, the created feel the presence and spirit of God in the earth; maintain relationship with the Creator God; and continue the work of Jesus Christ in the earth doing even greater things than Jesus did,8 being the hands, feet and voice of God in the world.
Even as God continues to reach toward humanity calling us into relationship, humanity reaches back by living out God’s purposes in the earth. Humanity forms itself into the Church where we learn to act in just ways with ourselves, with one another and with the earth, our living partner and sustaining force. We demonstrate our relationship with Jesus Christ as we commemorate the ministry and life of Jesus Christ by inviting all to an open and accessible table, “binding in Covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues and races”9 regardless of race, sexual orientation, politics or economics where we share in the Eucharist, the body and the blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We show our acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord by our confession of faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who rose from the dead, and our submission to the waters of baptism. We are seekers of justice who love kindness and are desirous of a relationship with our God. In addition to judging “humanity and nations by his righteous will declared through prophets and apostles”10, We believe that God is still speaking through prophets and teachers, even today.