As a nation, we’ve lost a common understanding of what unites us, of what it means to be an American. We have replaced a uniting vision with rancor over what we don’t believe, and whom we don’t accept.
As a society, we’ve become increasingly fragmented and intense in defending our own tribe – and many churches have fueled that division. In fact, to many people who are not churchgoers but are seeking to fill a spiritual void in their life, the church has become its own worst enemy. Often the loudest Christian voices are judgmental, anti-science and aligned with voices of intolerance.
But progressive churches haven’t helped because while we’ve been quick to assure everyone that we aren’t like “those churches”, we’ve been slow to understand who we are.
We have to be clear in our own understanding about how God has spoken to us and our vision for a healthy Christ-led church.
The beginning of the new year is a good time to remind ourselves of who we are, of how God has spoken to us, and of the Good News we have to share.
For the first six weeks of 2018, we will be walking through the Statement of Faith of the United Church of Christ. This is a unifying, clarifying and inspiring document that gives us signposts (not hard-and-fast dogma) for our Christian journey.
You can join us on Sundays for this series of sermons, or read them here at our website.
See our Statement of Faith