UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST STATEMENT OF FAITH
(in the form of a doxology)
We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God, and to your deeds we testify:
You call the worlds into being, create persons in your own image,and set before each one the ways of life and death.
You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
You judge people and nations by your righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior, you have come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to yourself.
You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
You call us into your church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be your servants in the service of others, 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.
You promise to all who trust you forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, your presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in your realm which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you.
THE BROADWAY UCC COVENANT
While our UCC Statement of Faith is a good summary of what we believe, our church covenant is a summary of how we agree to live and upon what basis we make these promises:
In response to God's love made known to us in Jesus Christ
we covenant with God and with one another to be God's Church
in this time and place as the Holy Spirit may direct.
Broadway United Church of Christ is a church not of stone but of individuals, gathered in community by God's love which we celebrate through worship, study, fellowship, and service.
Celebrating the diversity of God's creation, we are an Open and Affirming congregation; and we welcome all races, cultures, stages of faith, and conditions of life.
Believing that the witness of God's church is in large part the witness of its members, we affirm, equip, and support one another for our ministries in the world on Christ's behalf.
Inspired by God's intention, “that they may all be one,” we cooperate with other churches and are dedicated to common ministry in Christ's name.
Continuing in our God-given tradition, we strive to do justice, make peace, and overcome the barriers dividing humankind; and, confident that God is also at work through organizations other than the church, we seek partnerships with secular agencies serving those ends.
Mindful of God's infinite ways, we honor others whose different experiences of the Holy expand our own and teach us new ways of loving God, neighbor, and self.
And, trusting in God's wisdom, we dedicate our future to this mission and those purposes to which God may yet call us.
Open and Affirming Statement (“O & A”)
Broadway United Church of Christ covenants for the openness and affirmation of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons.
We know that as Christians, we are many members, but are one body in Christ-members of one another, and that we all have different gifts. With Jesus, we affirm that we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, that we are called to act as agents of reconciliation and wholeness within the world and within the church itself.
We know that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are often scorned by the church, and devalued and discriminated against both in the church and in society. We at Broadway UCC commit ourselves to caring and concern for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender sisters and brothers by affirming that:
- we believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people share with others the worth that comes from being unique individuals;
- we welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people to join our congregation in the same spirit and manner used in, the acceptance of any new members;
- we recognize the presence of ignorance, fear and hatred in the church and in our culture, and covenant to not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, nor any other irrelevant factor, and we seek to include and support those who, because of this fear and prejudice, find themselves in exile from a spiritual community;
- we seek to address the needs and advocate the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in our church and in society by actively encouraging church instrumentalities and secular governmental bodies to adopt and implement policies of non-discrimination; and
- we join together as a covenantal community, to celebrate and share our common communion and the reassurance that we are indeed created by God, reconciled by Christ and empowered by the grace of the Holy Spirit.
Asked to design a new identity campaign for the United Church of Christ, project leader Ron Buford studied church history, visited churches, and tried out many ideas in hopes of capturing the spirit and essence of today's UCC denomination.
Many agreed that the words of Mayflower Pilgrim pastor John Robinson still strike a strong, deep chord: "O God, grant yet more light and truth to break forth from your word."" Buford felt a more modern and powerful way to express this same concept was to simply state: "God is still speaking"
Buford's search also led him to the words of Gracie Allen (1895 - 1964), the zany partner and comic foil of husband George Burns (photo below) in their immensely popular and long-running comedy act that spanned from 1920s vaudeville and radio through film and television.
After Gracie's passing, her husband is said to have found among her papers a letter left for him. The letter included the phrase, "Never place a period where God has placed a comma."
In Buford's creative fermentation of study, prayer, reflection, and sharing ideas and visions with colleagues, Gracie Allen's advice to her husband became linked with the Still-Speaking concept as dual signature elements of the UCC's new identity campaign:
Never place a period where God has placed a comma - God is still speaking,
The iconic black on red comma image at the top of this page was conceived by UCC staff designer Randy Varcho as a simple, evocative symbol to graphically represent the power of the idea.
The UCC website states that the goals for the Comma and "God is Still Speaking" initiative are to:
- Let the world know that there is a church unlike any they may have known.
- Speak to the alienated and those seeking a spiritual home. Invite people to come...and let them know that, "No matter who you are, no matter where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here."
- Raise the knowledge and pride of members.
- Embrace a new common brand and theme so the United Church of Christ is instantly recognizable.
To find out more about the United Church of Christ's "God Is Still Speaking" campaign, visit www.ucc.org/god-is-still-speaking.