As a member church of the United Church of Christ, Claremont UCC greatly reflects the evolution of Christian thought and practice within the Mainline Protestant tradition. However, we feel we are uniquely our own and express that in several ways. As with all creeds or statements, we believe the following to be testimonies of faith, rather than tests of faith.
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, we unite on our spiritual journeys to discern God’s still-speaking voice, embrace all people without exception, celebrate God’s presence in worship, and pursue Christ’s vision of peace, love, grace, and justice. In response to God’s creating, redeeming and sustaining love,
We unite for the worship of God and the service of all. We seek to know the will of God and to walk in God’s ways made known in Jesus Christ; to love one another; to proclaim the Gospel to all the world; to work and pray for peace and justice; and to live in harmony with all creation. We trust the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing and the promise of eternal life both now and for evermore. Amen.
Our Shared Values
- Inspired by the Open and Affirming commitment of our United Church of Christ, we build a membership that fully reflects the diversity of our immediate and neighboring communities.
- In the spirit of fellowship and to enhance a sense of connection and commitment, we educate new members about our church’s vision and about opportunities for involvement at CUCC.
- Energized by the value our church places on social justice in daily practice as well as in worship, we initiate and participate in a myriad of ministries within the church and among the members of our interfaith community.
- Grateful for the immense potential within our congregation’s members and the importance of their involvement, we develop, empower and utilize lay leadership.
- We believe that stewardship consists not only of our financial contributions but also donations of time and talents. We nurture this stewardship through ongoing education about the value of giving and clarity about allocation processes.
- In light of our fundamental belief in the centrality of Christian Education, we build on the positive energy that enlivens our church across culture, age, and gender.
- Recognizing that worship is central to our community’s spiritual life and respecting an ever-evolving Church, we engage in worship that is unbounded by particular structures, personages or musical instruments, one that is at once reflective and energizing to the church community and intellectually stimulating and heart-felt to the individual.
- We understand both the personal nature of our spiritual relationship with God and the importance of a nurturing, supportive faith community.
CUCC’s Steps to Discipleship
A Disciple is someone who…
- Pays in all things as a commitment in life
- Studies God’s Still Speaking Voice to discern God’s will for life
- Worships, both communally and privately, on a regular basis for life
- Exhibits attitudes of “Christmindedness” through life
- Engages in personal ministry as a way of life
- Shares how God is at work in one’s life
- Supports ministry financially at a level that both reflects and enhances life
Our Constitution and By-Laws
As a church in the “congregational” or “free church” tradition, the members of Claremont UCC are responsible for our organization, administration, mission, worship and properties. We rely upon prayerful discernment, respectful deliberation, our Covenant and our polity to guide us in all we do. Our By-Laws provide the organizational structure which assures freedom with order.
Some questions you may have about our church…
Why might CUCC be a good fit for me?
Are you seeking a religious life in which both your heart and your mind are actively engaged? Progressive Theology, as found at Claremont UCC, offers a way of understanding and knowing God that honors the authority of the individual conscience, validates and is compatible with the findings of science, supports an ethical religious outlook, respects the integrity and value of other faith traditions and is accessible by contemporary cultures and people. As such, Progressive Theology is a middle way between the rigidity of traditional/conservative orthodoxy and the emptiness of atheistic secularism. Progressive Theology dares to ask hard questions, avoids an easy certainty and knows that God is always more than we can imagine.
What about Scripture?
We take scripture seriously, which means that we do not take it literally. Even the ancient Creeds assert Jesus as fully human and fully divine; to declare the Bible as fully divine and not recognize its humanity is in and of itself idolatrous.
“I see the Bible as a human response to God. Rather than seeing God as scripture’s ultimate author, I see the Bible as the response of these two ancient communities to their experience of God. As such it contains their stories of God, their perceptions of God’s character and will, their prayers to and praise of God, their perceptions of the human condition and the paths of deliverance, their religious and ethical practices, and their understanding of what faithfulness to God involves. As the product of these two communities, the Bible thus tells us about how they saw things, not about how God sees things.” - Marcus J. Borg Reading the Bible Again for First Time
Do I need to be baptized?
No. Believing that God speaks to all people, you do not have to be baptized to participate at CUCC- including receiving communion. However, our bylaws do state that Membership requires baptism. What we expect is that once you become active in this body of Christ, you will want to join your faith journey with ours and the sacrament of baptism is part of covenanting with God and us that we share the responsibility of that journey with each other.
What if I don’t believe in the Trinity?
That’s okay. Our members have varying views of the Trinity, the Divinity of Jesus, the existence of heaven and hell and many other “doctrinal” issues. We are a non-creedal congregation, believing that creeds are “testaments of faith” not “tests of faith. It’s more important that we discern how to answer Jesus call to “follow me” than it is to believe the right dogma.
Can I take Communion?
YES! Ours is an open table; because it is not our table, but Christ’s and Christ invites all to the table. So, no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. We know that many have been told they do not belong. Much of our purpose is to prove that all are loved and accepted by God and that is Jesus’ message.
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