Land of the Sky United Church of Christ is an emerging, progressive community seeking to serve the still-speaking God by living justly, loving abundantly, and walking humbly in the ways of Jesus.
Serving the Still Speaking God We believe in the good news that God is with us-we are not alone. Because God continues to speak, we look for the divine Spirit reflected in creation, culture, and new understandings of the Bible. We are a community that listens attentively for God’s word and wisdom. Our faith is over 2,000 years old, but our thinking is not. We seek to balance our rich Christian history with openness to new ideas and possibilities.
We strive to live justly by covenanting to build just relationships and dismantle unjust practices and institutions both in the church and in the world. In solidarity with the history of the United Church of Christ-which was the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, and the first to ordain an openly gay man-we honor the voices and stories of those who live on the margins, as Jesus did. We affirm the creative diversity of God’s world, remembering that we stand in need of one another and each belong in the sacred family of living things. We delight in using expansive language that re-imagines God through rich imagery and inspired metaphor. We seek to cultivate reconciliation with the Earth and the natural world.
As a community living into the unity for which Jesus prayed, we welcome the beautiful spectrum of God’s people-of every race, nationality, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, and ability-into the full life of the church. We desire to love abundantly by covenanting to live lives that are reconciled to God, self, and neighbor. We seek to welcome the stranger as one through whom we might learn a deeper truth about the God who is love. Together, we participate in acts of mercy to witness to God’s love in the world through Jesus Christ.
We commit to walk humbly with God by cultivating our spiritual lives through worship, prayer, study, contemplation, celebration, ritual, and deepening community life. As a foundational source for understanding God’s good news, we honor the Bible’s persistent wisdom, seek out its new insights, and ask the difficult questions of faith. As a community striving to live in the ways of Jesus, we walk as compassionate companions on this journey of faith.