ABOUT SEASIDE UCC
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Seaside Community Church is part of the United Church of Christ (www.ucc.org) – a modern, progressive community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed.
The UCC was founded in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions. Our motto – “that they may all be one”- is Jesus’ prayer for the unity of all churches. The UCC is one of the most diverse Christian churches in the United States.
We have a long history of bucking tradition and doing the right thing, even when that “thing” may be socially unpopular. Some of our history includes the following:
Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking isn’t!
We believe in God’s continuing testament. This is why Seaside UCC and the United Church of Christ are committed to hearing God’s ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today. We try to remain attentive to God’s creative movement in the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship. We prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and future church, and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking. Why? Because God is still speaking
(from the United Church of Christ website: www.ucc.org).
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.