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About Us

We are inquiring, inclusive Christians in the Reformed tradition.

We seek to discern God’s intent for our lives; we seek God through study, prayer, and discipleship; we believe that all are worthy of love.

We trust that God’s grace works in and through us to fulfill God’s purpose in the world.

 

About our faith

Our faith is confident. We commit ourselves to a God we cannot know but in our hearts. We trust in Jesus’ teachings and reject the gods of the world—materialism, consumerism, militarism, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, nationalism, and fundamentalisms of any kind.

Our prayer life takes many forms. Prayer is an exercise of the heart that brings us closer to God. With this intent, all of life can become a prayer. Divine love and glory are always available to us; this insight brings us joy and gratitude.

Our salvation is here. Salvation, for us, is restoration to life on earth, a rescue from the very real hells of worldly existence, our alienation from one another and from life. Being saved this way engenders a longing to grow in faith, to pass on the grace we have been given.

Our path is discipleship. In our daily lives, we seek to help and heal others to the best of our abilities, to practice forgiveness and kindness, and to share from our abundance. Our faith gives us a direction and a purpose in life, a sense of ethics, and a way of conduct.

 

About our theology

We are part of the Reformed tradition. We value simplicity in worship and in our daily lives. We believe that every moment can be lived in touch with the sacred. It is God’s intent and our own longing that we find a relationship with God. Our progress towards this goal is shown in our lives.

We worship the triune God: Creator, resurrected Christ—the sole Head of our church—and Holy Spirit, who guides seekers and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.

We believe that each person is on a pilgrim’s journey towards God. Each of us is on their own path and at a different stage of that journey. There are many paths to God; what matters is love, not a particular religion, or the lack thereof. As Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16).

We believe that doubts and questions are essential to the pilgrim’s journey. As Paul Tillich, one of our founding theologians, said: true faith finds us as we discover what lies beyond our own ideas.

We believe that the persistent quest for God produces an authentic relationship with God. It engenders love, strengthens faith, dissolves guilt, and gives life purpose and direction.

We believe that each person is unique and infinitely valuable in the eyes of God. It is God’s intent that everyone belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.

We believe that all people are invited to join Christ at Christ’s table for the sacrament of Communion. The breaking of bread and the pouring of wine reminds us of the costliness of Christ’s sacrifice, the discipleship to which we are all called, and the inclusion of every person in Christ’s love.

 

About our denomination

United Church of Christ

The United Church of Christ is a progressive Protestant denomination in the Reformed tradition. It traces its roots back to the congregational churches of the Pilgrims and to the German Evangelical and Reformed Churches, who came together in 1957 to form the UCC. Rooted strongly in our tradition, we are a church of firsts and of extravagant welcome.

Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.

The UCC believes in God’s continuing testament. We are committed to hearing God’s ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship.

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

The UCC believes in extravagant welcome. This is why we insist that God’s communion table is open, not closed, and God’s gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable. We advocate justice for all. Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love. We work with, not against people of other faiths.

We are a united and uniting church.

“That they may all be one” (John 17:21). “In essentials–unity, in nonessentials–diversity, in all things–charity.” These mottos express our core values. The UCC has no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to creeds or structures. Its overarching creed is love.

Never place a period where God has placed a comma.

John Robinson, pastor to the Pilgrims, told them as they embarked on the Mayflower, “Do not cling to where Luther and Calvin have brought you, for God hath yet more truth and light to break forth from his holy word.”

 

About Our Pastor

Chad Stevick was installed as pastor at United Congregational Church on June 15, 2016, Pentecost Sunday.  Chad was born and raised in Friona, Texas and moved to Lubbock in May of 2009.  He joined United Congregational soon after moving to Lubbock.  Being a licensed pastor is only one job Chad has, he is also a licensed vocational nurse in a long-term care facility in town.  When he is not working at either job, Chad enjoys reading, watching movies, spending time with friends and family, and listening to music.

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