Topic outline

  • General

    Who We Are

    Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.
    We believe in God's continuing testament.  This is why we 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,

    No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
    We believe 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 teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God's mission.  Our perspective is global, not provincial.  We work with — not against — people of other faiths.  Why? Because God is still speaking,

    Never place a period where God has placed a comma.
    We believe the church's mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally.  We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God's grace.  This is why we insist that churches must be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships.  Why? Because God is still speaking,

    United Church of Christ

    Illinois Conference, United Church of Christ

    Eastern Association,  Illinois Conference, United Church of Christ

  • Rev. John C. Dorhauer, The Ninth General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ

    • UCC Constitution and Bylaws

      AIM:

      By the end of this unit of instruction, participants shall UNDERSTAND the basic constitution of the United Church of Christ.

    • Statement of Faith

      AIM:

      By the end of this unit of instruction, the participant shall UNDERSTAND the United Church of Christ Statement of Faith.

    • UCC 2015 Fact Sheet

      AIM:

      By the end of this unit of instruction, participants shall UNDERSTAND the current scope of the United Church of Christ.

    • Illinois Conference

      AIM:

      By the end of this unit of instruction, the participant shall UNDERSTAND the function of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ.

    • Eastern Association

      AIM:

      By the end of this unit of instruction, the participant shall UNDERSTAND how the Eastern Association functions within the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ.

    • UCC Church Calendar

      AIM:

      By the end of this unit of instruction, participants will become AWARE of the church calendar that is recognized by the United Church of Christ.

    • The Big Secret of Giving

      AIM:

      By the end of this unit of instruction, participants shall UNDERSTAND the importance of stewardship and EXPLAIN how stewardship works in the local church.

    • Grace United Church of Christ

      AIM:

      By the end of this unit of instruction, the participant shall UNDERSTAND the constitution of the Grace United Church of Christ.