What We Believe, or rather, what we “covenant”!

“The United Church of Christ acknowledges as its sole Head, Jesus Christ, Son of God and Savior.  It acknowledges as kindred in Christ all who share in this confession.”

from the Preamble to the Constitution of the United Church of Christ

 

These words from our denomination’s Constitution are at the core of what we hold in common.  Beyond this, you will find a wide range of beliefs among the members of Second Church.  How we view God’s relationship with us and the world, and our understanding of how God’s will is revealed to us through the Bible, prayer and the voices of witnesses past and present, these and many other matters are the subjects of discussion and debate.  In fact, for understanding the character of the Christian fellowship at Second Congregational United Church of Christ, it is better to look at covenant rather than belief.

Covenanting, accepting, inclusive and journeying; these words identify who we are far more than what we believe, and the greatest of these is covenant!  For the United Church of Christ and for Second Church, we join together, not because we believe the same things, but because we have committed to support one another on life’s journey.  From the earliest fellowships in our rich heritage this has been the case.  The Pilgrims who journeyed to America to seek religious freedom vowed to covenant “…with the Lord and one with another; and beyond our selves in the presence of God, to walk together in all his ways.”

Please click here for the Salem Covenant of 1629

Come, then, to Second Church, not to endorse a set of beliefs, but to embrace a covenant, one with another.  We endeavor to accept all people regardless of background and perspective.  We desire to listen, love and learn from each other.  As everyone is created in the image of God, we aim to be a fellowship that allows free exploration, unconditional support for one another in times of need, and a vehicle by which each of us might fulfill the call that we receive to serve God and God’s creation.