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Chapel Hill UCC

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Chapel Hill UCC

  1. 1. Chapel HillUnited Church of Christ<br />Learn More About Our Church<br />
  2. 2. So how is the UCC different?<br />In beliefs<br />In the way we make decisions<br />In our commitment to inclusion<br />In the social scope of our ethical positions<br />
  3. 3. We are different from many other churches in our beliefs.<br />
  4. 4. We value and respect the individual conscience. So we don’t turn beliefs into required doctrines.<br />We believe that the Scriptures are expressions of faith that contain spiritual truths. We take the Bible seriously but not literally.<br />We value those things that science has discovered. We don’t think science and faith are mutually exclusive. <br />
  5. 5. People attracted to the UCC say<br />“We like the fact that we don’t have to leave our brains at the door when we come into the church.”<br />
  6. 6. We differ from other churches in the way we make decisions.<br />
  7. 7. All decisions of faith and morals are initiated at the local level<br />Every setting of the church is free to speak and speaks only for itself<br />
  8. 8. There are many differences among us, but…<br />
  9. 9. We are committed absolutely that<br />“Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”<br />
  10. 10. We think that being good people is not enough.<br /> To be followers of Jesus…<br />
  11. 11. We think that Jesus calls us to repair a broken world.<br /> We believe Jesus sends us to care for those the world despises.<br />We think God calls the church to speak the truth to power.<br />We don’t hesitate to speak out on controversial subjects in the name of Jesus.<br />
  12. 12. So we’ve done a lot to show that we care about God’s community of people<br />By sending medical, social, educational and agricultural assistance to communities all over the world<br />By responding generously to people suffering from natural disasters and war.<br />By building colleges, settlement houses, hospitals, and homes for the aged, for children and for persons with disabilities throughout our own country and in other lands.<br />
  13. 13. And we have taken leadership in the struggle for justice <br />In the opposition to American slavery<br />In the ordination of women and people of color to Christian ministry<br />In supporting women’s right to vote<br />In the support of civil rights for African Americans, women, glbt persons, and immigrants <br />In opposition to capital punishment<br />In advocacy of a just peace<br />
  14. 14. We’re seldom unanimous in our opinons on such issues…<br />And we’re proud of that!<br />And grateful for the presence and honesty of those who disagree<br />
  15. 15. Do you know that…<br />There are many people not attending any church who would be thrilled to discover a church like ours?<br />
  16. 16. Why are new people deciding to join the United Church of Christ?<br />We are seen as welcoming to those who are rejected by other churches for whatever reason.<br />We seem untroubled by those who do not accept traditional doctrinal affirmations of faith.<br />We embrace those who are passionate about working for peace and social justice and look for opportunities to help others.<br />We are open to both faith and 21st Century science, and do not see them as mutually exclusive.<br />

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