How We Believe

“There is yet more light and truth to break forth from God’s Word.” — John Robinson, pastor to the Pilgrims

bible-by-candlelightStorrs Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, is a community of faith in the Protestant Christian tradition. We express a Trinitarian faith, experiencing God as our Creator, our Redeemer, and our Sustainer. As Christians, we believe we find the fullest revealing of God’s face in the person and work of Jesus Christ, the healer and teacher of Nazareth who was crucified and was raised to new life.

We are a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a Christian denomination that traces its roots here in New England to the Pilgrims and Puritans (we’ve loosened up a lot since then!). As a Christian church, we are empowered by the risen Christ to pursue  ministries of mercy, justice, grace, and peace.

Our faith is over 2000 years old, but our thinking is not! Ours is a progressive theology, open to questions and doubts and characterized by intellectual curiosity about God’s world and God’s peoples. We acknowledge the Bible as authoritative for faith and practice. That said, we take the Bible far too seriously to take it literally in all respects, and recognize that faith and reason are both gifts from God that aid us on this journey.

In the Bible, we find a story of Jesus’ ministry on earth that was profoundly countercultural, challenging the dominant powers and voices of his day. He preached and practiced a gospel of peace, reconciliation, and renewal, revealed a life of purpose to the aimless, and lived the promise of restoration and resurrection. We recognize that as followers of Jesus we are called to speak to and into the culture, institutions, and laws of our own times, seeking justice and liberation for all.

Belief, therefore, as we understand it is best seen as a way of living and trusting, rather than as something imposed through adherence to a set of creeds or intellectual propositions.  Faith is not a fixed end-point, but a process of sojourning with God, by which we are continually transformed to be more like Christ.

You can explore more about 6 vital themes in our faith perspective in the United Church of Christ here.