About the UCCWelcome to the United Church of Christ—a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The UCC was founded in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions: from the beginning of our history, we were a church that affirmed the ideal that Christians did not always have to agree to live together in communion. Our motto—"that they may all be one"—is Jesus' prayer for the unity of the church. The UCC is one of the most diverse Christian denominations in the United States. We hope you'll join us.


 

Statement on Zion's Relationship with the Wider Church

Because not all members of Zion United Church of Christ in Union feel their views are the same as those expressed on the UCC website, Zion Church Council wants every member to understand our congregation's relation to the wider church. That relation is summed up in two words: autonomy and covenant.


autonomy (n)

1. Self-government; freedom to act or function independently.

2. (philosophy) The capacity to make an informed, uncoerced decision.


Zion UCC has autonomy. This means our decision-making body is separate from every other decision-making body in the United Church of Christ. Unlike other church traditions, there is no hierarchy or upper echelon telling us what to do or believe as a congregation. Just as important, our local congregation owns its own physical resources (building, furnishings, property, etc.). No other institution has recourse to our physical assets to place liens on them or do anything else. Most importantly, no part of the wider church can say what Zion UCC believes, in spite of any materials they may use to "market" our "brand." In actual fact, larger settings of the church have no business making statements on our behalf and probably should only say there are a variety of views.


covenant (n)

1. (law) An agreement to do or not do a particular thing.

2. A pact or binding agreement between two or more parties.

 

Covenant describes how God chooses to relate to us and how God expects us to relate to one another. At Mt. Sinai the people received the Ten Commandments and agreed, "Everything that the Lord has spoken, we will do." The covenant continues in Jesus Christ as we repeat his words during Communion, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood."

 

Covenant is our basic way of being the church beyond the local congregation. It means we agree to join forces with other expressions of the United Church of Christ – other local congregations, our association, our conference, and the national setting – to accomplish the work of the kingdom of God. We may disagree on how exactly to do that, but we agree to be part of the discussion in constructive ways. With autonomy we are free to disagree. With covenant we agree to continue the conversation.


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