We are a multi-cultural, multi-generational church of people who are believers and seekers, faith-filled and skeptics seeking community, working toward peace and justice, believing we can make a difference in the world. We were organized in 1960 and continue to be guided by our Vision Statement and five Covenants (for more information about our Vision and Covenants see the Quick links to the left). We are proudly progressive, intentionally inclusive and creatively spiritual. We worship together on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am. (See our event calendar for the seasonal worship schedule.) Our Chapel is available for individual and group meditation during the week. Check with the office for availability.
What does the UCC Logo represent?
The symbol of the United Church of Christ (shown to the left) comprises a crown, cross and orb enclosed within a double oval bearing the name of the church and the prayer of Jesus, "That they may all be one" (John 17:21). It is based on an ancient Christian symbol called the "Cross of Victory" or the "Cross Triumphant." The crown symbolizes the sovereignty of Christ. The cross recalls the suffering of Christ—his arms outstretched on the wood of the cross—for the salvation of humanity. The orb, divided into three parts, reminds us of Jesus' command to be his "witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). The verse from Scripture reflects our historic commitment to the restoration of unity among the separated churches of Jesus Christ.
We are a "Just Peace" church
And when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it, saying, "would that even today you know the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes." (Luke 20:41-42)
We live in a world which God created and declared to be good, but which is grievously marked by violence, warfare and oppression on the part of nations and individuals, and the scriptures speak plainly of God's call for justice, and proclaim the Christian Gospel to the be Gospel of peace, and we believe that, by the grace of God and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, peace, undergirded by justice, is possible.
THEREFORE, we declare Parkview Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, to be a Just Peace Church.
We affirm this community's longtime concern for diversity, community, respect for persons, and right use of resources.
We commit ourselves to seeking non-violent ways to deal with conflict, providing a healthy environment for the nurture of children and advocating for justice.
We covenant with God and with one another to live as a people of hope and compassion in our homes, our congregation, our community, our nation, and the world.
We are a "Whole Earth" church
The earth is God's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein; for God has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers. (Psalm 24:1)
We live on a planet, which God created and declared to be good, but which is being destroyed by the carelessness and excesses of humankind.
We believe in the interconnectedness of all of God's creation and in leaving our children a legacy of beauty, wholeness, and a healthful life, and the Scriptures tell us we are to be stewards of God's creation.
THEREFORE, we declare Parkview Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, to be a Whole Earth Church.
We affirm this congregation's ongoing concern for conservation of our resources, educating its members in conservation methods, and participating in programs aimed at health and wholeness of our planet and its creatures.
We commit ourselves to honoring God's creation by seeking ways to help educate others, practicing wise stewardship of God's earth, providing outreach in the community for Whole Earth concerns, and giving thanks to God in worship.
We covenant with God and with one another to live as a people of God's creation and to work to restore balance and beauty to this planet.
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We are intentionally inclusive
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (I John 4:7)
We proclaim the love of Jesus Christ as our rule and guide, we recognize that each individual is in some way a minority and has felt some degree of bigotry and prejudice, isolation and loneliness, and we seek to be active in the world, as people of faith, to bring about justice for all people.
THEREFORE: We, the members of Parkview Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, are an inclusive and affirming congregation and welcome all persons unconditionally as full members of our fellowship.
The members of Parkview Congregational Church do not wish to discriminate against any person, whatever his or her status in life (race, ethnic identity, age, gender, sexual orientation, economic circumstances, physical and mental ability or impairment, theological perspective) might be.
Together we will struggle with the issues of life. We will listen to each other, learn from each other, and provide trust, understanding, support, and the love each of us needs to sustain us, as we journey together through life.
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Parkview's Progressive Christianity Covenant
Then Peter began to speak to them: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable." (Acts 10:34-35)
WHEREAS, we believe that faith is a living relationship, and that life is a journey, and WHEREAS, we believe that doctrines, creeds and catechisms are created by human beings in faithful response to God's activity; and that such declarations may, from time to time, need to be revised in response to God's continuing revelation and our continuing faithful discipleship, and WHEREAS, we believe that only God can judge the acceptability of a religion, and it is not appropriate for us to attempt to make other people conform to ours,
THEREFORE, we, the members of Parkview Church, United Church of Christ, affirm these Eight Points of Progressive Christianity:
Progressive Christians are believers who:
1. Have found an approach to God through the life and teachings of Jesus
2. Recognize the faithfulness of other people who have other names for the way to God's realm, and acknowledge that their ways are true for them, as our ways are true for us.
3. Understand the sharing of bread and wine in Jesus' name to be a representation of an ancient vision of God's feast for all people.
4. Invite all people to participate in our community and worship life without insisting that they become like us in order to be acceptable (including but not limited to): believers and agnostics, conventional Christians and questioning skeptics, women and men, those of all sexual orientations and gender identities, those of all races and cultures, those of all classes and abilities, those who hope for a better world and those who have lost hope
5. Know that the way we behave toward one another and toward other people is the fullest expression of what we believe.
6. Find more grace in the search for understanding than we do in dogmatic certainty - more value in questioning than in absolutes.
7. Form ourselves into communities dedicated to equipping one another for the work we feel called to do: striving for peace and justice among all people, protecting and restoring the integrity of all God's creation, and bringing hope to those Jesus called the least of his sisters and brothers; and
8. Recognize that being followers of Jesus is costly, and entails selfless love, conscientious resistance to evil, and renunciation of privilege.
Parkview's Vision Statement
Living as a whole people of God, Parkview Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, serves as a vital growing force for life, hope, love and reconciliation within our fellowship and the larger community. Inspired by God's love and guidance, we express our faith through worship, prayer, education, mission, and fellowship. May God inspire each of us to follow this vision!
Parkview's Organizing Covenant
Having freely united in the fellowship of Christ's Church, and acknowledging our need for the continuing guidance of the Holy Spirit;
we covenant with God and one another,
binding ourselves in the promise, whatsoever it may cost us,
to conduct our lives according to the precepts revealed in the Holy Scriptures, entering into Christ's mission, sharing in the worship of our Lord, and striving to make God's will dominant in the lives of all people.