At the United Christian Parish, we have core beliefs that bind us together. We believe in God the Creator, whose love is made known to us in Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit who inspires us to action - serving all in our community, the nation and the world.
...with a variety of views
At the same time, we embrace a wide variety of views that recognize, accept and celebrate the unique and diverse perspectives that we each have. We believe that a multi-denominational approach is a real-world example of how people from diverse backgrounds and experiences can come together to build and grow something bigger and stronger than the sum of its parts.
UCP joins four Christian traditions: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Presbyterian (USA), United Church of Christ and United Methodist. The pastors represent various parishioners are members of all four denominations and come from a wide range of faith backgrounds. Four denominational parents provide us with a wealth of resources to share the Gospel.
Guests and members come from a variety of faith backgrounds. You do not have to be familiar with one of the four denominations to feel comfortable.
Get to know the denominations and their histories with some fun facts:
- These Days, one of the daily devotional periodicals available at UCP, is “published especially for” the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ and related churches in the US and Canada.
- The United Church of Canada (plus Bermuda) shares heritage with UCP. It was created in 1925 as a merger of the Methodist Church, Canada; two thirds of the Presbyterian Church in Canada; and the Congregational Union of Ontario and Quebec. The Evangelical United Brethren Church joined in 1968, the year the EUB’s joined with the Methodist Church in the U.S. to become The United Methodist Church.
- The Methodist Church became The United Methodist Church in 1968 when the Evangelical United Brethren Church and Methodist Church united. Each had distinguished histories and influential ministries in various parts of the world. Traditions steeped in the Protestant Reformation and Wesleyanism, similar ecclesiastical structures, and relationships that dated back almost two hundred years facilitated the union.
- Congregationalists (UCC) were among the first Americans to take a stand against slavery. The Rev. Samuel Sewall wrote the first anti-slavery pamphlet in America, The Selling of Joseph (1700). Sewall laid the foundation for the abolitionist movement that came more than a century later.
- Methodism is known for its rich musical tradition. Charles Wesley, younger brother of the church founder John Wesley, made his own contribution as “the poet laureate and great writer of Methodism” writing some 6,000 hymns. Many other eminent hymn writers come from the Methodist tradition.