Immanuel Union Church was established in 1893 as Christian in doctrine and Congregational in government to meet the needs of the local developing Westerleigh community. In 1962 we joined the United Church of Christ. It was noted that independent and individual churches had less national and global influence than one united denomination speaking and acting together in faith. Its purpose was and is: to proclaim in word and action the Gospel of Jesus Christ; to establish ecumenical relations; to seek justice and peace for all. Its original motto comes from John17 verse 21, "That they may all be one" and all are welcomed and invited to participate in the Lord's Supper. Full communion is encouraged and maintained with other Protestant denominations. Individual congregations remain autonomous and independent in matters of operation and ministry but guidance from the General Synod is respected and held in highest regard.
The UCC is always moving forward; tying faith to social justice, shaping cutting edge theology and serving an ever-changing world. It affirms that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, and honors the faith of the historic church as expressed in the ancient creeds and reaffirmed by the Protestant reformers.
The UCC is theologically liberal and notes that, "The Bible, though written in specific historical times and places, still speaks to us in our present condition". Thus, its newest motto is "God is still speaking,". Official literature uses inclusive language but retains historical Christian doctrine. Freedom of individual conscience, with guidance from the Holy Spirit, is emphasized.
For more information and a full Statement of Faith please visit www.ucc.org