What we believe. . .
At Peace UCC, we believe in God’s continuing testament. Which is to say that we don’t believe God stopped speaking to people after the Bible. Rather, we are committed to hearing God’s ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today as we encounter new situations, technology, and questions. We try to remain attentive to God’s creative movement in the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and your heart are both welcomed into our places of worship! We prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and the future of the church and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking. Why? Because God is still speaking!
To express our firm belief in a “still-speaking” God, we often-times use the symbol of a comma, inspired by the Gracie Allen quote, “Never place a period where God has placed a comma.” As our banner declares, this is another way for us to proclaim that “our faith is over 2,000 years old, but our thinking is not!” The comma invites us to believe that God speaks to us not only through the Bible, but also through other people, nature, music, art, a theorem, and in so many other ways. It is also an expression of the unusual religious freedom and responsibility with which we encourage people to engage the Bible–that is, with freedom and encouragement to bring one’s own unique experiences, questions, doubts, and ideas because we don’t believe in forcing uniformity of expression in dogmatic beliefs. At Peace UCC, you will find a community that cherishes our rich religious past, yet balances it with an openness to the new ideas, new people, and new possibilities for the future!