1. "That they may all be one." --John 17:21
These words recorded in the Gospel of John are part of Jesus' prayer for future believers and are motto of the United Church of Christ. We are a uniting church as well as a united church.
2. "In essentials unity, in non-essentials diversity, in all things charity."
The unity that we seek requires neither an uncritical acceptance of any point of view, nor rigid formulation of doctrine. It does require mutual understanding and agreement as to which aspects of the Christian faith and life are essential.
3. The unity of the church is not of its own making.
True unity is a gift of God. In the Church, the common thread and bond for unity is a genuine, mutual love rooted in Christ.
4. Testimonies of faith rather than tests of faith.
Because faith can be expressed in many different ways, the United Church of Christ has no formula that is a test of faith.
5. "There is yet more light and truth to break forth from God’s holy word."
We recognize that the Bible, though written in specific historical times and places, still speaks to us in our present condition.
6. The Priesthood of All Believers.
All members of the United Church of Christ are called to minister to others and to participate as equals in the common worship of God, each with direct access to the mercies of God through personal prayer and devotion.
7. Responsible Freedom.
As individual members of the Body of Christ, we are free to believe and act in accordance with our perception of God’s will for our lives. But we are called to live in a loving, covenantal relationship with one another—gathering in communities of faith, congregations of believers, local churches.
We recognize our calling both as individuals and as the church to live in the world:
To proclaim in word and action the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
To work for reconciliation and the unity of the broken Body of Christ.
To seek justice and liberation for all.
This is the joy and challenge of the United Church of Christ of which Peace Memorial Church belongs.