Grace is a member of the United Church of Christ – a denomination of 5,600 churches and 1.2 million members. We are people of God’s extravagant welcome, who listen for the Stillspeaking God and insist that ‘Jesus didn’t turn people away. Neither do we’.
We speak in contemporary ways, because we affirm the responsiblility of the church in each generation to make this faith its own in reality of worship, in honesty of thought and expression, and in purity of heart before God.
We are not a perfect church, but we do try to be faithful. We are known for arriving early on issues of inclusivity and justice. We were the first to ordain an African-American pastor (1785), a woman (1853), an openly gay person (1972), and the first to affirm same-gender marriage equality (2005). We believe faith requires tenderness and courage, a kind of big love that is committed to changing peoples lives – in our churches, but also in the world around us. We call it religion with relevance.
Our worship services are joyful and full of praise. We believe “when the praises go up, the blessings come down”.
Why not give us a try?