Beliefs and Values

Our Mission Statement

[From the Bylaws of the First Congregational Church UCC, North Adams, Massachusetts]

We are an open and affirmative community seeking to grow into Christ’s common life of love and service to the world.

We covenant to:

  • Grow in love of God with heart and mind.
  • Deepen our prayer with energy and faithfulness.
  • Widen our embrace in Christ’s name as we walk humbly in His way.
  • Engage in ministries of justice and love as we seek God’s peace for ourselves, our church, our community, and the world.

Our Practices

  • We worship together.
  • We study and learn together.
  • We engage in good works.
  • We gather together in friendship.
  • We support the ministry of the church.
  • We embrace the joys and challenges of following Christ and His teachings.

Our Beliefs

  • We believe in the United Church of Christ’s Statement of Faith.
  • We believe we are saved by the grace of God.
  • We take the Bible very seriously, but we do not take it literally. It is God’s own holy word passed down to us through human beings.
  • We celebrate reason and science, and we believe that faith and science are compatible.
  • We believe that our ministers do not speak for us but bear witness to us. We are all ministers.