Pastor Barbara Lohrbach
 
1045 West River Street
Kankakee, IL 60901
(815) 932-3336
stjohnkan@gmail.com

Welcome to the UCC

Welcome to the United Church of Christ - a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The UCC was founded in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions: from the beginning of our history, we were a church that affirmed the ideal that Christians did not always have to agree to live together in communion.

Our motto "that they may all be one" is Jesus' prayer for the unity of the church. The UCC is one of the most diverse Christian churches in the United States.

Statement of Faith

We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God, and to your deeds we testify:

You call the worlds into being, create persons in your own image,and set before each one the ways of life and death.

You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

You judge people and nations by your righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.

In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior, you have come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to yourself.

You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.

You call us into your church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be your servants in the service of others, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil,to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.

You promise to all who trust you forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, your presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in your realm which has no end.

Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you.

Amen.

The video below has national leaders of the UCC. They highlight the church and its values. (4 minutes)
Clicking on the "X" in the lower right corner, plays this video in fullscreen mode. Pressing ESC on the keyboad, exits fullscreen mode and returns to this page.

 


 

UCC Beliefs - Testimonies, not tests of the faith

The United Church of Christ embraces a theological heritage that affirms the Bible as the authoritative witness to the Word of God, the creeds of the ecumenical councils, and the confessions of the Reformation. The UCC has roots in the "covenantal" tradition - meaning there is no centralized authority or hierarchy that can impose any doctrine or form of worship on its members.

Christ alone is Head of the church. We seek a balance between freedom of conscience and accountability to the apostolic faith. The UCC therefore receives the historic creeds and confessions of our ancestors as testimonies, but not tests of the faith.


Other UCC Movies

The UCC has big selection of interesting movies. Clicking on the image below will take you to a page on the national UCC site.

When you are done exploring the available videos, you can return to this page by using the back arrow on the upper left of your browser.

 

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