Bethany United Church of Christ
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Embracing The Community

What does the comma mean?

 
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The comma is the symbol of our belief that "God Is Still Speaking."
 
It has become a symbol used to demonstrate the hospitality and openness offered by thousands of UCC congregations throughout the country.
 
The symbol was inspired by legendary actor and singer Gracie Allen (1895-1964) who said, "Never place a period where God has placed a comma." God has spoken, but God is still speaking.
 
The comma connects us through the centuries to the words of John Robinson, one of the UCC's ancestors in faith, who told the Pilgrims before they embarked on their journey across the sea that God "hath yet more truth and light to break forth from his holy Word."   We share John Robinson's hope for the Pilgrims.
 
We hope to be a church that does not shut, but opens doors to the spirit.
 
 

What does "GOD IS STILL SPEAKING" mean?

 

In 2004, the UCC started a campaign of extravagent welcome and radical hospitality to proclaim to the world that anyone could find a home in the United Church of Christ.

"No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here."

The United Church of Christ continues to balance religious tradition with new ideas for religion that are relevant.

Together under one collective identity, we enthusiastically support and proudly lift up that
the UCC is a welcoming, justice-minded Christian community.
 
At a time when religion is too often portrayed as narrow-minded and exclusive,
many are raising their voices for an alternative vision:
  
where God is all-loving and inclusive
where a church welcomes and accepts everyone as they are
where your mind is nourished as much as your soul
where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary
where together we grow a just and peaceful world
 
 One of the defining characteristics of the UCC is that
we join in community by testimonials, not tests, of faith.
Your beliefs, your understanding of God and Jesus and church
are uniquely yours, as you seek and explore
alongside others in community.