COMMUNITY IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
If you’re searching for a community of faith, if you’re hungry for a spiritual practice, if you’re anxious for the world and eager to build a better one–we welcome you to the Community Church of Durham. The COVID-19 outbreak has changed just about everything about our ways of life–but our church keeps faith and moves forward and integrates deep spirit, daring activism and Christian values. We’re committed to the fullest and most radical kinds of inclusion and compassion; and we welcome your energies, your questions, your unique perspectives on anything and everything. You’re welcome here; but more than that, you’ll be cherished here!
We are indeed a progressive United Church of Christ community and our history is rich and complex. It dates back to the colonial period; we were one of the many congregational churches that so quickly came to dot the New England landscape. Over the centuries, as new challenges and opportunities arose, our congregation has sought to engage with the times, while being committed to its Christian heritage. That continues today–especially today–as we respond in love, creativity and action to the public health crisis among us.
In worship and witness, we celebrate the inclusive nature of the gospel and Jesus’ call to welcome, love and serve others. We value a reflective and courageous faith, grounded in the rich traditions of our past, while being informed by the intellectual, political, and social dynamics of our times. Through worship, education and responsible stewardship, we seek to model a community of hospitality that engages hearts, hands and minds in the pursuit of justice, peace and wholeness for all creation. In keeping with the language and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we seek to be a Beloved Community: daring in spirit, bold in action, humble in faith.
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OPEN AND AFFIRMING
Committed to the call of God in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, and guided by our covenant, the Community Church of Durham declares itself to be an Open and Affirming congregation. We embrace, affirm and celebrate the diversity of the human family. We welcome persons of every race, ethnicity, social and economic status, age, ability, gender identity and sexual orientation in our common purpose to discern and live according to the will of God. We honor human relationships that are based on love, responsibility, mutual respect, trust and fidelity. We believe that attitudes and acts of injustice, discrimination and violence work against the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we accept God’s call to work to overcome these attitudes in ourselves and others. We offer all sacraments and rites to all who enter our circle of faith, and extend all responsibilities and privileges to those who choose covenant membership. We are secure in the knowledge that God’s love is for everyone, and we invite all persons to join in the full life and ministry of this church.
Together we seek to be a community that is…
Grounded in Faith – To infuse everything we do with opportunities to explore and experience the Sacred and develop a deeper relationship with God that guides and sustains us in every part of our lives.
Filled With Compassion – To provide a friendly, welcoming and inclusive community where people know they are valued and cared for and where they experience forgiveness and affirmation from God and one another.
Inspired and Committed to Action in the Broader Community – Following in Jesus’ footsteps, we will actively reach out to prevent and ease suffering in the broader community and to heal and sustain the world that God has created.
Alive and Relevant in A Rapidly Changing World – To be a healthy, vibrant, sustainable community of faith that is deeply relevant in today’s world.