The United Church of Christ Statement of Mission
The UCC Statement of Mission, was drafted in 1987 by a churchwide conference on mission in Houston, Texas. Representatives from all communities in the church — including evangelicals, liberals, and others — tried to find common ground with regard to faith and viewpoints held by the church. The statement was affirmed by General Synod XVI later that same year.
As members of the United Church of Christ, affirming our statement of faith, we seek within the Church Universal to participate in God’s mission and to follow the way of the crucified and risen Christ.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are called and commit ourselves:
- To praise God, confess our sin, and joyfully accept God’s forgiveness;
- To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our suffering world;
- To embody God’s Love for all people;
- To hear and give voice to creation’s cry for justice and peace;
- To name and confront the powers of evil within and among us;
- To repent our silence and complicity with the forces of chaos/death;
- To preach and teach with the power of the living Word;
- To join oppressed and troubled people in the struggle for liberation;
- To work for justice, healing, and wholeness of life;
- To embrace the unity of Christ’s church;
- To discern and celebrate the present and coming reign of God.