Broadmoor Community Church, UCC is a member church of the United Church of Christ (UCC). We share with other UCC congregations an extravagantly inclusive faith perspective. Jesus didn’t draw a line between people who are in and people who are out, and neither do we. We believe that God loves everyone, just as they are, and as they are becoming.
While some of us were raised UCC, the majority of us were raised in other traditions: Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, Presbyterian, evangelical, fundamentalist, even Jewish and Muslim. This makes for an interesting mix! All of us bring our questions, our doubts, our beliefs, our criticism, our willingness to both ask questions and lean into faith in order to make our lives, and the world, a better place.
We take the Bible seriously but not literally. We are supportive of other religious traditions, understanding that there are many paths to God and that no one has a monopoly on God’s truth. God’s revelation is ongoing. We recognize that the Bible, although written in specific historical times and places, still speaks to us in our present condition. Study of the scriptures is not limited by past interpretations. Our experiences help us break scripture open again and again in new ways.
We are advocates for causes like an end to poverty, fair immigration policy, and a clean planet because of what the Bible says. We are proud of our UCC ancestors, a church of "firsts" :
- The first Protestant denomination to ordain an African-American in 1785
- The first to ordain a woman, in 1853.
- The first to ordain an openly gay man in 1972.
The UCC was created in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions. From the beginning of our history, we have affirmed that Christians did not always have to agree to live together in community. Our motto — “that they may all be one” — is Jesus’ prayer for the unity of the church. Broadmoor UCC is not a unanimous church; but we come together in unity. There are issues around which faithful Christians disagree, and we seek to engage in respectful dialogue to uncover what God’s truth might be.
At Broadmoor Community Church, UCC, we won’t ask you to believe something that is obviously untrue. We invite you to bring your whole mind to church, as well as your body, heart, and spirit. We love how science can inform faith, and the other way around.
STATEMENT OF FAITH (a testimony not a test 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 way 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.