A "Just Peace" Church
The First United Church of Christ in Rising Sun, Indiana has long been identified as a "Just Peace" Church. This vision is a hallmark of the United Church of Christ theological identity. For 30 years, the Just Peace Church pronouncement has inspired a grassroots movement of UCC congregations committed to corporately naming and boldly proclaiming a public identity as a justice-doing, peace-seeking church. The Just Peace pronouncement articulated the UCC position on war and peace distinct from other approaches such as crusade, pacifism, or “just war.” Grounded in UCC polity and covenantal theology, the position focuses attention on alleviating systemic injustice of all types using non-violence and calls us to offer the message, grounded in the hope of reconciliation in Jesus, that “Peace is possible.” Please take a few moments to provide some input on how we can address local issues of social justice by taking this short survey by going to our Facebook page and giving us your opinion.
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First United Church of Christ.
Statement of Purpose
Celebrating God's love, First United Church of Christ
proclaims that "Christ is our peace, who has made us... one, and has broken down with dividing walls
of hostility" (Ephesians 2:14).
With Christ as our head, we proclaim ourselves to be a church whose
members embody a Christ fully engaged in human events as the fulfillment of
God's purpose to befriend all people. Led
by the Spirit, we as the United Church of Christ in Rising Sun, Indiana address those
powers that work to destroy the human community.
As we are bound to together as friends of God to work as agents in history for the element of things that work for peace including: being in the mission of proclaiming the Good News to those to those who have not heard or seen it; inviting others to experience the Good News as we encounter and proclaim it; taking seriously the Good News having been and becoming real in our own lives by alleviating the suffering of the poor and rejected; and striving to be a place of hospitality welcoming all people as children of God. With these purposes in mind we seek to be a Church actively pursuing peace in all our relationships.
What We Believe
The United Church of Christ Statement of Faith, the United Church of Christ Statement of Mission, and the First United Church of Christ Statement of Purpose are our guidelines of faith and mission.
The sacraments that unite us as a Congregation and are the
expressions of our faith are Baptism and Communion. Baptism is our acceptance into the community
of faith. God does the accepting, we are
participants. Therefore, there is but
one baptism in the life of the faithful.
Our celebration of Communion again shows God's control in the life of
the Congregation. God, who destroys the
"dividing walls", offers this meal as participation in Christ's life
and ministry realizing peace in our relationships.
Because the inclusiveness of Christ's table is a key emphasis in the sacrament of communion, we celebrate Christ's communion with an open table offered to all without restriction. We believe Christ's open table includes our children who worship with us. Realizing that there has been a long heritage in our Congregation prohibiting pre-confirmation children from receiving the sacrament of communion, we believe that in the freedom of parents to decide when their child shall receive Christ's communion that is offered without restriction. We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.
We welcome YOU, wherever you are on life's journey, as a friend and brother or sister in Christ.