Church Faith and Covenant
We are currently reviewing our Church Covenant and committed a recent meeting to discussing what it might mean to be able to stand secure in our faith as Christians all the while reaching out in respect and compassion to people of other faiths. Rev. Larry Crockett suggested we put it in these words, saying our GCC faith and covenant is:
An active seeking through the Spirit of God of what God is calling us to do and say today in the context of an open, welcoming, and diverse congregation which listens to and respects all the spiritual journeys, beliefs, and questions of its members.
We welcome your thoughts and suggestions!
Church Vision (written 1997)
We seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit; to love one another; to listen respectfully to each other; to be forgiving and kind; to respect diversity; to be down to earth and unpretentious as we strive to live out our faith and our Covenant.
Open and Affirming Agreement (May, 2003)
The Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ, acknowledges that those who have become members and those who actively participate in the church community share a variety of beliefs, yet remain joined in Christian love and respect.
The Guilford Community Church is open to all. It affirms the spirit of God found in those who seek fellowship, comfort, and guidance here whatever their age, race, gender, ethnicity, education, disability, sexual orientation, financial situation, national origin, or any other circumstance that has historically been a barrier to a full life, participation, membership, mission, work, and ministry in the United Church of Christ. We embrace those brothers and sisters as equal partners in the Body of Christ with full access to every opportunity to serve God.
The pastor is confirmed in the discretion, after proper counseling of the couples, to perform weddings and civil unions at the Guilford Community Church.