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Church Polity

Mission Hills' Polity

Mission Hills United Church of Christ acknowledges Jesus Christ as its head and finds its guidance in matters of faith and discipline in the Holy Scriptures, interpreted by the Holy Spirit through reason, faith and conscience.

The government of this Church is vested in its members, who exercise the right of control in all its affairs, subject in legal matters to the provisions of its Articles of Incorporation of 1974 and its current By-laws.

The administration of this Church is through its officers, Church Council, appointed Commissions and Committees and other Church organizations. While this Church is amenable to no ecclesiastical authority, it accepts the obligations of mutual counsel, comity and cooperation in the free fellowship of the United Church of Christ, the Southern Association of the Southern California - Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ. It pledges itself to share in their common aims and work.

UCC Polity

As individual members, we are free to believe and act in accordance with our perception of God’s will for our lives. But we are called to live in loving covenantal relationship with one another – gathering in communities of faith, congregations of believers, and local churches.

Each congregation or local church is free to act in accordance with the collective decisions of its members, guided by the working of the Spirit in the light of the Scriptures. But it is also called to live in covenantal relationship with other congregations sharing of insights and for cooperative action.

Read more about United Church of Christ beliefs here.

UCC Statement of Faith

in the form of a doxology

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 ways 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.

Amen.

About the UCC Statement of Faith

What is a Progressive Church?

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a progressive, inclusive protestant denomination that celebrates diversity and community action. UCC churches seek to unite people from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds. Our churches and ministries are active worldwide, working in communities to promote social justice and better living standards.

MHUCC is a church without dogma, where people are free to explore and deepen their faith in an environment open to questioning, within the richness of our strong Christian heritage.

Principles of a Progressive Church

  1. Proclaim Jesus Christ as our gate to the realm of God;
  2. Recognize the faithfulness of other people who have other names for the gateway to God’s realm;
  3. Understand our sharing of bread and wine in Jesus’ name to be a representation of God’s feast for all peoples;
  4. Invite all people to join in our worship and in our common life as full partners, including (but not limited to):
    • Believers and agnostics
    • Conventional Christians and questioning skeptics
    • Homosexuals and heterosexuals
    • Males and females
    • Those of all races and cultures
    • Those of all classes and abilities
    • the despairing and the hopeful
  5. Think that the way we treat one another and other people is more important than the way we express our beliefs;
  6. Find more grace in the search for meaning than in absolute certainly, in the questions than in the answers;
  7. See ourselves as a spiritual community in which we discover the resources required for our work in the world: striving for justice and peace among all people, bringing hope to those Jesus called the least of his sisters and brothers;
  8. Recognize that our faith entails costly discipleship, renunciation of privilege, and conscientious resistance to evil – as has always been the tradition of the church.