What We Believe

As individual members of the church, we are free to believe and act in accordance with our perception of God’s will for our lives. We are also called to live in loving covenantal relationship with one another – gathering in communities of faith, congregations of believers, and local churches. We invite you to worship and explore your faith with us in an environment open to questions and supported by our rich Christian heritage.


No matter who you are or where are on life’s journey, you will be greeted with an extravagant welcome at Mission Hills UCC! We are an Open and Affirming church where all are invited to discover God’s love regardless of race, socioeconomic class, gender, gender identity, physical ability, or sexual orientation.

MHUCC:  Proud to be an Open and Affirming Church since 2006

Who are we?

We are a Christian church without strict 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.

Through worship and study, we look to the Bible – interpreted by the Holy Spirit through reason, faith, and conscience – for guidance in matters of faith.  And hold classes to help us “re-think” our faith.

As members of the United Church of Christ (UCC), we acknowledge Jesus Christ, son of God, as the head of the Church.  We affirm the UCC Statement of Faith and use the guiding principles of progressive Christians to proclaim and, more importantly, live our beliefs.

Our worship is fresh, our prayers intentional, and our fellowship is real.  Plus, we believe in putting our Faith in Action. We:

  • distribute free fresh produce every month in our parking lot, Feeding Mission Hills,
  • keep an apartment for women and children fleeing domestic violence, El Nido,
  • build a home in Tijuana every year, Casas de Luz,
  • provide a meal for youth living in a shelter once a month, Storefront, plus,
  • support numerous other groups working with unhoused people and such causes as immigration and climate change through our monthly mission partner program.

We are a child-inclusive congregation. Children are welcome and encouraged to participate in the leadership of worship.  In addition to a traditional Sunday School and youth group, we hold many events to encourage learning and relationships among All Generations.

We are a multi-generational, multi-racial, and “Open and Affirming” congregation – which means we specifically welcome LGBTQ persons along with everyone else.

We pray you will find this a safe place to learn, to question, and to grow, and that you will feel your varying theological and ideological perspectives are welcome too.

Guiding Principles

How We Are Governed