We are part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). To be part of the Disciples, you only have to believe one thing: that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the Living God, and Lord and Savior of the world. This statement is both a blessing and a challenge; while we do not make formal creeds or confessions a condition of membership, we take seriously a commit to reading scripture, thinking theologically, and growing in our faith.
Since our beginning, we have celebrated the practices of the early church. Each time we worship, we partake in Communion through which we are made into the one body of Christ. We practice baptism by immersion as a sign of God's all-consuming love.
The church began as a movement for Christian Unity on the American frontier in the early 1800's. A group of Presbyterians in Pennsylvania looked out on the growing denominational divisions of Christianity in the United States and came to believe that it was wrong that Christians couldn't take communion together. In Kentucky, another group of Presbyterians, objected to the use of creeds as conditions of coming to the Lord's Table. These movements eventually combined to focus on two core values that are still important to our church today: the pursuit of Christian unity and partnership between the denominations, and the honoring of Christian practices that began in the earliest days of the church.
Today, we Disciples of Christ continue to be a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord's Table as God has welcomed us. We take it as our mission to be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps "to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). By doing this, we hope to be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and passion for justice that lives into the words of Micah, "to do justice, to embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with our God" (Micah 6:8, CEB).
If you'd like to learn more about the Disciples, please visit our denomination's website at www.disciples.org.