We are a progressive Christian gathering, serving God and humanity by sharing God’s good news, embodying Christ’s loving acceptance and working together for social and environmental wholeness.
San Carlos Community Church
Using Silicon Valley terminology, we are Community Church 3.0. Community Church 3.0 because we are in our third iteration of our faith presence in San Carlos – the first being 90+ years ago as the first protestant church in our city, the second in the 50s when we grew to absorb the many families moving to our city as it grew, and now, having recently built a new church sanctuary, community center and parsonage, we’re actively revisioning our worship and ministry to better reflect our 21st century world.
We are also Community Church 3.0 because we are a blended congregation of three churches worshipping together as one.
A place that’s safe and welcoming to the diverse community that is the “Peninsula”.
A place where progressive theology is seen and felt in our worship and in our service to the community.
A place to be present for those who are seeking comfort, spiritual development, and to spend time for self-reflection and renewal.
A place that contributes to the spiritual well-being of singles, families, neighbors and friends in our community.
We are an open and affirming congregation valuing everyone’s race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, class, physical and mental ability. God’s love knows no bound.
Learn more about the three churches that worship together.
STATEMENTS OF FAITH
Community United Church of Christ in San Carlos accepts and embraces a variety of denominational statement of faith and philosophy ranging from the historical and poetic to the modern. The following represents a small sample. Feel free to visit UCC.org
Community United Church of Christ of San Carlos, Statement of Faith
“Community United Church of Christ is a progressive Christian gathering, serving God and humanity by sharing God’s good news, embodying Christ’s loving acceptance and working together for social and environmental wholeness.”
“We are an open and affirming congregation valuing everyone’s race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, class, physical and mental ability. God’s love knows no bound.”
The United Church of Christ embraces a theological heritage that affirms the Bible as the authoritative witness to the Word of God, the creeds of the ecumenical councils, and the confessions of the Reformation. The UCC has roots in the “covenantal tradition” meaning there is no centralized authority or hierarchy that can impose any doctrine or form of worship on its members. Christ alone is Head of the church. We seek a balance between freedom of conscience and accountability to the apostolic faith. The UCC therefore receives the historic creeds and confessions of our ancestors as testimonies, but not tests of the faith. Here is one of those testimonies:
Conversations with our Wider Community: Reflections from our Church members
“Why I go to church is a purely selfish act”: it’s “me time”, a time for self-reflection, inspiration and renewal”
“I don’t want to go someplace where I’m judged for what I do or do not do. I am accepted here with all of my imperfections”
“Sunday service is comfortable AND comforting”
“Bible stories are great human stories. The nuance and context are still as relevant today as they were then”
“Our community presence is much more than just as a church. We are the spiritual center for progressive thinkers and doers in San Carlos”
“Wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here”
“Never put a period where God has put a comma”