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What We Believe

 Church of the Good Shepherd is a Just Peace church, believing that true peace requires justice for all, and an Open and Affirming congregation, which does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, nationality,ethnicity, economic class, marital status, or physical or psychological differences.  We are also a Whole Earth church, committed to living in harmony with the earth as advocates for the integrity of care of God's Creation; a Global Missions church, committed to showing God's love and care through action for others in the world; and a W.I.S.E. congregation, welcoming, inclusive, supportive and engaged for mental health.

Just Peace

 

Just Peace is grounded in UCC polity and covenantal theology, the Just Peace  Pronouncement and resulting church movement has at its core a call to alleviate systemic injustice  of all kinds using non-violence, challenging us to explore the intersections between peace and justice, offering to the world the prophetic message, grounded in the hope of reconciliation in Jesus, that "Peace is peace is possible!".  To find  how the United Church of Christ implements its committment to Just Peace. For more information click on this link: https://ucc.org/justice_just-peace

 

 

 

 

 

Whole Earth

 

As we learn in the opening pages of Genesis, our first calling as people of faith is to care to for God's creation.  Whether it taking on the climate climate crises or addressing the lead poisoning of children, environmental justice ministries could not have a higher purpose or calling than they do now. Since becoming a Whole Earth congregation, Church of the Good Shepherd has seen the United Church of Christ (UCC) continue to evolve. This evolution has led the UCC to change "Whole Earth" to "Environ-mental Justice," and now "Creation Justice". To learn more about what Creation Justice means, check out the UCC website at https://www.ucc.org/what_is _creation_justice_and _why_does_it_rock ,

 

 

 

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Open and Affirming

 

Open and Affirming is the way many in the United Church of Christ (UCC) declare welcome and inclusion of gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT), same gender loving people (SGL) persons into the full life and ministry of the church. The message of love and compassion, justice and peace are at the core of the life of the life and ministry of Jesus.

Open and Affirming (ONA) ministries and resources are rooted in that Gospel message. The testimonies of these minitries proclaim the truth of God's power to transformcultures of hate and violence into communities of healing and reconciliation. They give witness to God's continuing testament and how the gifts of God are being liberated for service in the world. Click here to see how the UCC is open and affirming: https://ucc.org/lgbt . 

 

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Global Missions

 

 A Global Missions covenant means we have a vision for a ministrythat embraces the whole creation, connect ourselves internationally through many means, including education, prayer, and financial support, and this connection is done in every aspect of congregational life. We support global missions, and explore the theology behind global missions, partly by maintain contract with global partners.  We are well-informed of mission and carry it out in our living.  We're committed to learning, supporting, and becoming involved in wider mission programs and projects.  To find out more about the United Church of Christ and Global Missions, visit https:/https://globalministries.org/

 

 

 

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W.I.S.E.

 

Through this message has carried through for quite some time at the Church of the Good Shepherd, we have finally started the process of adopting this new covenant. The W.I.S.E. (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged) Congregation for Mental Health Resolution was adopted at the 2015 United Church of Christ General Synod to encourage congregations to become more welcoming to individuals and families living with mental health challenges, brain disorders and substance use disorders. We are currently taking steps to officially adopt this covenant.