Meriden Congregational Church is Called:
To be a compassionate community
Believing that we are charged to act on God’s mission, we seek to become the Creator’s hands and heart in this world. We strive to be God’s welcoming love in an all-encompassing community, believing that from our own privilege comes much responsibility. We support and encourage each other along our journeys of faith and life.
To be intentionally inclusive
We seek to trust in the uniqueness and diversity of God’s people, believing Grace is infinite and offered freely to all. Trusting that the paths of faithfulness are many, we invite, welcome, and embrace all people of God’s kin-dom. We strive to love and support each other in our differentness, as we meet God’s family face to face.
To be openly searching
We are purposeful in our search for God and God’s wisdom for us. As progressive seekers on a lifelong spiritual journey, we find more grace in the questions than in dogmatic answers, more faith in our search than in human-conceived answers. We encourage open questioning as we strive to educate children, youth, and adults. We embrace the Bible as the stories of the faith journeys of the ancient Hebrews and the early Christians, as we affirm our conviction that “God is still speaking!” We believe that our lifelong journeys are as varied as the ways of learning, and that our walk together strengthens our relationship with God, each other, and our world.
To serve others joyfully
We believe that the abundance of God’s grace is exciting, liberating, inviting, and life-changing. Opportunities to bring kindness are many and as God’s people in this world, we are expected to seize them enthusiastically. We join the generations who came before us to continue the circle of service to all people, as joyful stewards of God’s wondrous creation.
To promote God’s justice and peace
We embrace our calling to help bring God’s justice and peace to our world. God seeks justice and peace for all creation. God is especially keen on justice for those without resources, without privilege, without voice. Where injustice and violence oppress and divide, we will work toward liberation and reconciliation.
To support God’s work cheerfully
From the abundance of our blessings, we accept our responsibility to support God’s purpose in our world. We give generously of our time, our talents and energy, and our resources to support our local faith community and God’s broader work in the world beyond our doors.
To follow in the way of Christ
We claim our voice as a Christian community, welcoming the challenges and opportunities as we approach God through the life and teachings of Jesus. Together we seek to imitate Jesus’ non-violent resistance to evil and compassionate treatment toward those often marginalized and excluded throughout our world. We covenant with each other to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.