a welcoming and open community
inclusive beliefs and progressive values
on a journey
of compassion and justice.
We are a welcoming, open and affirming Christian community so full of the Spirit that love and excitement spill out and are irresistible to all who experience them.
As Christian seekers it is our practice to pray every day, to study some portion of the Scriptures each day, seeking in grace and praise to discover God’s will for our own lives on a daily basis. As part of our discipleship, we also work to increase our love for one another. We move earnestly toward tithing to “our” church, that the Kingdom may increase its resources. For the same reason we try to tithe our time and our conversation. Finally, we hope that our faith and love and discipline will increase until they flow beyond our fellowship and become a blessing to others.
The flow of these blessings often manifests in the form of service to our church and the greater community. Additionally our hope is to provide a nurturing environment in which all can feel safe and encouraged to share openly of their spiritual journeys, and all are mutually supportive and respectful of the differences. We gather regularly in study groups or prayer groups to be together, learn to trust one another, and over time become people who are personally committed to one another in Christ, thus strengthening the Body of Christ.
The result is a liberal approach to mainstream Christianity, in which all can flourish as we seek individually and together.
Our Values: Open & Affirming
WELCOME to the Congregational Church on Mercer Island (CCMI) United Church of Christ!
We embrace God's First Commandment to "love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbors as we love ourselves." Therefore, we, the members of CCMI, joyfully proclaim that we are unequivocally open to and affirming of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people into the worship, leadership and life of our congregation.
We seek to be an inclusive and respectful community for persons of every race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, family structure, faith background, physical or mental ability, religious opinion, social opinion, and economic circumstance. We affirm the dignity and worth of every person, and declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming congregation who follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.
We strive to respond to the needs of our community and world with practical deeds of love. We welcome individuals and families of every configuration into the full life and ministry of this church. We commit ourselves to continue exploring and living out what it means to be Open and Affirming in an ever changing world. Join us in our faith journey!