Our Beliefs

What We Believe

Ft. Myers Congregational UCC is a church that welcomes all people who are seeking a deeper relationship with God, a life patterned on the life of Jesus, an opportunity to make a difference for good in the world.

 

Our Core Values

  • We are a church for people who like to think for themselves, celebrating a tradition that arrived on this continent with the Mayflower. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our place of worship.
  • We have the freedom to decide our own doctrine and form of worship. The UCC has roots in the “covenantal” tradition – meaning there is no centralized authority or hierarchy that can impose uniformity on individual churches. Creativity and responsibility for ministry is in the hands of the local congregations.
  • We take the Bible seriously, but not literally. The books of the Bible contain poetry, story, song, prophecy, and apocalyptic writings, but not facts. Learning what the Bible has to teach us is a lifelong commitment, and “God is still speaking” through these words to us in the 21st century.
  • We strive to be a church that reaches out to others, in our congregation, in our community, and in our world. Outreach has details of the many ways to get involved.
  • We are a church that seeks to do justice in the world by speaking to issues of our time in light of the Gospel. We remember that the Social Gospel movement was started by the Congregational Church in 1897 (see UCC Firsts) and we continue to show “courage in the struggle for justice and peace” (from the UCC Statement of Faith).