What being a “Just Peace” Church Means
The following statement was voted on by the congregation on April 25, 1999, and still guides us today.
We, the members of Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, believe that, although we are many members, we are one body in God; each of us is unique in our spirit, gifts, and needs for nurturing. We strive to be a community where each of us can share our spirit and gifts, and both give and receive nurturing. We confess that as a diverse people, we may differ in our vision for the church, the community, and the world. We pray in our diversity, that we will continue to respect differing views as we join in our purpose of following Jesus the Christ in faith and love.
We affirm our faith in Jesus Christ and in the church He has called into being, which by His grace and mercy welcomes unconditionally all who confess Him. We celebrate the family in its diverse forms and affirm loving and committed relationships. We believe relationships between individuals, groups, and nationals must be based on love, justice, commitment, and mutual respect, and we seek such relationships in our church, homes, and communities.
We invite and encourage all who join us to share fully in every aspect of our church life, ministry, and leadership.
We, the members of Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, welcome into this community of faith people of every age, education level, gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnic background, marital status, socioeconomic status, and/or physical and mental ability.
Therefore, we the members of Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming Congregation.
“Just Peace” Statement – A Covenant for Justice & Peace
To become a community of hope, believing a just peace is possible, working toward this end, and communicating to the larger world the excitement and possibility of a just peace;
To become a community of worship and celebration, focusing our mission in justice, peacemaking and the good news of peace, which is Jesus Christ;
To become a community of spiritual nurture and support, loving one another and giving one another strength in the struggle for a just peace;
To become an honest and open community, a zone of Christian freedom, liberty, and mutual respect where differences may be expressed, explored, and worked through in understanding and growth;
To become a community in kinship with the poor, seeking to support them in places of oppression, poverty, violence and supporting the oppressed in the struggle to resist and change these evils, and to attain full human dignity;
To become a community of repentance, confessing our own guilt and involvement in injustice and violence, ready to acknowledge our entanglement in sin and evil, seeking to turn toward new life in Christ.