The members of Beloved come from a range of denominational and non-denominational backgrounds. We are united by our affirmation of the Beloved Community Covenant.
Beloved is a United Church of Christ congregation. The information here reflects the doctrines of that historic denomination and the shape of our diverse faith commitments to God and to one another.
We believe in the three-part God: the Creator, the resurrected Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.
We believe that each person is unique and valuable. All people are celebrated here regardless of what they have done or what has been done to them. It is the will of God that every person belong to a community where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.
We believe that each person is on a spiritual journey and that each of us is at a different stage of that journey.
We believe that the persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God, engendering love, strengthening faith, dissolving guilt, and giving life purpose and direction.
Here are some more principles of our thinking:
We bring together diverse points of view
“That they may all be one” (John 17:21). This motto of the United Church of Christ reflects the spirit of unity on which the church is based and points toward future efforts to heal the divisions in the body of Christ. We are a uniting church as well as a united church.
In essentials unity, in nonessentials diversity, in all things charity.
The unity that we seek requires neither an uncritical acceptance of any point of view nor a rigid formulation of doctrine. It does require mutual understanding and agreement as to which aspects of the Christian faith and life are essential. The common thread that runs through all is love.
Testimonies of faith rather than tests of faith.
Because faith can be expressed in many ways, the United Church of Christ has no formula that is a test of faith. Down through the centuries, however, Christians have shared their faith with one another through creeds, confessions, catechisms, and other statements of faith.
“God Is Still Speaking”: there is more light and truth to break forth from God’s Holy Word.
This statement recognizes that the Bible, though written in specific historical times and places, still speaks to us in our present condition. Our study of the Scriptures is not limited by past interpretations but is to be pursued with expectancy for new insights and help for the living today.
The priesthood of all believers.
All members of the United Church of Christ are called to minister to others and to participate as equals in the common worship of God, each with direct access to the mercies of God through personal prayer and devotion.
As individual members, we are free to believe and act in accordance with our perception of God’s will for our lives. But we are called to live in a loving, covenantal relationship with one another – gathering in community.
Learn more about the United Church of Christ: www.ucc.org
Beloved Community Church
131 41st Street South
Birmingham, AL 35222