First Congregational Church (FCC) does not require any creeds or confessions for membership and we respect the conscience of each individual believer. That being said, FCC is firmly rooted in the liberal Christian tradition, which has several core beliefs.
We believe in God, but we reject many old and simplistic views of God, e.g. God is an old white man in the sky. We do believe that there is a spiritual presence in the world that transcends the atoms and molecules that make up our bodies. With other Christians we affirm that God is present in creation and that God’s essence is defined by love. God calls us into relationship with others and with God but gives us free will to make our own decisions.
We find in the life and work of Jesus of Nazareth a special revelation of who God is and how God calls us to live. We emphasize the human nature of Jesus more than the divine.
We believe that the Christian tradition is a living tradition, that the Holy Spirit continues to guide us in new ways, and that the faith should not be frozen in the first century, the 16th century, or the 20th. Instead we proclaim that "God is still speaking".
We fully embrace the insights of science and do not see a conflict between science and faith.
We do not see the Bible as the inerrant word of God, but rather as a testimony of God’s work with the people of Israel and the early church. We value the work of biblical scholars and do not think that "orthodoxy" should set limits on biblical scholarship.
We value other religious traditions and resist any efforts that claim that one tradition has absolute truth. We believe our own faith can be deepened and enriched by the faith of others.
We believe in a God so rooted in mercy and love that no one can be separated from the presence of God in eternity.
Our passion for social justice, our full acceptance of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender Christians, and our other stances on "controversial" topics of today flow from these beliefs.