Our Mission Statement
“Trinity Reformed UCC exists to render loving service toward humanity with Jesus as our example. We preach love, teach compassion and social justice and welcome all into the full life and ministry of the church.”
Mission Statement recreated on May 15, 2011
A Covenant of Openness and Affirmation
“In order to make this a safe place for all, we will strive to love each person as Christ loves us. As a step toward living that love, we will not tolerate statements and/or actions which are demeaning toward any of God’s children. Such statements and/or actions include those, which are sexist, racist, heterosexist, and demeaning in regard to persons age or abilities. We are called to admonish in love any persons who make such statements or exhibit such behavior in our presence. We seek to declare ourselves open and affirming of women and men of all ages, races, abilities, and sexual orientation who desire to share in the services, leadership and activities of this congregation.”
Adopted April, 1998 – Open and Affirming (ONA) Status granted by the United Church of Christ in 2005
About the United Church of Christ
We are part of the United Church of Christ, a Protestant denomination with a centrist theology. The UCC is worldwide, with approximately 9,000 churches in the United States. The motto of the UCC is Christ’s words at Gethsemane: “That they may all be one.” It is this “uniting Spirit” that we claim, and it is Jesus whom we emulate, knowing that God wants all of humankind to befriend one another, seeking justice and mercy, and living lives of grace, service and humility. The UCC was founded in 1959 with the merger of the Evangelical Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Church.
Currently, the UCC has “covenantal” agreements with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church of America, the American Baptist Church, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Episcopal Zion Church, Alliance of Baptists, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Episcopal Church, International Council of Community Churches and the United Methodist Church. This covenantal agreement means that we are together seeking a visible expression of the oneness of Christ’s church and we are exploring ways of cooperating. Each of these denominations has entered freely into this covenant with each of the others and we are all the beneficiaries of our work together.
Learn More about the UCC
- United Church of Christ
- Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ
- Lancaster Association of the United Church of Christ
- Hartman Center—the Outdoor Ministries facility owned and operated by Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ
- Bethany Children’s Home
- Hoffman Homes for Youth