The question “What does your church believe?” is a difficult one to answer for a church like Bethlehem, and a denomination like the United Church of Christ (UCC). One of the things we hold dear is the practice of unity in diversity. In other words, our church has a broad spectrum, spanning the range from progressive to conservative, in both theological and social/political areas.
At Bethlehem, there is an amazing degree of respect between people who hold widely divergent beliefs.
One of our tag lines in the UCC is: “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey you are welcome here.” We try to live that out as best we are able.
On the whole, we find Bethlehem to be a theologically progressive church. We are self-governing and committed to working together to grow in faith and to live our Christian faith as best we are able.
Bethlehem’s Vision Statement says we are
Striving to welcome all who seek God; to grow in faith;
and to love neighbor as self through action.
If you'd like an example of what this kind of faith is like, we have posted some of Rev. Sirnic’s sermons on the website. Hopefully, they will help you decide if Bethlehem would nourish you in your spiritual journey.