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L I N K S & B L O G S
We are proud to be part of the United Church of Christ, a denomination that is young in years and part of every social justice progress in the United States and around the world. Our ancestor churches go back to the founders of this nation and beyond. See our long list of "firsts" here. (See a clear statement about UCC faithfulness, by historian Barbara Brown Zikmund, at the bottom of this page.)
We belong to a group of UCC churches throughout northern CA and Nevada.
In the San Francisco Bay area, the Bay Association works and plays together.
We are founding members of the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program ("getting a grip on homelessness"), building strength 40+ years later.
We are part of a network of progressive faith communities throughout the US.
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The Latina Center supports women and their families who are healing from domestic violence. The Center provides women's leadership training and many other programs. Mira Vista UCC helped the Center build a healing garden of fruits and vegetables. Some of the women from the Center are in a peer counseling class led by Nancy Lemon, a member of the church.
Beginning in 2007, Mira Vista UCC has sent volunteers every year to work in the hardest hit areas of New Orleans as they struggled to recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Our work is organized by the United Church of Christ Disaster Recovery effort. Read our New Orleans blog of Mira Vista workers, here.
We support Rev. Thom Longino's work with the San Francisco Night Ministry. Thom was ordained at Mira Vista UCC in 2009.
UCC Faithfulness: God's voice in our midst today
Faithfulness within the United Church of Christ takes many forms. Building on the witness of earlier risk-taking churches and the actions of courageous individuals, since 1957 the UCC has stretched definitions of unity. UCC people are drawn together under God's covenant. Not only do they seek to find common cause with those who agree with them, or are like them, but they are able to embrace all God's people. Why? Because out of loyalty to Jesus Christ, UCC members are convinced that all who believe in the light are called to become children of light and thereby change the world.
UCC people speak out and witness to the power of Christian freedom. For 53 years, UCC actions have affirmed God's love and acceptance in settings where exclusion and condemnation based on race, gender, sexual identity, disability, economic power, outsider status, or religious convictions dehumanized people. This conviction about God in Christ presses UCC members to engage in meaningful worship, nurture children and youth, authorize progressive leadership, take on the world and reshape the structures of the church.
Yet, as the UCC takes responsibility to express its faith in public witness, it does so with humility, remembering that Christ is the head of the church and human deeds are always incomplete. Through decades of mission and outreach people in the UCC demonstrate that God can transform congregations ,and that closed communities can by opened by love. Even
when the UCC has been "first" and other churches have held back, its pioneering moments remind it, and everyone, of the ongoing injustices in church and society. Its passion for social justice has not been ashamed to make honest apologies for past mistakes.
The UCC's "God is still speaking" emphasis embraces an inclusive vision of what it means to "bind in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races." Furthermore, when UCC church members give an extravagant welcome to strangers, they rediscover who they are. By telling the world that God is still speaking, they find new joy as a Christian community and
new strength to become children of light.
by Barbara Brown Zikmund, excerpted from The UCC at 50: Our Future