Who We Are

At Mira Vista our motto is "God's love in action": look around this website and see a few of the ways our hands and feet and hearts and minds are helping to transform our communities.  

Come to Sunday worship, 12 noon, and see our vibrant, inclusive community: we foster spiritual growth with open-handed creativity, questioning, listening, laughing, singing, and healing. Has church turned you off with oppressive theology, clannishness, or hierarchical thinking? Find relief and liberation here; we support your recovery.

Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey, you are invited and welcome. We are an Open and Affirming congregation, with an open door, an open Book, open arms, open minds, and open hearts. In the United Church of Christ we say "God is still speaking, " meaning that God is active in our lives and in our hearts, right now. Seekers have been following the Jesus Way for 2,000 years: today's travelers blend all that is new and exciting with the Church's oldest traditions.

We hope that you will join us on the journey.

Our History

How it all began...

  • Fall 1949 - First meeting held in El Cerrito, California at the home of Rev. Gifford Webster
  • Easter Sunday, April 9, 1950 - Seventy Charter Members joined Mira Vista Congregational Church
  • August 1951 - First service held in the new building at 7075 Cutting Boulevard, El Cerrito
  • Easter 1955 - Fifth Anniversary - Membership of 253, with church school of 317
  • 1957 - The Congregational Christian and Evangelical and Reformed denominations merged and Mira Vista became Mira Vista United Church of Christ
  • Thanksgiving Sunday, 1959 - Dedicated the new Sanctuary on Cutting Avenue; the prior worship space became the Fellowship Hall
  • 1967 - Founded, along with other churches, the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP), an organization to address racial and economic injustice in Contra Cost County
  • 1974 - MVUCC founded the West Contra Costa County Rape Crisis Center
  • 1980s through the present day - We have taken seminarians 'in care' for the ministry, welcoming, nourishing, and teaching seminarians and hosting ordinations
  • 1990s - Founded, with GRIP, the Souper Center in Richmond April 1994 - Voted to become an Open and Affirming Congregation
  • 1995 - Adopted the New Century Hymnal, which uses inclusive language
  • 1994 to 1997 - Participated, with GRIP, in the Winter Rotating Homeless Shelter Program
  • January 1999 - Sanctuary Renewal Celebration, with beautiful stained glass windows and a new Cross
  • Into the 2000s... April 2000 - Celebrated our 50th Anniversary February 2001 - Decided to sell the parsonage
  • January 2005 - Decided to sell our building and grounds on Cutting Avenue to the Montessori Family School
  • July - September 2006 - Moving days September 2006 - First service at our new location, 780 Ashbury Avenue in El Cerrito, California (owned by Christ Lutheran Church) 
  • 2007 - Incorporated reading the Scripture in Spanish into our Sunday service May 2007 - First Mission Trip to New Orleans to help with the rebuilding effort after Hurricane Katrina (aka "The Storm") , sponsored by United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries January
  • 2008 - Joined GENESIS (region-wide, faith-based community organizing social justice group) 
  • May 3-10 2008 - Fifteen people on Second Mission Trip to New Orleans October 19, 2008 - After five years of ministry-in-transition together, we installed the Rev. Susan Meeter as our called Minister and Teacher
  • May 3-9 2009 - Third Mission Trip to New Orleans November
  • 2009 - Developed Five-Year Vision
  • January - March, 2010 - Supported Pastor Susan and her wife Barbara on a trip to India during her sabbatical leave. Welcomed the Rev. Katie Morrison in the pastor's absence
  • May 1-7 2010 - Seven people on Fourth Mission Trip to New Orleans October 10, 2010 - Our 60 Year Anniversary Celebration
  • February 2011 - African American "History We Missed" series
  • March 19 - March 26, 2011 - Twelve people on Fifth (and last) Mission Trip to New Orleans
  • September 2011 - Hosted a booth at the Solano Stroll
  • 2012 - The Mindfulness Group (now the Mindfulness Circle) began April 2012 - Participated in Rebuilding Together (local support for low-income home owners) 
  • September 9, 2012 - Solano Stroll
  • April 20, 2013 - Dog and Earth Blessing at Point Isabel November 3, 2013 - All Saints and Dia de los Muertos Celebration
  • June 14, 2014 - Celebration of Ministry for Pastor Susan Meeter and Barbara Cook held in a backyard in Pinole
  • July 20, 2014 - Pastor Susan's last Sunday leading worship To the Present Day... 
  • October 26, 2014 - Installed Rev. Dr. Melinda V. McLain as our Designated Term Minister
  • Ongoing... through the Year: 
  • January - Semi-Annual Meeting (budget) 
  • Spring - Special services during Lent and Easter April - Rebuilding Together projects
  • June - Annual Gathering of Northern California Nevada Conference of the UCC (NCNC-UCC) 
  • June - Pride Parade in San Francisco
  • June - Semi-Annual Meeting (review activities and Philanthropic Giving and look ahead) 
  • September - Occasional participation in the Solano Stroll
  • October - Annual GRIP Harmony Walk
  • December - Special services during Advent; Christmas Eve Candlelight Service through the Month or Week... 
  • Every Sunday - 12noon Worship with music and preaching
  • Every Sunday - Gather at "La Mesa" for potluck lunch after worship First Sundays of the Month - Holy Communion, All are welcome! 
  • Every Wednesday, Pastor Melinda has community office hours @Catahoula Coffee in Richmond, 2-5p.
  • Every Thursday evening - Interfaith Meditation with Sycamore UCC, 6-6:45p, 1111 Navellier Street, El Cerrito, CA.
  • First Tuesdays - Prepare lunch at Souper Center in Richmond
  • First and third Sunday evening provide free live music at El Cerrito Natural Grocery.