We are a welcoming community
being transformed by the Spirit of Christ
and engaging in service with our neighbors.
At West Concord Union Church, we come together from the neighborhood around the church and from surrounding towns; as members who were born into this congregation and as new visitors and friends; as people of deep faith and those who are just beginning to explore Christian traditions. We are a lively and informal congregation small enough to know each other well.
Following the example of Jesus, we strive to offer a warm welcome to everyone. We are an “Open and Affirming” church, fully including people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Our members include singles, couples, and families across all age groups. Many folks who participate in our community have developmental or physical disabilities. We believe that Black Lives Matter and are working to address issues of privilege and bias. Whoever you are, you are welcome here.
WCUC has a deep history in West Concord, founded in 1891 as a “Union” church for neighborhood Protestants of every denomination. We are now a part of the United Church of Christ, which is known for its dedication to social issues and the way it honors each individual’s spiritual discernment.
Our Open and Affirming Covenant (May 2, 1999)
We, the members of the West Concord Union Church, are called to love one another as God loves us, freely and unconditionally. We further believe that diversity enriches our faith community.
Therefore, we welcome persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, race, socio-economic status, ethnicity, and physical and mental ability into full membership and participation in the body of Christ. We celebrate family in all its diverse forms and honor, support, and bless all loving and committed relationships. As we are one in Christ, we are called to accept and respect one another in the face of our differences. We agree that continued dialogue is necessary as we each grow in learning and understanding.
We commit ourselves to work diligently to end all oppression and discrimination which afflicts God’s people in our society. We seek to explore new ways of affirming our faith in community according to the wisdom of the Gospel. We strive, as individuals, to become more Christ-like in our love for one another.
WCUC Covenant (1892)
We, as children of God and disciples of Jesus Christ, do unite ourselves in this Christian Church. We desire to worship and serve God, to walk in the liberty of [God’s] truth, and to minister to [one another]. Feeling our individual and united need of divine aid, we desire, through this communion of the visible Church, to strengthen each other by mutual sympathy, forbearance and helpfulness, and in all things looking to [God’s] Grace which is ever ready to help us, to do our part to establish the Kingdom of God in the world.