The Loomis Basin Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) is a small community of independent thinkers who come together with a similar belief in the ideas of equity, justice, and the teachings of Jesus Christ. We have a relaxed family feel in that we embrace our own diversity and respect each individuals beliefs.
In this way, our church offers a quaint, small town atmosphere in contrast to some of the larger, big city mega-churches. We encourage you to stop by and visit on any Sunday, or contact us if you would like more information.
About the UCC (United Church of Christ)
Welcome to the United Church of Christ, a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The UCC was founded in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions: from the beginning of our history, we were a church that affirmed the ideal that Christians did not always have to agree to live together in communion. Our motto: “that they may all be one” is Jesus’ prayer for the unity of the church. The UCC is one of the most diverse Christian denominations in the United States.
Intelligent dialogue and a strong independent streak sometimes cause the United Church of Christ (UCC) and its 1.2 million members to be called a “heady and exasperating mix.” The UCC tends to be a mostly progressive denomination that unabashedly engages heart and mind. And yet, the UCC somehow manages to balance congregational autonomy with a strong commitment to unity among its nearly 5,600 congregations—despite wide differences among many local congregations on a variety of issues.
While preserving relevant portions of heritage and history dating back to the 16th century, the UCC and its forebears have proven themselves capable of moving forward, tying faith to social justice and shaping cutting edge theology and service in an ever-changing world. Affirming that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, the UCC claims as its own the faith of the historic church expressed in the ancient creeds and reclaimed in the basic insights of the Protestant reformers.
Yet the UCC also affirms the responsibility of the church in each generation and community to make faith its own in reality of worship, in honesty of thought and expression, and in purity of heart before God. It looks to the Word of God in the Scriptures, and to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to prosper its creative and redemptive work in the world. One of the UCC’s distinguishing characteristics is its penchant to believe that … God is still speaking, … even when it puts us out there alone. History has shown that, most often, we’re only alone for a while. Besides, we receive so many gifts from our ecumenical partners, being “early” seems to be one of ours.
What if I’ve felt unwelcome in other churches?
You’ll find a broad range of cultures and styles in our united and uniting church. Not all UCC congregations are the same: We’re proud of our diversity. The best way to find out if a local congregation suits your needs is to visit us on Sunday morning!
What does “ONA” mean in the church listing?
ONA churches have adopted an “Open and Affirming” covenant welcoming all people, without regard to sexual orientation, into the life and ministry of the congregation. However, many UCC congregations that for various reasons have not adopted an ONA covenant are nevertheless welcoming and safe communities for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians.