Our Vision and Mission are shared expressions of what we feel God is calling our church to be in this world.
God’s love enlivens us to rise up to be a Christ-inspired, joyous community of faith where spirit and compassion meet.
We are a Church where worship invites us into the mystery and wonder of God. Here we gather together in the celebration and deepening of our faith, sharing friendships that sustain us. We listen for the Spirit of God that moves us to act for justice and peace. Here we covenant together, sharing ministry with the pastor, to be a community where lives are changed, hope is renewed, and all people are accepted as the children of God.
We gather in the mystery and wonder of God to deepen our faith, seek justice, welcome all, grow community that sustains us and share that all are beloved of God.
Statement on Racism
Magnolia United Church of Christ recognizes the painful reality of racial violence, inequality and injustice being at a tipping point. We pledge to work toward needed changes in all of our national, regional and local systems and within our own hearts, so this reckoning moment does not pass by as it has so many times in the past.
We call for racial equality not only within the law enforcement and the judicial systems, but also healthcare, economics and education. We will listen to and study others’ experiences and views, and especially seek out those that are different from our own, even if those exchanges are uncomfortable. We will explore the complexity of our own privileges, assumptions and biases. We will vote and encourage and assist others to exercise their right to vote.
Open and Affirming
We declare ourselves an Open and Affirming congregation who recognize all people are uniquely loved and valued by God; and we welcome diversity of race, abilities, sexual orientation, gender, age, religious backgrounds, opinion, marital status, and economic condition. As an inclusive Christian community, we affirm each person’s unique contributions. In our journey of faith, we seek to be responsible to God and one another.
Magnolia United Church of Christ (Congregational), Adopted November 17, 1996
Creation Justice Church: A Greening Congregation
We profess that we are called to live in harmony with the environment, respecting and honoring the gifts of God’s creation. As people of faith, we affirm that all of God’s creation is sacred. As a community of faith, we engage in activities that protect God’s creation and conserve resources. Magnolia UCC (MUCC) has for years held a sacred focus on Creation Justice. We have a Creation Justice team and have been in partnership as a Greening Congregation with Earth Ministry for over a decade and most recently became recognized through the National UCC as a designated ‘Creation Justice’ Church.
For the past three years, MUCC has moved to a dedicated ‘Season of Creation’ celebration in worship and our church life, each September. That means that we structure our worship services for the whole month around Creation Justice themes. Creation Justice is woven into elements of our worship, such as prayers, sermons, and music not only during that Season of Creation each October but each quarter as well.