Edgebrook Community Church is an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. Our denomination marks as its beginning the year 1957, when it completed a process of conversation resulting in the union of two denominations: the Congregational Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church. Both denominations were animated by an urgent desire for freedom of worship, a respect for diversity while remaining committed to a covenant, and an eagerness for spiritual guidance that would foster individual engagement in the wider community.
UCC churches have a profound respect for each other, but they are not bound by hierarchical control. The covenant we share allows individual churches to be “informed but not instructed,” able to care and respond in unity in the world, but with a regard for divergent voices. Each local church is autonomous in matters of its leadership. Each calls and supports its own pastors, manages its own resources, and determines its own system of leadership. Yet we draw strength from our covenantal connections with other congregations and with the wider church. Indeed, the UCC takes as its motto Jesus’ prayer, “that they may all be one” (John 17:21).
In the UCC, we emphasize personal faith, guided by the Holy Spirit and scripture, as well as the social responsibility that derives from Jesus’ teaching that we are to minister to others. The UCC is a pioneering denomination in many ways--in the quest for religious freedom, in the struggle against slavery, in the furthering of access to higher education, in the ordination of African-Americans, women, and gay and lesbian people, and more. To learn more about the groundbreaking ways of our denomination, check out UCC Firsts.
Edgebrook Community Church is a Congregation of the Chicago Metropolitan Association of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ.
Open and Affirming
We are an Open and Affirming congregation. Wherever you are on your faith journey, you are welcome here. We welcome individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities, of all races and ethnicities, of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, and we welcome families of all kinds.
Edgebrook Community Church, a congregation of the United Church of Christ, is an open-hearted, open-minded Christian community seeking to know God's word, dedicated to living the faith and making it real in our lives and in our community.
As members of Edgebrook Community Church, we shall strive to bring together persons of faith to worship God and grow in spirituality while affirming the dignity of all persons. We will endeavor to share our gifts by supporting each other physically, emotionally and spiritually. We shall undertake to renew our spirits to live our faith and to inspire God's presence in our community.