We believe in freedom of religious belief and thought. We do not require creeds for membership. Instead, we invite members to own and affirm their own understanding of Christian faith and practice. We are “congregational.” We are in covenant relationship with the larger United Church of Christ (UCC), yet we are not bound by requirements from the larger UCC. In the congregational tradition, we are autonomous and self-supporting.
Brea Congregational UCC is governed by members of the church (“the congregation”) who, on a yearly basis, approve the church budget and elect the members of our church council. The church council and its committees function to take care of the business and relational parts of church operations, including recruitment of staff , managing the budget, setting priorities, managing capital projects, and arranging events, learning opportunities, and care for members.
Many of us treasure Process Theology. In Christian process theology, God is present in and through every part of the world (panentheism). God does not control or coerce. God’s essence is love: nurturing and empowering us. God co-creates with the world in ongoing relationship, inviting us into a better future. We really have free will– we can refuse the invitation. This is the origin of evil. Different Christian understandings of Trinity (God – Jesus Christ – Holy Spirit) all invite us to experience the presence, power, and love of the Sacred in our lives, and act faithfully in response.