Who We Are, What We Believe
Broadmoor Community Church strives to be a warm, welcoming, and diverse congregation. With prayer and scripture as our foundation, we provide multiple opportunities to grow deeper in our relationship with God and Jesus, through worship, education, fellowship, missions and justice work. Our church is clean, bright and fully functional for adults, children and the greater community.
We share with other United Church of Christ (UCC) congregations an extravagantly inclusive faith perspective where every person is part of God’s beloved people. Our open communion table, where all are welcome, demonstrates our belief in this perspective.
Jesus didn’t draw a line between people who are in and people who are out, and neither do we. We believe that God loves everyone, just as they are, and as they are becoming. If that kind of welcome describes you, we hope you will feel right at home at Broadmoor Community Church.
While some of us were raised UCC, the majority of us were raised in other traditions: Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, Presbyterian, evangelical, fundamentalist, even Jewish and Muslim. This all makes for an interesting mix! All of us bring our questions, our doubts, our beliefs, our criticism, our willingness to both ask questions and lean into faith in order to make our lives, and the world, a better place.
We take the Bible seriously but not literally. We are advocates for causes like an end to poverty, fair immigration policy, and a clean planet because of, not in spite of, what the Bible says. That said, we are not a unanimous church. There are issues around which faithful Christians disagree, and we seek to engage in respectful dialogue to uncover what God’s truth might be.
No one has a monopoly on God’s truth. God’s revelation is ongoing. We recognize that the Bible, although written in specific historical times and places, still speaks to us in our present condition. Study of the scriptures is not limited by past interpretations. Our experiences help us break scripture open again and again in new ways.
At Broadmoor Community Church, we won’t ask you to believe something that is obviously untrue. We invite you to bring your whole mind to church, as well as your body, heart, and spirit. We love how science can inform faith, and the other way around.
The UCC was created in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions: from the beginning of our history, we have affirmed that Christians did not always have to agree to live together in community. Our motto — “that they may all be one” — is Jesus’ prayer for the unity of the church.
The United Church of Christ is a church of firsts: the first Protestant denomination to ordain an African-American, Lemuel Haynes, to Christian ministry in 1785; the first to ordain a woman, Rev. Antoinette Brown in 1853, and the first to ordain an openly gay man, Rev. Bill Johnson, in 1972. We were active in the abolitionist movement and the civil rights movement.
The UCC is a non-hierarchical church. Each local church is free to act in accordance with the collective decision of its members, guided by the Holy Spirit in light of the scriptures. We are also called to live in covenantal relationship with other congregations. Each congregation calls its own ordained staff and follows its own conscience in matters of moral, cultural, and political importance. We are supportive of other religious traditions, understanding that there are many paths to God.