We are an Open and Affirming, Just Peace congregation dedicated to offering a spiritual home to all people.
We actively encourage people to love, learn and grow with us. Support for diversity in thought, in community, and in all manner of contribution is vital to our interactions with one another.
We believe that in order to deepen in faith, people must have the freedom to explore. We embody a progressive Christianity in which “God is still speaking” and we actively listen to better understand how to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly.” Our openness to wonder is understood both as awe and inquisitiveness.
We believe that the work of the church must influence societal structures and that by our being,
we work toward creating a just world.
The richness of our community-in-God inspires, transforms, and empowers us to improve the lives of others and work toward the common good. Micah 6:8 serves as our theological touchstone.
Greetings in the name of Jesus who prayed that we all may be one.
As we continue to watch COVID-19 reach record numbers in the U.S. at 77,000 new cases for a second day in a row — 3 times what was happening a month ago — and 18 states including Utah needing to roll back re-openings, and 951 deaths in just one day, your conference ministers cannot endorse in-person gatherings inside church buildings for the foreseeable future. Colorado’s state epidemiologist predicts a spike in mid-August running through the fall, which affirms the new mask order that has been placed in Colorado this week. Even Wyoming has seen a number of deaths and a rise in new cases, and in frontier communities there are rarely sufficient health care resources to manage a spike.
As the number of cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to increase, it is our highest priority to protect the health and safety of our congregants, staff, and our community. In an effort to help minimize potential COVID-19 virus exposure and transmission, we are keeping our doors closed, and taking the time to deep-clean the entire facility. In an abundance of caution and concern for the safety and health of all in the congregation, and in accordance with Center for Disease Control recommendations to combat the spread of COVID19, FCC will continue to remain closed for church services and group activities until further notice. In the meantime, we will continue online-only Sunday services. As CDC guidelines change, FCC will make adjustments accordingly. During this isolation period we will continue to evolve and add-to FCC online offerings.
by Rev. Dr. Don Longbottom
Transitional Lead Minister
George Floyd did not need to die. As a police chaplain for close to 10 years, I have seen police work up close. In the words of my good friend Captain Hank Nelson, “Alarms go off when someone in your custody says “I can’t breathe.” Every cop knows this.” I can assure you, had my friend been present at the scene, he would have physically removed Officer Derek Chauvin from the neck of George Floyd. Furthermore, it would be hard for me to believe that Officer Chauvin would have even been employed by the honorable and professional officers with whom I served. George Floyd should not be dead. Derek Chauvin should, after due process, be in prison. This brutal treatment of African Americans since 1619 must finally stop.
A man was lynched by police in Minneapolis this week. George Floyd was lynched on the streets of Minneapolis, Minn., with the knee of an officer who needed no noose. As comrades looked on, reminiscent of the public lynchings of the past, George Floyd pleaded for breath for over 5 minutes as the callous, vigilante actions of four officers hooded in blue ignored his plea.
The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world. The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).