Who We Are
We are a people who love God and each other. At the Congregational Church of La Jolla, God isn’t just a word, and Jesus Christ isn’t a set of rules by which we judge others. God is a loving presence in our lives, and Jesus Christ transforms us into a family which cares for its members and reaches out to the world. Though we cherish our traditional architecture and worship, we are also an open-minded congregation. With the rest of the United Church of Christ, we value diversity, and decry discrimination in all its forms.
What We Believe
Congregational churches have never had tests of faith, but believe every believer has a testimony of their individual relationship with God. Instead of creeds or confessions, our faith communities share covenants around which they arrange their common life. The first such covenant was the Mayflower Compact, signed by each person who participated in the founding of Plymouth Colony in 1620. Here is our current church covenant, adopted nearly four centuries later:
We covenant with God and with one another, promising to join together in worship and the celebration of the sacraments, in the study of the scriptures, in sharing the good news with one another and the world around us, in joining in the struggle for justice for the whole human family, and in welcoming into our midst all who seek God and community, that the love of God, the grace of Jesus Christ, and the communion of the Holy Spirit may be known and acknowledged in the life of our congregation.
Where We Are Going
We are the oldest faith community in La Jolla, California dating back to 1889. We are housed in one of La Jolla´s oldest public buildings and we are rooted in one of our country’s oldest religions – Congregationalism – as brought here by the Pilgrims in the early 1600s. But this rootedness in history does not keep us in the past. We are a church with an ancient faith made all the more alive with contemporary thought. Our faith is 2,000 years old, our thinking is definitely not. http://www.lajollalight.com/news/2015/feb/20/congregational-church-la-jolla/