Home - About - What We Believe
Federated Church is part of the United Church of Christ
, a denomination with a rich and storied history and a promising future. Formed in 1957 from the merger of several earlier denominations, it is a “united and uniting church.” Committed to social justice and to sound theology, each local congregation is given its own responsible autonomy. Free of restrictive and limiting ties to a larger denomination, we are able to govern ourselves as we see fit. As such we have decided as a congregation to declare ourselves an "Open & Affirming" (ONA) congregation that welcomes all into full participation in the life of the church.
We are acutely aware that we are bound together with all churches and with all the world. Thus, everything we do is done with an eye to the larger world, and with an acute sense of our responsibility to care for all that hurts. Above all, we believe that God is still speaking, that God is doing a new thing in our midst, and that faith, hope, and love will have the last word.
The Covenant of The Federated Church:
Believing in Jesus Christ, the interpreter of God to humankind, we accept his teachings as the guiding principles of our lives and consecrate ourselves and our Church to their fulfillment. We therefore join and covenant, one with another, to worship, work and serve together, that we may express through our Church and our individual lives the love and faith taught by Jesus Christ.
The Mission Statement of The Federated Church
God accepts me just as I am and loves me too much to leave me that way. Federated accepts all people as they are and supports them in the spiritual journey. With Christ we offer hope and healing to change our world.
The Open & Affirming Statement of The Federated Church
We, the members of The Federated Church of Chagrin Falls, Ohio believe that God is still speaking and we seek prayerfully to discern God’s plan for us today. Acknowledging God’s acceptance of us and Jesus’ commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves, we affirm our belief that we are one body in Christ.
We welcome people of all races and ages, mental and physical abilities, marital status, gender or sexual orientation. We invite those from different backgrounds of economic class, ethnicity, and varieties of thought, expression and religious tradition to join us in our worship and to participate in the full life and ministry of our church.
We celebrate the diversity of God’s creation and believe that every person is uniquely made in God’s image. We embrace the joy of being accepted and affirmed by God and by one another.
We strive for justice and inclusiveness following Jesus’ example of love.