Cultivating God-centered community through spiritual inquiry and intellectual freedom




OUR HISTORY

We are a progressive Protestant Christian church, a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC).  We have about 200 covenanted members, and many more supportive friends.

We began as a mission church of the  Oregon Conference of the pre-UCC Congregational Christian Church.  In 1953, the Conference sent Rev. Thomas McCamant to Medford from Portland to knock on doors and drum up interest for a Congregational church in Medford.  As it turned out, interest in a progressive alternative in Medford was high, and the church began offering worship and classes for children and adults in October of  1953, meeting in an old school building on Medford’s leafy East Side.

The congregation formally joined the new United Church of Christ in 1962, and in 1964, a modern, Warren Weber-designed sanctuary was built at the corner of  E. Jackson Street and Berkeley Way, not far from the original old schoolhouse.  In 1971, the unique hexagonal Lidgate Hall was added, housing the church’s offices, kitchen, library, and meeting spaces.

Today, we are an Open and Affirming/Just Peace/Green congregation, dedicated to following the wisdom teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, and doing the inner and outer work that Jesus taught would lead to joyful awareness of the Realm of God.

We believe God is still speaking to the world today, and we’re trying to listen.  We’re not a  “the bible says it,  I believe it, that settles it”  kind of church.   We ask questions of ourselves, our culture, the bible, and God.  We work to make ourselves aware of the presence of God, and aware of how we might best represent what Jesus taught in the world today.


WE ARE JUST A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT

We may not seem very different at first. After all, we’ve got a long, old-fashioned, unwieldy name, and when you walk in on a Sunday morning, you’ll see folks sitting in traditional pews, singing hymns, listening to a guy in a robe speaking from a pulpit—the whole traditional, mainline-church thing.

We have potlucks and rummage sales and coffee hours. We have warm, friendly, genuinely caring people.

But then, so do most churches. The difference is…

…in the mature sense of intellectual freedom that animates the congregation, the honoring of both inner and outer spiritual work in discovering who we are, and the inclusive language in our liturgy and hymns used to express these things.

…that there is never anyone telling you how to live your life or what to believe. In fact, we rarely use the word “belief.” Instead, we say, “Get curious about who you are and who God is. Go beyond mental assent to the actual experience of the divine, the experience of the I AM!”

…that we are an Open and Affirming congregation; that we have no categories for distinguishing people by sexual orientation or marital status, prior religious tradition, or political leanings. Like Jesus, we would no more single out those things than we would skin color, credit score, or blood type. No matter who you are or where you are on your journey, you are welcome here!

…that we’re a relatively small congregation (about 200 members and friends); people know each other’s names and honor each other’s giftedness. If you’re willing, although we never push, we put your gifts in play quickly.  Connecting with us is a journey into the mystery of God, with the life and teachings of Jesus as a map.

…that we are a Just Peace congregation; we’ve not only read Jim Wallis, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Brian McLaren, and Marcus Borg; we’ve put some of their ideas into practice. We take the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures very seriously, but we dip into the spiritual poetry of other faiths on occasion. The poems of Hafiz and Jalal al-Din Rumi have stirred our spirits, too!

Our mission statement says it all:

To cultivate God-centered community

through spiritual inquiry and intellectual freedom


WHAT TO EXPECT

When you celebrate with us on a Sunday morning, you can expect a blend of the traditional and the progressive: old familiar hymns and new music; traditional order, but unconventional, inclusive  words.  Children are welcome at the 10:00 service, then are invited to go to Sunday School at about 10:20. Questions? Give the church office a call at 541.772.8860

How do I get there?

You can find our location on the map.

Where should I park?

Enter off E. Jackson street or park on Berkley wy

What should I wear?

Our church has a “come as you are” atmosphere. You will see some dressed up; some dressed casual. We have no expectations for attire.



SERVICE TIMES

Sundays at 10:00 in the Sanctuary



FIND LOCATION

1801 E. Jackson St

Medford, OR 97504




Upcoming Events


MINISTRY OVERVIEW


Experience heartfelt worship, good friends and a refreshing look into God’s Word in a comfortable, casual setting. Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters offered. Church is committed to coming alongside families in a way that helps strengthen and grow them.

We know that well-refreshed moms make well-refreshed families, and that is what Moments is all about. We look forward to connecting with you and growing with you as we experience God’s love together through moments. Spring and Fall semesters offered.

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HELP CHURCH, DONATE FOR A CAUSE

Our mission is leading people in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Please join our giving plan. Give in order to be blessed. It is, in our vision, a part of our worship to God. He wants us to understand the blessings that come to those who give with a cheerful heart.




A SINGLE MOMS PRAISE
LIFE CHANGE STORY

Nancy Smith is a single mom, a member at church, and faithful
volunteer on our church media team. There was no way to see
her diagnosis coming earlier this year, but Nancy shares with us an
amazing story of God’s faithfulness and how much she’s grown
spiritually through some of her lowest valleys.


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