We believe the United Church of Christ (UCC) is called to be a united and uniting church. “That they may all be one.” (John 17:21) “In essentials–unity, in nonessentials–diversity, in all things–charity,” These UCC mottos survive because they touch core values deep within us. The UCC has no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to creeds or structures. Its overarching creed is love. UCC pastors and teachers are known for their commitment to excellence in theological preparation, interpretation of the scripture and justice advocacy. Even so, love and unity in the midst of our diversity are our greatest assets.
This statement taken from the United Church of Christ (UCC) website, and also found in other UCC materials, fits right in with this year’s One Great Hour of Sharing theme: We Are One. Jesus’ prayer “that they may all be one” is also for the basis of this multi-denominational offering. The One Great Hour of Sharing offering is taken not only in the United Church of Christ, but also in churches of the American Baptist Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the Church of the Brethren, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Reformed Church in America, and the United Methodist Church.
We Are One, is not only the theme of this special offering, but more importantly, the prayer of Jesus just before he is betrayed. It is his final prayer. May that be a guide to us, not only this One Great Hour of Sharing week, but our prayer as we journey to the cross with Jesus.