Kensington Community Church is a vibrant and inspiring place to believe, belong, and become. Wherever you are on life’s journey, we welcome you to join us as we grow in the light of God.
Our congregation strives to grow in the grace of love and compassion, wisdom and understanding; to experience God’s presence; and to be open, affirming and inclusive to every individual, welcoming diverse viewpoints.
Our church is a member of the oldest continuing United Church of Christ Partnership of congregations – a cooperative of urban churches who work together to promote diversity and social justice aims. Here’s the latest news from our partnership.
We are a congregation of the United Church of Christ. We believe in God’s continuing testament and are committed to hearing God’s ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in our world today. If you are new to the United Church of Christ, find out more about us.
In the UCC, we try to remain attentive to God’s creative movement in the world today. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive; we welcome both, your head and your heart!
The UCC is known for arriving early on issues of inclusivity and justice. Our denomination was the first to ordain an African-American pastor (1785), a woman (1853), an openly gay person (1972) and the first to affirm same-sex marriage equality (2005).
As a UCC congregation, we don’t ask our members to abide by a certain creed, or statementof beliefs. Nor does our denomination impose a doctrine or form of worship on local churches. Instead, we are a church family in covenant, or sacred promise, with one another and with God to discern and carry out the worship style and spiritual life to which our community is called.
In 2010, we declared ourselves “Open and Affirming,” or welcoming to members of the gay and lesbian community as well as to people from all walks of life.
In this way, we seek to include and embrace people of any creed, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, political view, military status, mental or physical ability, age, economic situation, or family circumstance. We invite all to share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, and blessings of Kensington Community Church.
Our spiritual foundations support peace, justice, and equality as part of God’s unconditional love. We pledge to continue expanding our views and attitudes of what it means to share with God in the unfolding of being Open and Affirming.
Testing what is true
Imagining what might be
Undermining resentment and restoring relationship
Awesome encounters with God
God's sustaining presence, even so
The brokenness of families
Experiences of God with us in unexpected places
Decisions and choices
The courage to be merciful
Each one of us, precious in God's sight
Bearing the cost of discipleship
Listening to God's creation
Facing This Hour in Community
A great and glorious day of understanding
Taking the Spirit's View of Love
Sharing with joyful hearts
Building community through stories in every age
New gifts, new lessons at the table
Opening our locked doors and hearts to new life
Seeing the world and our lives in a new way