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Vision, Mission & Values

Our Vision

Believe. Belong. Become.

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 Mission

Values to Guide Our Journey

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.

San Diego Church Partnership

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.

United Church of Christ (UCC)

Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.

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 statement of 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.

Open & Affirming

God is still speaking

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.

Learn more about UCC’s welcome to LGBT communities and UCC’s historical commitment to social justice.

UCC Inspiration: Weekly Seeds

Weekly Seeds - United Church of Christ

Testing what is true

The promise of justice and peace

Posted: November 17, 2019, 5:00 am

Immersed in Generosity and Joy

Posted: November 10, 2019, 2:00 pm

A good lesson from an unlikely source

Posted: November 3, 2019, 4:00 am

Not how the story really ends

Posted: October 27, 2019, 4:00 am

Never, ever lose heart. Never!

Posted: October 20, 2019, 4:00 am

Who are "Us" and "Them" today?

Posted: October 13, 2019, 4:00 am

Cherishing the gifts of faith

Posted: October 6, 2019, 4:27 pm

Stepping out in faith onto a counter-intuitive path

Posted: September 29, 2019, 4:00 am

Praying at all times for all God's children

Posted: September 22, 2019, 9:00 am

Learning to grow in love, together

Posted: September 15, 2019, 4:00 am

A crisis of conscience for the privileged

Posted: September 8, 2019, 4:00 am

The best seats at the table

Posted: September 1, 2019, 4:00 am

Deeper faithfulness and praise

Posted: August 25, 2019, 12:44 pm

Striving for the finish line

Posted: August 18, 2019, 6:23 pm

Seeing the promises, counting the stars

Posted: August 11, 2019, 4:57 pm

True freedom, true joy

Posted: August 4, 2019, 4:28 pm

The kind of disciples we'll be

Posted: July 28, 2019, 5:12 pm

Just being with God

Posted: July 21, 2019, 1:00 pm

No walls for compassion

Posted: July 14, 2019, 1:00 pm

A God of many surprises

Posted: July 7, 2019, 6:45 pm

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