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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

Lay claim to the lowest place

Posted: September 23, 2018, 12:41 pm

Experiencing the discomfort of conversion

Posted: September 16, 2018, 12:42 pm

Mother-love changes the course of things

Posted: September 9, 2018, 2:06 pm

What we do flowing out of what we believe

Posted: September 2, 2018, 1:09 pm

Where do we experience the presence of God?

Posted: August 26, 2018, 12:06 pm

How will we gain wisdom?

Posted: August 19, 2018, 2:07 pm

Would our actions "betray" us?

Posted: August 12, 2018, 5:55 pm

Built up in love

Posted: August 5, 2018, 1:18 pm

Witnessing wonders in unexpected places

Posted: July 29, 2018, 2:14 pm

Who will build a house for God?

Posted: July 22, 2018, 12:39 pm

Lovingly formed in God's image

Posted: July 15, 2018, 4:58 pm

Disciples on a mission from God

Posted: July 8, 2018, 11:42 am

Healing, between faith and fear

Posted: July 1, 2018, 12:20 pm

It's about God's power, not ours

Posted: June 24, 2018, 12:02 pm

What can I possibly do?

Posted: June 17, 2018, 1:56 pm

Challenging long-held beliefs, chaos in the house

Posted: June 10, 2018, 1:46 pm

How do we respond when God calls?

Posted: June 3, 2018, 1:37 pm

How will we respond to God's call?

Posted: May 27, 2018, 11:55 am

Fire and Wind, and the Power of Love

Posted: May 20, 2018, 11:56 am

Trusting in God to lead us forward

Posted: May 13, 2018, 12:11 pm

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