OPEN AND AFFIRMING STATEMENT
Adopted at the Annual Meeting
January 23, 2000

The Orinda Community Church, United Church of Christ, was established as a community church, inviting all who seek to know the God of Jesus Christ to join our faith journey.  Trusting in the power of God's reconciling love, we renew our founding mission, affirming each individual as a child of God.  We open our family of faith to persons of every ability, age, ethnicity, family or economic status, gender, sexual orientation, spiritual or cultural origin, or any other visible or invisible difference.  In the spirit of Jesus, we joyfully welcome all to full participation in the life of our church.

Open to all.
We are a welcoming family of faith,
appreciating individual gifts and differences.
We believe in God's love
and inspired by the Holy Spirit,
we seek to follow Jesus Christ.

Open to all.
We nourish our spirits through lifelong learning,
music and worship, sacrament and prayer.
We cherish our relationships with God,
with God's creation,
and with each other.

Open to all.
We are called to live in God's grace and goodness
with our families, communities, and the world.
You are joyfully invited to join us in this convenant of life,
creating together a congregation
of faith, action, and love.

The 245 members of the Orinda Community Church cherish a spiritual heritage of faith, freedom, and fellowship rooted in the Protestant Reformation and carried forward in the contemporary United Church of Christ. The congregation is a self-governing, self-supporting, and independent faith community, but has strong bonds of Christian covenant and mission throughout the various settings of the United Church of Christ: local, regional, national, and international. The Orinda Community Church also participates in Bay Area and statewide ecumenical and interfaith activities.

The Orinda Community Church has an ordained minister, the Rev. Jim Brommers Bergquist. He is assisted by a very capable church staff. The membership at large also shares a powerful spirit of mutual ministry and is in effect “a congregation of ministers.” While the congregation votes on all major decisions, governance between church meetings is vested in the elected Council and Commissions. The major Commissions that lead our activities (and their designated areas of mission focus) are Lifelong Learning & Spirituality, Building and Grounds, Care and Fellowship, Children and Youth, Mercy and Justice, Worship and Music. Other specialized committees, task forces and working groups are formed as needed.