Spend Sunday mornings with a church that shares your values,
United Church of the Valley values spiritual growth, education, environmental harmony, inclusion, Interfaith understanding and social justice because we believe we are called to continue the ministry of Jesus Christ in the present age. We listen for the voice of a still speaking God and in all things seek to understand the will of a just and loving God.
Where we worship...
At UCV, we understand that a church is a group of people, not a building. We are a congregation that has worshiped in several buildings since our founding, seeking facilities that suit our present needs. Currently we worship at the Temecula Masonic Center, 27895 Diaz Rd, (the white building with a blue awning) just south of the Temecula DMV. (Enter in back from side street, Via Dos Picos.) Doors open at 9 a.m., worship begins at 10 am, and all are invited to stay for fellowship afterward, around 11 a.m.
United Church of the Valley welcomes and includes all people in the life and leadership of their church. We are part of a growing movement to counteract the discrimination and judgment often found in churches, particularly of the gay and lesbian communities. We do not merely "tolerate" the LGBT community, but welcome and affirm our sisters and brothers in Christ of all orientations.
October 11— National Coming Out Day
Raising awareness of the LGBTQ community and civil rights movement
October 12-16 — Ally Week
A national youth-led effort encouraging students to be allies with the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) members of their community in standing against bullying, harassment and name-calling
Commemorating the Life of Matthew Shepard
- by Sherian Spencer
Not many people remember or have even heard of Matthew Shepard. It’s understandable to an extent; he was murdered 17 years ago at the young age of 21 in Laramie, Wyoming. He hadn’t had time to “make his mark on the world,” per se.
... Matthew Shepard was beaten, tortured and left for dead while tied to a fence on the night of October 6, 1998. Six days later, he died from severe head injuries after being taken off life support by his family. And in a tragic twist of fate, it was the day after National Coming Out Day and on the first day of National Ally Week... (Read the full story on Blog page)
Living the Questions
Join us for this small group DVD based program of Christian invitation and spiritual formation, featuring today's leading theological thinkers. Meets Monday evenings at the MacLean's home. Food & fellowship begins at 6:00, followed by a video and discussion at 7:00. Please contact Lee Eddy or the church office for details.
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Rev. Dr. Gilford Bisjak is our current pastor. Rev. Gil has many years of experience working as a pastor, counselor and hospice chaplain. Gil is warm, welcoming and easily approachable. He has a good sense of humor. Gil enjoys working with people of all ages. Rev. Bisjak is committed to social justice, compassionate ministry and progressive theology. He values teamwork, encourages people to think for themselves and likes it when they ask questions. Gil and his wife live in Highland with three cats.
Open and Affirming
UCV Facebook Group!
Be sure to check out our Facebook group, where you can meet other members of UCV online, post questions, announcements, news, pictures and more. We strive to be a church with open communication where everybody is invited to participate.
Statement of Purpose
We believe that we are called to continue the work of Jesus in this world through teaching and preaching the love of God, seeking ways to love and understand all people and establishing the ways
of peace, hope, healing and justice.
Our faith is progressive in accomplishing these tasks in cooperation with any and all who seek the same goals for this world.
Statement of Affirmation
We, the congregation of United Church of the Valley, Murrieta, declare ourselves to be Open and Affirming.
As such, we strive to be a congregation that welcomes all persons, regardless of age; mental and physical health and ability; racial, ethnic, and cultural identity or background; economic, educational, and social status; sexual orientation, gender identity and its expression; marital status and family structure; or faith background.
We welcome all to share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, stewardship, responsibilities, blessings and joys of our congregation’s life in Christ.