About United Church of the Valley
United Church of the Valley is a congregation, meaning primarily we are a group of people and not a building or institution. It was chartered in 1993 to be a works-oriented, progressive witness in the greater Murrieta area. Our people come from all over the inland valley, including places like Fallbrook, Temecula, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, and Hemet. We do not believe you need a big sanctuary or elaborate facilities to serve God and to be a people of faith on a journey together. We currently set up for worship every Sunday at the Temecula Masonic Center, an independent organization from whom we rent. In addition to weekly worship, our core ministries are:
- A global partnership with the village of Chacraseca, Nicaragua. We fund various projects, from music programs to clean water infrastructure. We do a yearly mission trip with our partner to build a home and run a week-long music camp.
- Music ministries: children's music, adult choir and hand bell choir.
- Spiritual formation groups that meet weekly.
United Church of the Valley is a Progressive Church.
What does that mean?
Progressive Christianity is a form of Christianity which is characterized by a willingness to question tradition, acceptance of human diversity, a strong emphasis on social justice and care for the poor and the oppressed and environmental stewardship of the Earth. Progressive Christians have a deep belief in the centrality of the instruction to "love one another" (John 15:17) within the teaching of Jesus Christ. This leads to a focus on promoting values such as compassion, justice, mercy, tolerance, often through political activism. Progressive Christians tend to focus on issues of social justice, rather than proselytizing efforts to convert others.
The characteristics of Progressive Christianity can be summarized as:
- A spiritual vitality and expressiveness, including participatory, arts-infused, and lively worship as well as a variety of spiritual rituals and practices such as meditation
- Intellectual integrity including a willingness to question
- An affirmation of human diversity
- An affirmation of the Christian faith with a simultaneous sincere respect for other faiths
- Strong ecological concerns and commitments
The Community House
The Community House is our center of operations in Historic Downtown Murrieta -- across from the US Post Office. The blue and white building houses our offices and is filled with a variety of activities during the week including support and Scout meetings.