About United Church of the Valley
United Church of the Valley is a congregation that was chartered in 1993 where we strived to be a works-oriented, progressive witness in the 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.
- Local ministries including supporting a local food pantry, providing school supplies for foster children, and blessing bags for the homeless
- Music ministries including adult choir and hand bell choir.
- Spiritual formation group that meets 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 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 worship as well as a variety of spiritual rituals and practices such
- 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
Statement of Affirmation
We, the congregation of United Church of the Valley, 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 and leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, stewardship, blessings and joys of our congregation's life in Christ.
As an Open and Affirming congregation we are called to continue the work of Jesus Christ... seeking ways to love and understand all people... establishing the ways of peace, hope, healing, and justice. No matter where you are on life's journey, YOU are welcome here.
Statement of Purpose
We believe that we are called to continue the work of Jesus
Christ 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.