UNITED CHURCH OF THE VALLEY
There’s a fresh wind blowing in the Murrieta/Temecula Valley. It is the wind of openness and inclusiveness, the fresh breeze of a community built upon an affirmation approach to life which respects the customs and integrity of all persons. This fresh wind is called United Church of the Valley. This church comes from a tradition of calling and gathering God’s people to respond to the world with new eyes and new hearts. It is a church of vision and involvement. We unashamedly work hand in hand with our God to dismantle the fences which have been erected between people. We follow God’s vision of a just world where all will live peacefully, growing in their concern for each other.
How We Minister
At United Church of the Valley we don't utilize a full time minister, but rather a rotating group of ministers who are creative thinkers. During the course of a month you might see the Rev. Sharon Graff, Rev. Stephanie Toon, Lee Eddy, Sandy Selby or Darcie Dunlop behind the pulpit. We enjoy a different approach as seen through a different pair of eyes each week. Not only does it keep us on our toes, but it keeps our minds fresh and open to new ideas and a new way of seeing that, which we have looked at the same way for years.
August 9th - Darcie Dunlop
Darcie Dunlop was born and raised in Anaheim, California. She began her undergraduate work at Pacific Christian College before transferring to CSU Long Beach where she received her BA in Psychology. After graduating, she had the opportunity to work as an independent software consultant and had her own successful business for many years. In 2010, she returned to school, attending Pepperdine University to earn her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology She completed her internship at Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center in Murrieta. She currently has a full-time private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Temecula.
Darcie first came to UCV in 2007 with her wife Lorian and twin girls (who were age 6 at the time!) In 2016, Darcie entered a time of theological conflict and felt the need to leave the Christian Church. After “wandering the wilderness” she returned earlier this year with a newfound sense of connection and love for UCV, its people and its mission. She is grateful that her church family had kept the circle open and welcomed her as if she had never left.
She studies both Buddhist and Christian theology and philosophy and allows the intersection of the two to guide her life to live and love more fully. She also loves anything outdoors! She loves to hike, mountain bike, and play tennis. (Still looking for a marginal tennis opponent!) She plays guitar and has been singing for 10 years with Southern California Damekor, a Scandinavian Women’s Chorus.
At Home Summer Camp
Registration is now closed!
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The 8 Points of Progressive Christianity
By calling ourselves progressive Christians, we mean we are Christians who…
1. Believe that following the path of the teacher Jesus can lead to healing and wholeness, a mystical connection to “God,” as well as an awareness and experience of not only the Sacred, but the Oneness and Unity of all life;
2. Affirm that the teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways to experience “God,” the Sacredness, Oneness and Unity of life, and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom, including Earth, in our spiritual journey;
3. Seek and create community that is inclusive of ALL people, including but not limited to:
Conventional Christians and questioning skeptics,
Believers and agnostics,
Those of all races, cultures, and nationalities
Those of all sexual orientations and all gender identities,
Those of all classes and abilities,
Those historically marginalized,
All creatures and plant life;
4. Know that the way we behave towards one another and Earth is the fullest expression of what we believe, therefore we vow to walk as Jesus might have walked in this world with radical compassion, inclusion, and bravery to confront and positively change the injustices we experience as well as those we see others experiencing;
5. Find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning with an open mind and open heart, than in absolutes or dogma;
6. Work toward peace and justice among all people and all life on Earth;
7. Protect and restore the integrity of our Earth and all of Creation;
8. Commit to a path of life-long learning, compassion, and selfless love on this journey toward a personally authentic and meaningful faith.