Commitments We Have Made

Here at Rock Spring we express our commitment to our values in tangible ways.

WE ARE AN OPEN AND AFFIRMING CHURCH

Everyone is welcome at our table. Gay, straight, single, married, widowed, divorced, rich, poor, healthy, ill, left, right, sure or unsure. For many years, Rock Spring and the United Church of Christ have welcomed members of the the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and we seek to continue to widen that welcome. The congregation voted to be “Open & Affirming” in 2000 and LGBT persons are fully a part of our community and our church’s leadership. While we are advocates for marriage equality and seek to further understanding about sexuality, several of our members have been known to say something like, “I love it that we are welcome here, but I am especially glad that my sexuality is not considered all that interesting.” Be who you are. Love who you love.

WE ARE A SAFE CHURCH

Children are a vital and vibrant part of our community. We want them to have so much fun here that they become the ones pushing their parents to attend. We want them to build meaningful friendships and learn the stories of our faith. We want them to experience the love of God and this community. And, we want them to be safe. In 2010, Rock Spring adopted a resolution affirming its commitment to being a safe church.  With this resolution, we made the commitment to be sure that everyone working with children and youth have background checks on file and that there are always two adults with every group of children. 

WE ARE A JUST PEACE CHURCH

“We now need to put as much effort into defining a just peace as we have done in defining a just war.” This was the challenge from Dr. Robert V. Moss, the second president of the United Church of Christ, in 1971. The UCC has defined Just Peace as the interrelation of friendship, justice and common security from violence. Our commitment to being a Just Peace church inspires us toward direct service, legislative advocacy, and courageous witness.

WE ARE A GLOBAL MISSION CHURCH

This isn’t your grandparents’ mission work. We recognize that we are a global community and that our world will be stronger when we can learn, share, and grow together. We are currently in the early stages of forming a partnership with the Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem, a Lutheran congregation that shares our commitment to working toward peace in that region.

Latest News

Everyone will have noticed by now a slow-down in the project. This is due to our main contractor, NKB, walking off the job on August 1 and informing us by letter that they could not complete the work.

On September 10 at 10:00 a.m., we will welcome guest preacher Rev. Sid Lovett for a service focused on peace and specifically the important work of the US Institute for Peace. Following worship, join together for a congregational lunch to catch up with the Rock Spring family after the summer.

by Laura Martin

The reality is that I too have

Authored your pain.

I laid a blank piece of paper down

When you needed me to respond.

I chose the shortcut.

I learned complicity,

Learned to move quietly in my privilege,

Learned to let the doors open for me

Before walked inside.

I inherited fear

And did not unlearn it.

In fight or flight, I flew.

I confess all this.

And I commit to hearing

The raw stories,

To letting your vulnerability

Chafe me.