building a movement of grace and peace
WHY (our vision)
to see the fame and deeds of God renewed in our day and time.
Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in all this chaos, remember mercy.
The Scriptures reveal that God is at work renewing all things through Jesus and by His Spirit. In the life and ministry of Jesus we see the implications of "all things"—our hearts, our families, our communities, our industries and our cities. As a church, we desire to see the fame and deeds of God renewed in our day and time by helping build a great city for all people through sharing, living and being a compelling expression of the gospel that transforms lives (spirituality), creates life-giving community (relationships), brings justice (justice) and restores culture (beauty).
WHAT (our mission)
a community of grace and peace for Seattle.
The gospel is a movement of grace and peace—grace is the gospel in us and peace is the gospel around us. Jesus makes possible for us a thriving inner life and a creative calling in the world. He brings healing, freedom and transformation to everyone who encounters him. This means that, like Jesus, we can live daily out of a deep happiness, meaning, worth, security and significance found in our relationship with God (freeing us from having to look elsewhere); and offer that quality of life to our city through how we love others and serve through our vocational skills, gifts and passions. We would love to help you connect deeply with God, passionately follow Jesus, find your place in God's story, form life-giving relationships with our community, have your unique gifts and talents activated and see the vision of your life released.
WHO (about us)
United is a church with a rich heritage. Originally two churches that were defined by our national roots (Sweedish and Norwegian), we began in 1892. In 1950, we decided that we could be better together and united to humbly serve our great city. And as we have see the city we love turn from a sleepy fisherman's town to a vibrant epicenter for good food and drink, music, business and non-profits, we are excited to transform again into a church that today's Seattle needs.
We believe that Christianity is not defined by the boundaries, but the center. Therefore, we hold to the essential orthodox Christian beliefs as best expressed in the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed, as well as the EFC statement of faith, seeking to live at the center of the historic Christian faith.
Regardless of who you are, where you are from, what you believe or which season of life you are in, we welcome you to join our community as we explore, question and wrestle through the questions of life and God.