What We Believe

 

At Peace UCC, we believe in God’s continuing testament. Which is to say that we don’t believe God stopped speaking to people after the Bible. Rather, we are committed to hearing God’s ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today as we encounter new situations, technology, and questions. We try to remain attentive to God’s creative movement in the world.  Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and your heart are both welcomed into our places of worship!  We prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and the future of the church and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking. Why? Because God is still speaking! 

To express our firm belief in a “still-speaking” God, we often-times use the symbol of a comma, inspired by the Gracie Allen quote, “Never place a period where God has placed a comma.” The comma invites us to believe that God speaks to us not only through the Bible, but also through other people, nature, music, art, a theorem, and in so many other ways. It is also an expression of the unusual religious freedom and responsibility with which we encourage people to engage the Bible–that is, with freedom and encouragement to bring one’s own unique experiences, questions, doubts, and ideas because we don’t believe in forcing uniformity of expression in dogmatic beliefs. At Peace UCC, you will find a community that cherishes our rich religious past, yet balances it with an openness to the new ideas, new people, and new possibilities for the future!

For more information on our theological heritage, please take a look at our parent website (www.ucc.org/beliefs_statement-of-faith). Also, learn more about the Wisconsin Conference (wcucc.org) and our Denomination  (ucc.org).

 

Ministry Team

Rev. Eric Kirkegaard
Pastor

Diane Swanson
Church Secretary

Rev. Bob Blackburn
Visitation Minister

Kathy Danielson
Administrative Assistant

Gayle Van Ess
Faith Formation Coordinator

Every Person in the Congregation

 

Music Ministry

Sherry McElhatton
Youth Choir Director & Organist

Bill Stangl
Choir Director

Karla Stoffel
Organist

Education Team

Nursery -  Jamie Herman, Kathy Thomas

Sunday School Teachers - Becky Manthei, John Lemke, Greg Anderson, Taylor O’Brien-Flasch, Ken Singer, Jamie Piittmann, Brenda Roehrig