Disciples of Christ Identity Statement
The Disciples sprang out of a movement in the early 1800s to reclaim the simplicity of the early church and to work for unity. This movement began in Kentucky and other places on the "American frontier"--and made its way to Illinois only a few decades later.
This tradition emphasized a few hallmarks that remain to this day:
- celebrating and working for unity
- thoughtful biblical engagement (we take the Bible seriously, not literally)
- welcoming all people through the practice of open communion and celebrating all baptisms
- practicing both loving acts of service and working for justice
Today there are over 4000 Disciples congregations spread out across the country--and over half a million people who consider themselves a part of this ongoing movement.
In many ways, the movement for wholeness is ongoing. So there are ministries we both are and hope to more fully be:
We are a pro-reconciling, anti-racist church
We are a church of grace and welcome to all: no matter gender or sexuality
We are a church that cares for God's Creation