What We Believe
Welcome to the First Congregational Church of Norwalk, a proud member of the United Church of Christ. Rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ, we strive to embody His love, compassion, and commitment to justice in all we do.
As an Open and Affirming congregation, we welcome everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or background. We celebrate the rich tapestry of our multi-racial congregation, believing that our varied experiences and perspectives enrich our collective understanding of God’s infinite love.
Our promise of peace, purpose, and possibilities reflects our commitment to provide a sanctuary where you can find spiritual peace, discover your divine purpose, and explore the endless possibilities of a life lived in faith.
At the heart of our faith is the biblical commandment to "love thy neighbor." We strive to put this into practice not just within our church, but in our wider community, showing love through acts of kindness, service, and support.
We also believe that faith calls us to work for justice. We are committed to addressing social and political injustices, advocating for those marginalized and oppressed in our society. Our congregation actively participates in initiatives that promote fairness, equality, and dignity for all.
Join us as we journey together toward a deeper understanding of God’s love, cultivating peace, purpose, and endless possibilities in our lives and community.
United Church of Christ Statement of Faith—adapted by Robert V. Moss
We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother, and to whose deeds we testify:
God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image, and sets before us the ways of life and death.
God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
God judges all humanity and all nations by that will of righteousness declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord, God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.
God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.
God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God.