Welcome to Bethany Congregational UCC

Bethany Congregational UCC is an Open and Affirming Congregation. Where ever you are on your faith journey, you will find a church home at Bethany Congregational UCC.

  • Our WELCOME is more than a greeting, it is a way of life.
  • We WELCOME you just as you are, and just who you are.
  • We WELCOME you to explore your Faith Journey with us.
Open and Affirming Love Knows No Limits
Pastor’s Message

Things to Know

  • Our faith is 2000 years old. Our thinking is not. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive and your head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship.
  • No matter who or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.  We insist that God’s communion table is open, not closed.  We work with – not against – people of other faiths.
  • Never place a period where God has placed a comma.  We insist that churches be a place of vitality in worship, learning, and advocacy.
  • Isn’t it time for religion with relevance?
  • We are not a perfect church, but we try to be faithful.  We are known for arriving early on issues of inclusivity and justice.   We were the first to ordain an African-American pastor (1785), a woman (1853),  an openly gay person (1972), and the first to affirm same-gender marriage equality (2005).
  • We stand with our Muslim and LGBTQ neighbors.

Connected Ministries

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1 day ago
The Rev. Dr. Don Longbottom Visit

Dr. Don is Conference Minister for South Central Conference of the UCC. He is invited to preach and then to meet primarily with Bethany church leadership to review interim progress and where we are ... See more

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2 days ago

If the following claim is true and you have felt the politicization of abortion and similar issues is extreme and divisive, this workshop might be helpful: "We are living in a time of great ... See more

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3 days ago

From our sisters and brothers at Samoan Congregational...

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4 days ago

All are invited to attend our Homecoming service on October 29th! Please see flyer...

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5 days ago
Desperate Puerto Ricans are drinking water from a hazardous-waste site — CNN

Weeks after Hurricane Maria, with more than 35% of residents without safe drinking water, some desperate Puerto Ricans are taking water from a Superfund site.

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6 days ago

Need to stay updated with Bethany?
Click on the link to see what's happening this Sunday!

http://mailchi.mp/c6c98c0d1e88/weekly-reminder-144659

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1 week ago
Live Oak Singers - Cabaret

Two of our own - Charlotte Sullivan and Barbara Brownell- will be a part of this concert. Go show your support and enjoy some great music!

It's that time of the season, the Live Oak singers will be performing at Luther's Cafe again for their mid-season Cabaret event.

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Immigrant Shielded From Deportation by Philadelphia Church Walks Free

The resolution of Javier Flores Garcia’s case is a small victory for the sanctuary movement, which offers potential deportees refuge in houses of worship.

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This week's email to congregation:
Hello, All Bethany Friends!
This coming Sunday, October 12, is a very interesting parable in which Jesus uses a wedding banquet as a metaphor for God's ... See more

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