Franklin Circle Christian Church is an inclusive, urban, mission-oriented congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). As such, our beliefs and practices are very similar to other Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations.
Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God and offers saving grace to all.
All persons are God's children.
OUR DENOMINATIONAL IDENTITY
“We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.
As part of the one body of Christ we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.”
WE PRACTICE UNITY AND FULL INCLUSION AT THE LORD'S TABLE
All are welcome to the Lord’s Table for the sake of mission and for the sake of the world as the one family of God. We do this by celebrating communion every Sunday. That is why we use a chalice as our denominational logo.
WE PRACTICE BELIEVER'S BAPTISM
A person makes the choice to follow God’s call rather than the choice being made for them as an infant. Baptism is a mark of membership in the Church and also a mark that every person is called to serve God – the idea of the “priesthood of all believers.”
WE ARE A MOVEMENT FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
We honor our heritage as a movement for Christian unity by cooperating and partnering with other faith communities to work for bringing about wholeness – healing and justice – in the world. This is what it means to be “ecumenical.” One example is our cooperative work with the United Church of Christ in Global Ministries for the past 25 years and our newer effort to share staff in the area of family ministries.
We also honor the heritage of Christian unity by staying together in covenant as a witness to the world that even when we disagree we can still make room, welcoming all to the table as Christ has welcomed us. Our spiritual ancestors were fond of saying, “unity, not uniformity.”
WE STUDY SCRIPTURE FOR OURSELVES
We are called to study and read scripture for ourselves. Rather than having denominational tests of faith and creedal statements, we critically and thoughtfully study scripture, taking into account the history and background – the context – in which it was written.
WE ANSWER GOD'S CALL FOR JUSTICE
As a denomination, we move to answer God’s call for justice particularly in the areas of care for the earth, the challenges for women and children, poverty and hunger and immigration. We seek to do this work in cooperation with other people of faith. Some say we “get dirty for Jesus” as a way of conveying the hands-on mission orientation of many of our faith communities.
Learn more about what it means to be part of the Disciples of Christ by clicking on the Chalice below.