<div>On behalf of the congregation of Faith United Church of Christ, allow me to extend a Warm Web Welcome to you and to invite you not only to explore our website, but to let us greet you in person someday at our church in Richmond Heights, Ohio, an eastern suburb of Cleveland.</div>
<div>Faith is a progressive evangelical congregation of <span style="color: #000000;">the <a style="color: #000000;" href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ucc.org&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFrqEzc8eVHUCCqU3Mz5Jbq7d53l5TD50A">United Church of Christ</a>, and we are committed to sharing the Good News of God's love for the world shown to us and experienced by us in the living Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ.</span></div>
<div><span style="color: #000000;">We believe, with the apostle Paul, that the Good News of Jesus Christ is truly <q>the ministry of reconciliation</q> (<a style="color: #000000;" href="http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=112881549" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">2 Corinthians 5:18</a>), and all of us here seek to proclaim that reconcilin</span>g message in thought, word, and deed.</div>
<div>Whether you're a seeker or a veteran, a newcomer or an old-timer, filled with confidence or full of questions, we invite you to join us in our pilgrimage of faith.</div>
<div>Our table is open to all who desire the spiritual nourishment of God's love, and our inclusive worship, education, fellowship, and service provide abundant opportunities for the living out of our individual and corporate faith.</div>
<div>The ministers of this church are its members — I am simply the pastor — and in their name let me say again how pleased we are to welcome you to Faith!</div>
Wishing you God's peace and grace,
Gene McAfee, Pastor
We AFFIRM the universal and unbounded love of God made known to us in the life and teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we recognize that this love show<span style="color: #000000;">s <a style="color: #000000;" href="http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=111942046" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">no partiality</a>. Rejoicing in the diverse gifts that each person brings to the life of the Church, we FURTHER AFFIRM that membership and full participation in this congregation is OPEN to all who wish to dwell in the <a style="color: #000000;" href="http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=111942166" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Spirit of life that is in Christ Jesus</a>, regardless of age, sexual orientation, race, gender identity, marital, economic, mental or physical status.</span>
<h3>A Safe Space</h3>
Faith UCC is committed to creating and maintaining a worship and work community in which members, friends, staff, and volunteers can worship and work together in an atmosphere free of all forms of discrimination, harassment, exploitation, or intimidation.
We take delight in the diversity of God's wondrous creation, including the variety of paths by which people seek God and the many ways in which they live out their faith journeys. That diversity is reflected in the rich spectrum of theological views found in our congregation.
Faith faces the realities of our time and place without fear or prejudice, and we seek to use all our gifts of mind, body, and spirit in the service of the gospel.
A<span style="color: #000000;"> wide variety of <a style="color: #000000;" href="http://www.faithucc575.org/study">educational opportunities</a> for youth and adults keeps us up-to-date on issues confronting people of faith near at hand and around the world.</span>
<h3><span style="color: #000000;">Engaged</span></h3>
<span style="color: #000000;">Faith is a church that reaches out to its neighbors in many ways: through <a style="color: #000000;" href="http://www.faithucc575.org/mission/loaves-fishes">Loaves and Fishes</a>, a hot meal program served in downtown Cleveland; through the food bank of St. James Lutheran Church in East Cleveland; through the <a style="color: #000000;" href="http://www.faithucc575.org/preschool">Faith Preschool</a>, which has served the families of the Hillcrest area for over thirty years; and through many <a style="color: #000000;" href="http://www.ucc.org/ocwm/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">local and international mission programs</a> administered by the United Church of Christ.</span>
We are part of the universal church of Jesus Christ, and as members of that vast spiritual family, we embrace our sisters and br