Who We Are
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
We believe in extravagant welcome. This is why we insist that God’s communion table is open, not closed, and God’s gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable. We advocate justice for all. Our congregation extends hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love. We teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God’s mission. We think that many times the questions are more important than the answer. Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with — not against — people of other faiths. Why? Because God is still speaking,
We bring together different traditions, varying worship styles, contrasting theological outlooks and the gifts of diversity found in Christianity. We celebrate the commonality of our faith in God made known to us through Jesus. As Christians we are called to remember that what joins us with our sisters and brothers in faith is far greater than what divides us, and we recognize that the Church is at its best when it is living, dynamic and changing.
In our midst are believers, questioners and doubters, young and old, gay and straight, partnered and single, many with children and all who are children of parents, those who know what they believe and those who are still trying to figure it out. Our life together is grounded in worship that draws from the best of our traditions and is open to the Spirit moving through us today. Together we engage in programs of education, service, spiritual practices, fellowship and music — that we might grow closer to God, be drawn into deeper relationship with one another and be more steadfastly connected to the world in which we live. We rely on God’s grace and guidance on our journey together.
What We Believe
Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.
We believe in God’s continuing testament. This is why we are committed to hearing God’s ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today. We try to remain attentive to God’s creative movement in the world. We believe that religion and science are not mutually exclusive, so your head and your heart are both welcome. We prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and future church, and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking.
- We believe God not only created the world, but continues to create it each and every day.
- We believe we were created in God’s own image: beautiful and good.
- We believe that God’s own child and humanity’s savior, Jesus Christ, is a hope, redeemer and friend to each of us.
- We believe in the Holy Spirit, the power of God at work in our daily lives day by day. It sustains us and is with us always.
- We believe that we are called to be real, honest and authentic.
- We believe that we are called to love God with all that we are and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
Never place a period where God has placed a comma.
We believe the church’s mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally. We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God’s grace. This is why we insist that Kirkwood UCC is a place of honesty and vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships.
Located in Atlanta’s historic Kirkwood community, KUCC is home to a dynamic and diverse congregation. Founded in 2006 by the Reverend Susannah Davis, Kirkwood UCC came to life in the form of monthly worship services at a local coffee shop. These small affairs featured an eclectic mix of hymns, acoustic guitar accompaniment and a joyous message for locals and passersby.
Since that time, Kirkwood UCC has flourished, outgrowing the coffee shop in 2008 and then the Kirkwood Community Center in 2009. After meeting for the better part of a year at the Old Kirkwood Library, the congregation finally celebrated its first service in its own dedicated space on the Sunday before Thanksgiving 2009.
In 2015 — just eight years into the life of our congregation — we embarked on a Capital Campaign to purchase a new, permanent home in the Kirkwood neighborhood. In 2016 we purchased property at 100 Rogers Street, constructing a new $1.2 million sanctuary that opened in May 2017 while using the current house as our new “ChurchHouse” for offices. We hope and pray our new home will continue to be a place of outreach to and for our neighborhood and place where God will continue to call us into community and ministry for many years ahead.
To learn more about our history, visit Our Past, Present and Future.
The United Church of Christ
Kirkwood UCC is a congregation of the United Church of Christ. The UCC is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination of 5,600 churches and 1.2 million members. We are people of God’s extravagant welcome, who listen for the Still Speaking God and insist that “Jesus didn’t turn people away, and neither do we.”
Learn more about the United Church of Christ by visiting the UCC website.