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Underpinning Values


Reformed Tradition

AUC is part of the Reformed tradition.  We affirm the Trinity and believe that in Jesus Christ, God reveals the Way of Life, of Truth, of Hope and of Love.

Within our tradition the Sacraments are a reflection of God’s continual grace and interaction with Life.


At AUC we celebrate Communion on the first and third Sundays of the month. Our table is open; regardless of age, ability and uncertainty, anyone who wishes to receive communion is welcome to do so.


Baptism is a sign of our belonging to the Family of God, the Church. We offer baptism for infants and for adults, depending on the beliefs and values of those concerned. We recognize the validity of baptism from all Churches.

Progressive Christian Community

AUC understands itself as a Progressive Christian Community and is a member of the Progressive Christian Network. Progressive Christianity does not hold to a fixed statement but as Christian who...

  1. Have found an approach to God through the life and teachings of Jesus;

  2. Recognise the faithfulness of other people who have other names for the gateway to God’s realm, and acknowledge that their ways are true for them, as our ways are true for us;

  3. Understand the sharing of bread and wine in Jesus’ name to be a representation of an ancient vision of God’s feast for all peoples;

  4. Invite all people to participate in our community and worship life without insisting that they become like us in order to be acceptable (including but not limited to):

    • believers and agnostics

    • conventional Christians and questioning sceptics

    • women and men

    • those of all sexual orientations and gender identities

    • those of all races and cultures

    • those of all classes and abilities

    • those who hope for a better world and those who have lost hope;

  5. Know that the way we behave toward one another and toward other people is the fullest expression of what we believe;

  6. Find more grace in the search for understanding than we do in dogmatic certainty, more value in questioning than in absolutes;

  7. Form ourselves into communities dedicated to equipping one another for the work we feel called to do: striving for peace and justice among all people; protecting and restoring the integrity of all God’s creation; and bringing hope to those Jesus called the least of his sisters and brothers;

  8. Recognise that being followers of Jesus is costly, and entails selfless love, conscientious resistance to evil, and renunciation of privilege.

Statement of Faith

Our Statement of Faith is that of the United Reformed Church:

URC LogoWith the whole Christian Church the United Reformed Church believes in one God, Maker, Redeemer and Holy Spirit. The living God, the only God, ever to be praised.

The life of faith to which we are called is the Spirit's gift continually received through the Word, the Sacraments and our Christian life together.

We acknowledge the gift and answer the call, giving thanks for the means of grace.

The highest authority for what we believe and do is God's Word in the Bible alive for all people today through the help of the Spirit. 

We respond to this Word, whose servants we are with all God's people through the years.

We accept with thanksgiving to God the witness to the catholic faith in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds.

We acknowledge the declarations made in our own tradition by Congregationalists, Presbyterians and Churches of Christ in which they stated the faith and sought to make its implications clear.

Faith alive and active: gift of an eternal source, renewed for every generation.

We conduct our life together according to the Basis of Union in which we give expression to our faith in forms which we believe contain the essential elements of the Church's life, both catholic and reformed; but we affirm our right and readiness, if the need arises, to change the Basis of Union and to make new statements of faith in ever new obedience to the Living Christ.

Our crucified and risen Lord, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection.

Held together in the Body of Christ through the freedom of the Spirit, we rejoice in the diversity of the Spirit's gifts and uphold the rights of personal conviction. For the sake of faith and fellowship it shall be for the church to decide where differences of conviction hurt our unity and peace.

We commit ourselves to speak the truth in love and grow together in the peace of Christ.

TridentWe believe that Christ gives his Church a government distinct from the government of the state. In things that affect obedience to God the Church is not subordinate to the state, but must serve the Lord Jesus Christ, its only Ruler and Head. Civil authorities are called to serve God's will of justice and peace for all humankind, and to respect the rights of conscience and belief. While we ourselves are servants in the world as citizens of God's eternal kingdom.

We affirm our intention to go on praying and working, with all our fellow Christians, for the visible unity of the Church in the way Christ chooses so that people and nations may be led to love and serve God and praise God more and more forever.

Source, Guide, and Goal of all that is: to God be eternal glory.