Christ Church Uniting is a congregation of Christian believers striving to be a vibrant witness to Christ’s inclusive love, encouraging spiritual growth and working for social justice. We are a growing and dynamic faith community that looks for God to be at the center of our lives and we invite others to join us on our path. We welcome a diversity of people, opinions, beliefs and spiritual paths, offering our love and support to lots of different types of folks: young families and aging adults; singles and couples; retired folks and working professionals; activists and active duty military personnel; lifelong Christians and those new to the faith; we could go on and on. The point is that everyone is welcome…and that includes you!
We are located in Kailua, Hawaii on the island of O’ahu. In the Hawaiian language, Kailua means “two seas” or “two currents”, a contraction of the words kai (meaning “sea” or “sea water”) and ʻelua (meaning “two”); it is likely so named because of the two currents which run through Kailua Bay. Kailua is primarily a residential community on Oahu’s windward side, with a population of approximately 38,000.
Christ Church Uniting is unique in that it is a member of two different Christian denominations: the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In 1974, Christ Presbyterian Church and Christian Church of Kailua merged to become Christ Church Uniting Disciples and Presbyterians. Being a union church (or a church with membership in more than one denomination) means we draw on both the Presbyterian and the Disciples tradition in our ministry and mission. You can learn more by following up on some of these links: Presbytery of the Pacific; Pacific Southwest Region (Disciples of Christ); Presbyterians Today magazine; What Presbyterians Believe; Disciples News Service.
Our mission, together in Christ’s name and with the help of the Holy Spirit, is to:
Christ Church Uniting is committed to being an inclusive, progressive church a place where a broad spectrum of persons, perspectives and spiritual paths are welcome to join together in a spirit of Christian fellowship and exploration. We affirm that all people are created in the image of God and as beloved children of God, all are worthy of God’s love and grace. We celebrate our human family’s diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, faith, history, economic status, marital status, physical and mental ability, and education, and seek to reflect this diversity in our life and worship. We welcome the full inclusion of all people in the life and ministries of the congregation and seek to pursue reconciliation and wholeness on behalf of those whose identity has previously been a barrier to full engagement in the life of the church.
CCU strives to be an open community where all are welcome to come together in search of God. We welcome questions and share answers; we value the different perspectives and experiences that are brought to the table when we come together. We enjoy wrestling with the challenging social and intellectual issues posed by Christianity. But if we had to say something about what “we” believe, we might say something like:
We see the Spirit of God in all people. We see Jesus as human and completely united with the Spirit of God. He made God the center of his life and calls us to join him and do the same and we come together as Church to answer that call. Scripture understood in the light of Jesus reveals God as loving, compassionate, non-violent, and inclusive. Where there is an interpretive opportunity, in light of our experience of Jesus’ presence, CCU will choose the most loving, peace-promoting, and justice serving path, as, we believe, did Jesus himself. We study and reflect upon the Jesus of Scripture as healer and teacher of universal moral principles demonstrating a life lived with humility and a deep passion for social justice, peace and love. We are a church that believes in the importance of environmental stewardship and peacemaking and we are known by the actions of our members in the larger community. We are a church with a sense of celebration and beauty that finds artistic expression of our faith through creative worship, especially through music.
CCU worship can be called traditional with a twist! We have traditional elements of worship such as hymns, an organ, prayers, and of course a sermon…But we also sing songs from around the world. You may hear a drum or guitar, even a trumpet or banjo. We often blend in contemporary songs. Our choir sings everything from classical to jazz and rock and roll. As part of our Disciples heritage we offer communion every Sunday, which is served ohana (family) style, with everyone coming as though to a family table. Everyone present is invited to partake of communion: you do not have to be a member of our church, or any church to take communion. We encourage all ages worship together and have special offerings for children during our service (and childcare and Sunday school for those that can’t make it the whole hour! See our Keiki Ministry page for more information on worshiping with kids.)