The Trinity

The United Church believes in God the creator, the Holy Spirit as divine inspiration and Jesus Christ as God’s son, messenger, teacher and standard for peace and justice in the world. It affirms a belief in the Bible as the primary source and standard of the Christian faith, augmented by the teachings of the early Christian creeds, the doctrines of the Reformation and faithful study and reflection today. The 1925 Basis of Union and 1940 Statement of Faith are the key testimonies of United Church faith.

The Bible

John_1The United Church believes the Bible is a source of enduring wisdom that can bring us closer to God. It remains one of our best ways of experiencing God’s continuing work of creation and liberation in the world, while offering us forgiveness, healing, and new life in Jesus. The United Church believes the Bible’s stories and teachings have a mysterious power to transform our lives.


A sacrament is a symbolic action, or ritual, by which people of faith encounter the presence and goodness of God. In a sacrament, ordinary things like water, bread, and wine are used to point us to God and God’s love, reminding us of the sacred in life. In the United Church, we celebrate two sacraments: baptism, the ritual that formally recognizes we belong to the Christian community, and communion, a symbolic meal initiated by Jesus. The United Church invites all to share in this meal. These two sacraments are of central importance to our faith


Jesus welcomed everyone, whether they were poor or rich; ill or healthy; self-made or educated; popular or a loner; secure or full of doubts. The United Church of Canada prides itself on welcoming everyone the way Jesus did, regardless of age, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

Social Justice

Caring for one another was central to Jesus’ teachings: Feed the hungry, satisfy the thirsty, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, care for the sick, visit those in prison. We believe in working together, through God’s grace, for a better world. To this end, we cooperate with other churches, faith traditions, and people of goodwill at home and abroad to eliminate poverty and protect those who are most vulnerable. The United Church works with 143 partner churches and organizations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America partners to care for vulnerable persons beyond our normal reach.