The Harrisburg Association:
Who Are We?
We are the local churches of the United Church of Christ in the geographical area of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and adjacent areas.
Where Are We?
Seventeen churches currently comprise the Harrisburg Association, located throughout Dauphin County, the eastern edge of Cumberland County, and the western edge of Schuylkill County.
What Do We Believe?
We believe Jesus Christ calls us as churches, ministers, and laypersons, to enter into a covenantal relationship which affords blessings and entails responsibilities. Among the blessings are shared fellowship and service, united witness of our faith and traditions, and benefit of one another's gifts, graces, and talents. Among the responsibilities are encouragement in word and deed, willingness to work together to address common problems, and commitment to participate in the life and work of the larger church. Aware of our interdependence, we enter this covenant committing ourselves to the nurturing and enriching of every church every minister, and every local church member within the bounds of the Association.
The Association, together with the United Church of Christ, acknowledges as its sole Head, Jesus Christ, Son of God and Savior. It acknowledges as kindred in Christ all who share in this confession. It looks to the Word of God in the Scriptures, and to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, to propser its creative and redemptive work in the world. It claim as its own the faith of the historic Church, expressed in the ancient creeds and reclaimed in the basic insights of teh Protestant Reformers. It affirms the responsibility of the Church in each generation to make this faith its own in reality of worship, in honesty of thought and expression, and in purity of heart before God. In accordance with the teaching of our Lord and the practive prevailing among evangelical Christians, it recognizes two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion.