The United Congregational Church of Tolland is located at 45 Tolland Green in Tolland, Connecticut. We have had a presence here since 1722 and our church holds a historic and central place in the lives of the community. Likewise, the congregation, through worship, education, varied activities, and mission outreaches, occupies a central place in the hearts of all our members.
We welcome your visit to our church and hope you will find us to be a warm, friendly, and vibrant congregation. We are committed to an ever faithful response to this world's and this community's needs, and we invite you to join with us in being the church we feel called to be. We are a member of the United Church of Christ, a leader in faith and justice issues both nationally and globally.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
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Our faith is 200 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. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship. We prepare our leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and future church . Why? Because God is still speaking.
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 congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love. We teach that offering bread to those in search of it is God’s mission. Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with – not against – people of other faiths. Why? Because God is still speaking.
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 churches must be places of vital worship, learning, and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships. Why? Because God is still speaking.
Isn’t it time for religion with relevance? You’re invited.
We’re not a perfect church, but we do try to be faithful. We are known for arriving early on issues of inclusivity and justice. We were the first to ordain an African-American pastor (1785), a woman (1853), an openly gay person (1972), and the first to affirm same-gender marriage equality (2005). We believe faith requires tenderness and courage, a kind of big love that is committed to changing people’s lives – in our churches, but also in the world around us. We call it religion with relevance. Why not give us a try? We hope you’ll visit us soon.