“Our Calling: Three Great Loves”
by the Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ
“Three Great Loves,” a shared initiative of United Church of Christ congregations, conferences, and the national setting, engages all of us in faith-inspired work for a more just world. Together, we change lives.
This initiative reflects the deep purpose, mission, and vision of our Christian movement.
Our purpose arises from Jesus’ greatest commandment: we will love the Lord our God with our whole heart, mind, soul, and strength; and our neighbor as ourselves.
Every congregation names its mission slightly differently, but as I travel around the country, I find our congregations living out their purpose through a missional commitment to love, welcome, and justice. Spoken in different ways, we share a common mission: united by the Holy Spirit and inspired by God’s grace, we love all, welcome all, and seek justice for all.
Our mission as the United Church of Christ points towards a shared vision: a just world for all.
Many of us came to the United Church of Christ because of this sense of purpose, mission, and vision. But we need to ensure we do more than speak words. We make our commitment real by embracing Three Great Loves:
The love of Neighbor
The love of Children
The love of Creation
Over the next few weeks, your pastor, Rev. Lawrence Richardson, and people in your congregation will share stories of the ways your congregation and our wider movement live out these Three Great Loves. Additionally, you will be asked to make a commitment of financial support to the work of your local congregation and the wider United Church of Christ. Click here to do it electronically. It has come to my attention that many of you have already submitted your pledge of financial support for the 2020-2021 year in response to the ACTION Project mailing from your pastor, and for this, I want to share my gratitude for your faithfulness and commitment to the love of neighbor, children, and creation.
We believe an entire Christian movement that is willing to engage in an extended time of mission to serve these "Three Great Loves" can change the world. We know that your part in this mission matters – no matter where you are located or how large or small your community.
Friends, the world needs our great love. Together, our love for the world can transform it.
If you are ready to submit your pledge to support LHUCC in 2021, you can do so through a confidential electronic form. Please click on the buttons below to access the forms.
Thank you so much for your generous ongoing stewardship of Linden Hills UCC.