In the United Church of Christ, the term “covenant” is used to designate the relationship between congregations and among members of a given congregation. Unlike many Christian congregations who require members to subscribe to a set of beliefs, the bonds between and among us have more to do with a mutual commitment of support and care.
The Constitution of the United Church of Christ recognizes “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.” While we acknowledge the historic witness of the church, we also encourage thoughtful reflection on Scripture and the meaning of faith in this 21st century.
Children become part of our covenanted community through the sacrament of baptism. As adolescents they have the opportunity to reflect upon their own faith and join the covenant as adult members. Adults may join in our covenant by baptism, affirmation of faith, or transfer from another faith community.
Pilgrim’s current covenant was adopted on November 15, 1953:
We are united in striving to know the will of God as taught in the Holy Scriptures, and in our purpose to walk in the ways of the Lord made known or to be made known to us. We therefore join and covenant with each other to worship, work, and serve together as loyal disciples of Jesus, to live within the human community a life of righteousness and neighborly love, and to do all within our power to promote the reign of God’s will in all human relations.