Introducing Unfailing Love
by Rev. Kevin Daugherty
Unfailing Love is a new ministry in Elizabeth, PA. We are an outreach ministry of the United Christian Church in America (UCCA).
Our mission is simple. We exist to spread the message of God’s love for all people, administer the sacraments, spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and foster inclusive Christian fellowship. As an extension of this basic mission, we plan to use the blog on this website to share information relating to the UCCA, our ministry, and to discuss matters relating to Christianity from a more progressive/inclusive perspective. In terms of outreach to the Elizabeth/McKeesport area, we exist to administer the sacraments to those in need, to create and lead Bible studies, and to eventually gather enough people for a church plant.
Our name comes from Scripture. Psalm 33:5 says, “He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the Lord’s unfailing love”. We are a ministry that believes deeply in the Christian pursuit of righteousness and justice and that God’s love never fails. Jesus’ primary teaching was about love: love for God and love for one another. The Bible reveals that God is love (1 John 4:8), and that love is the fulfillment of the Scriptures (Matthew 7:12, Romans 13:10, Galatians 5:14, James 2:8).
We desire to serve all people with our ministry. We intend to form a community that is welcoming to all, regardless of anyone’s religious background, political party, race, gender, sexual orientation, or age. We are all one in Christ (Galatians 3:26-28, Colossians 3:11, 1 Corinthians 12:12-14). This is what we mean by starting a “progressive” or “inclusive” Christian ministry.
In addition, we also want to be a place where people can ask questions and think seriously about their faith, rather than just having traditional beliefs pushed on them. For us, following Jesus is more about love than believing the right things. This is what makes us different from the many other Christian ministries in the area. Instead of expecting one uniform belief, we believe in love above all else. We believe in serving Christians of all theological/denominational perspectives, religious backgrounds, and nonreligious backgrounds.
We live by two mottos: In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity and Act justly, walk humbly, love mercy (Micah 6:8).
We deeply appreciate these words by John Wesley in his sermon “Catholic Spirit”:
Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences. These remaining as they are, they may forward one another in love and in good works.
If you have ever been excluded from a church for not thinking or feeling the “correct” way or if you are looking for a Christian community rooted in love above all else, please contact us or reach out to us on Facebook.
The United Christian Church in America
Unfailing Love is a ministry of the UCCA. The UCCA is a Christian communion that does not subscribe to denominational theology. We see ourselves as non-sectarian, non-denominational Christians. You can read more about the UCCA here. Please also visit the UCCA website and Facebook page.
The UCCA has the following basic guiding principles, which are further explained here:
We are Christian.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, and proclaim him Lord and Savior. We believe that no one is excluded from the love of God through Jesus Christ.
We believe in the Bible.
We believe in the Bible as the primary source for matters concerning faith and practice. In addition to Scripture, we affirm tradition, reason, and experience as essential sources for doctrine and practice in the Christian Church.
We believe in the Sacraments.
The UCCA recognizes four principal rites of the church: Baptism, Eucharist, Holy Orders, and Marriage.
We maintain a focus on peace and justice.
We believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to minister to the last, the lost, the least, and the left-behind of society, as well as to love and care for others.
We respect theological diversity.
Christian unity does not grow from agreement but instead from respect for our differences. Faith is not about concrete answers, Christian absolutes, or dogma.
We affirm the dignity of all God’s children and welcome all to take their rightful place at God’s table.
We affirm a re-emerging scriptural tradition that instructs us that God’s table must be open to all the People of God. We practice inclusion of all expressions of God’s creation: race, sex, gender identity, age, culture, sexual orientation and faith journey.
We strive to be inclusive.
We affirm an unconditional welcome for all of the People of God, and we seek to create sacred places for the People of God and within the People of God.