About the 3 Great Loves Initiative

In the fall of 2016, after dialogue between representatives across the denomination, the Board of Directors adopted refreshed purpose, vision and mission statements for the United Church of Christ.

The UCC purpose statement comes from the Gospel of Matthew: To love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and our neighbor as ourselves. The vision: United in Christ's love, a just world for all. And the Mission statement: United in Spirit and inspired by God's grace, we welcome all, love all, and seek justice for all.

3 Great Loves is a denomination wide initiative to live out our purpose, vision, and mission and is a witness to our collective efforts in making a more just world for all as God’s hands and feet. Beginning at Synod 2017 and ending at Synod 2019, through the lens of the 3 Great Loves, the United Church of Christ in its many settings of ministry will discern and lift up how we act upon our Love of God in and through these 3 Great Loves; Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, and Love of Creation. As we do so, we will tell the story of how we are impacting and transforming the world as covenantal partners united in common purpose, vision, and mission.

During these upcoming two years, there will be moments of special invitation to participate in this denomination-wide undertaking. One by one we will focus on each of the 3 Great Loves in service to our communities as we continue to live out the Love of God. Won’t you join in and tell your story? You are already doing and being the Love of God. Let us, together, share the stories of our ministry, and, together, see the extraordinary ways God is transforming the world into a more just place through us.

The 3 Great Loves Toolkit

Resources for your church

3 Great Loves at Synod

Host a 3 Great Loves House Party

Build community, generate interest, and foster commitment