The Altadena Community Church is “church as it could be” in America. For over 80 years, the church has acted on two great core values of peace and acceptance. These rise out of the conviction that at the center of the gospels is a message of love, while rejecting the legalisms that set us apart and distance us from one another.
As followers of Jesus, we are here to love God, to love each other, and to work to widen the circle so that all are truly welcome. This is represented in our early decision to become intentionally welcoming to the LGBTQ community.
If you were to visit us on a Friday evening, you might find a weekly peace vigil outdoors to keep the people of the Ukraine in the forefront of our prayers. If you came by on Saturday mornings, you would find a food pantry running for neighbors who are food insecure. We do this with our neighboring congregations known as “A.C.T.S,” (Altadena Congregations Together Serving). And, if you returned on Sunday for our 10:00 a.m. service, you would find a small, committed, giving, and caring congregation who truly love their church and their community. (You will also hear a fine music program!)
The poet Rilke said, “This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.”
The Rev. Dr. Paul Tellström
Altadena Community Church was founded in 1940 and strengthened in 1968 by breakaway groups seeking a freedom of religious thought they had not found in other churches. One early statement of faith was affirmed as "a testimony, not a test" and encouraged members in "their own free responsibility to interpret the word of God." In 1967 ACC joined the United Church of Christ, a denomination of self-governing congregations from different faith streams. In 1986 ACC became the thirteenth UCC congregation nationwide to declare itself Open and Affirming—people of all sexual orientations are welcome. Whoever you are or wherever you are on your journey, you are welcome here. Click here for more
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