“We Enagage and Embrace ALL as we seek to Embody Christ!”
Central Union story began in 1833 with the Seamens Bethel, on the waterfront, to minister to English-speaking sailors from whaling and trading ships. e worship services attracted a number of English-speaking townspeople, who in 1837 organized themselves as Oahu Bethel Church. Hence two groups, seaman and townspeople, worshipped at Seamens Bethel. As Oahu Bethels numbers grew, and ship calls increased, need for a separate church became evident. In 1852 some Oahu Bethel members In to form what was to become Fort Street Church. Oahu Bethel continued to exist, later renaming itself Bethel Union Church.Read More
In 1886 a raging waterfront re destroyed the Seamens Bethel, still Bethel Unions home. e idea sum- faced of combining Bethel Union, now without a home, with the well-established Fort Street Church. In 1887 a formal merger created Central Union Church, with 337 members.
In 1892 Central Union moved into a splendid new “blue-stone” (volcanic basalt) building across from Washington Place, Queen Liliuokalani’s resi:dence. Within 15 years, however, rapid growth plus noise and ventilation problems created pressures to move. Read Less
In 1920, Central Unions then-pastor Dr. Albert Palmer chose a desirable 8.3-acre site at Punahou and Beretania streets. e site was “Woodlawn,” for years the residence and dairy farm of prominent busi- nessman B.F Dillingham and his family. Mrs. (Emma Louise) Dillingham, by then a widow; agreed to sell: she had been a member of the church since Bethel Union days. In 1922, the cornerstone was laid, and the present sanctuary. designed in traditional New England style, was completed in 1924. If you are an avid history buff or enthusiastic archivist, who would love to get involved in helping us preserve our rich history please visit this link.
God’s love gives us hope
We strive to discern God’s Direction in our lives
Becoming the person God created us to be
Joyfully attend to each others needs
We are inspired by God to heal brokenness
Loving God and loving others
We believe in the true God: Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.
We believe that each person is unique and valuable. It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.
We believe that each person is on a spiritual journey and that each of us is at a different stage of that journey.
We believe that the persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God, engendering love, strengthening faith, dissolving guilt, and giving life purpose and direction.
We believe that all of the baptized 'belong body and soul to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.' No matter who – no matter what – no matter where we are on life's journey – notwithstanding race, gender, sexual orientation, class or creed – we all belong to God and to one worldwide community of faith. All persons baptized – past, present and future – are connected to each other and to God through the sacrament of baptism. We baptize during worship when the community is present because baptism includes the community's promise of 'love, support and care' for the baptized – and we promise that we won't take it back – no matter where your journey leads you.
We believe that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ's table for the sacrament of Communion. Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church. The breaking of bread and the pouring of wine reminds us of the costliness of Christ's sacrifice and the discipleship to which we are all called. In the breaking of bread, we remember and celebrate Christ's presence among us along with a 'cloud of witnesses' – our ancestors, family and friends who have gone before us. It is a great mystery; we claim it by faith.
We believe the UCC is called to be a united and uniting church. "That they may all be one." (John 17:21) "In essentials–unity, in non-essentials–diversity, in all things–charity," These UCC mottos survive because they touch core values deep within us. The UCC has no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to creeds or structures. Its overarching creed is love. UCC pastors and teachers are known for their commitment to excellence in theological preparation, interpretation of the scripture and justice advocacy. Even so, love and unity in the midst of our diversity are our greatest assets.
We believe that God calls us to be servants in the service of others and to be good stewards of the earth's resources. 'To believe is to care; to care is to do.'
We believe that the UCC is called to be a prophetic church. As in the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls the church to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor and comfort the afflicted.
We believe in the power of peace, and work for nonviolent solutions to local, national, and international problems.
We are a people of possibility. In the UCC, members, congregations and structures have the breathing room to explore and to hear … for after all, God is still speaking, ...