We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically
Christian... Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition
are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and
remain "true to our native land," the mother continent,
the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage
through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the
long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and
courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as
a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through
cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries
which address the Black Community.
Trinity United Church of Christ adopted the Black Value System
written by the Manford Byrd Recognition Committee chaired by Vallmer
Jordan in 1981. We believe in the following 12 precepts and covenantal
statements. These Black Ethics must be taught and exemplified
in homes, churches, nurseries and schools, wherever Blacks are
gathered. They must reflect on the following concepts:
- Commitment to God
- Commitment to the Black Community
- Commitment to the Black Family
- Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
- Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
- Adherence to the Black Work Ethic
- Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
- Disavowal of the Pursuit of "Middleclassness"
- Pledge to make the fruits of all developing
and acquired skills available to the Black Community
- Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources
for Strengthening and Supporting Black Institutions
- Pledge allegiance to all Black leadership
who espouse and embrace the Black Value System
- Personal commitment to embracement of
the Black Value System.
The Pastor as well as the membership of Trinity United Church
of Christ is committed to a 10-point Vision:
- A congregation committed to ADORATION.
- A congregation preaching SALVATION.
- A congregation actively seeking RECONCILIATION.
- A congregation with a non-negotiable COMMITMENT
- A congregation committed to BIBLICAL
- A congregation committed to CULTURAL
- A congregation committed to the HISTORICAL
EDUCATION OF AFRICAN PEOPLE IN DIASPORA.
- A congregation committed to LIBERATION.
- A congregation committed to RESTORATION.
- A congregation working towards ECONOMIC