who are we?
We are Red Deer Lake United Church!
We’re a group of people a lot like you.
We work, play, raise families, make dinner, watch sports, enjoy retirement, go fishing, create things, go on hikes, struggle and wonder, read books and watch movies.
We come together to be the church – people who explore the faith and spirituality of Jesus, finding there what it means to be human and a life connected to God, each other, and ourselves; life as it was meant to be, a life of beauty, wonder, love, and justice. This is why RDLUC is so much more than a building. It’s a group of real people who come together to do their best to live out their faith and make this world more like the one God wanted it to be.
While beliefs and values within the United Church of Canada can be quite diverse, we find ourselves more or less in the middle. The New Creed (United Church) is one statement of faith from the United Church we believe represents what you'll find here.
the new creed
We are not alone,
we live in God's world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God's presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.
In life, in death,
in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.
RDLUC Behavioral Covenant
"In this place & community:
We acknowledge and respect with gratitude
the people of Treaty 7 lands.
We are Jesus to each other,
see God in all people,
love, support, and care for one another,
strive to listen and understand.
We, being affirming people, celebrate our diversity,
strive to be radically hospitable and
extravagantly welcoming to everyone
regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity,
mental health, cultural and racial diversity, or physical limitations.
We ask questions and practice doubt,
assume we are all doing our best,
practice non-violence in all its forms,
honour all kinds and levels of contribution and involvement,
practice grace, forgiveness, and reconciliation,
create room for all,
and walk humbly with God.
We invite you to join us."
our guiding values
We gather to explore and grow in the faith and spirituality of Jesus. We understand Jesus shows us a new way of being human and alive in this world, and we gather to become more like the kinds of people he invites us to be: people of love and peace who have joined in on what God is doing in the world.
We are an inclusive and affirming Christian community that celebrates and honours diversity. We strive to be people of belonging, where people are loved for who they are, where friendships are forged, and where everyone is made to feel at home.
We understand hospitality isn’t just coffee and saying ‘welcome!,' but the work of making people feel at home. It is an outward posture of creating space for people to belong and connect with God, others, and themselves.
We aspire to be a people and place that recognize and respond to the spiritual, emotional, and communal needs of ourselves and one another, and where space is made to learn how to navigate life well, at all its stages.
We believe we are called to make a creative difference in the world, doing what we can to not only learn about justice issues, but actively do our part to make this world more like the one God created it to be.