The UCC Belief
The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world. The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where “…they may all be one” (John 17:21).
The Church of Firsts
Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities. The UCC’s many “firsts” mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith. When we read in Galatians: “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus”—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement. Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.
A Church of Extravagant Welcome
Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in the United States and abroad. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. And we sustain and develop church leaders, pastors, and our local churches to live their faith in exciting new ways. We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive. We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.
We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.
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A Brief History of New Creation
New Creation UCC was formed through the unification of 3 Easton Area UCC Churches through 2 separate consolidations. On April 6, 2003 a vote was taken to approve St. Mark’s UCC (West Ward, Easton) and St. Peter’s UCC (South Side, Easton) consolidating. The first worship service of the newly consolidated Faith Unity UCC was held on June 15, 2003.
In November 2008 Faith Unity UCC and in December of 2008 Memorial UCC (Wilson Borough, Easton) each voted to consolidate their congregations. The first worship service of the newly consolidated New Creation UCC was held on May 4, 2009. On Sunday May 2, 2010 New Creation broke ground on its current location of 3730 Nicholas St. Easton, PA. The first service in this new location was held March 6, 2011.
Rev Cecilia & Jameson Baxter
The Rev. Jameson Baxter graduated from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities with a concentration in Theology and the Arts in 2016. He graduated from Concordia University Saint Paul with a BA in Theatre in 2008. Jameson joined New Creation in August 2017 and was officially installed as co-pastor with Rev. Cecilia Baxter in October 2017. He considers himself equal parts artist, musician, storyteller and theologian and is passionate about creating brave spaces for people to express themselves through the arts. Outside of local church ministry Jameson facilitates ArtsQuest’s Creative Aging program which brings collaborative arts experiences to older adults. Jameson is married to Rev. Cecilia Baxter and enjoys being able to serve together and live life together along with their two boys, Henry and Simon.
The Rev. Cecilia Baxter graduated from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities with dual concentrations in Justice and Peace Studies and Pastoral Care and Counseling in 2013. She graduated from Catawba College with a BA in Christian Ed in 2009. In 2015, Cecilia was selected to be a part of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative, a program sponsored by the Pension Boards of the United Church of Christ, that equips, energizes and empowers younger UCC local church pastors to build vibrant congregations through a decade-long relationship. Cecilia joined New Creation in August 2017 and was officially installed as co-pastor with Rev. Jameson Baxter in October 2017. She enjoys nutrition, cooking, music, art, camping and above all, being a mom to Henry and Simon.