Spiritually Alive, Joyfully Inclusive, Committed to Justice. This is the briefest and most succinct way we can define ourselves.
However, if we have more time and a few more words we would say Orchard Ridge UCC is a member of the United Church of Christ. We consist of approximately 500 members from the Madison/Dane County area. We are a progressive congregation trying to make the Christian faith relevant in today’s world. We are deeply committed to social action, a vibrant worship life, and a ministry with children and youth. We welcome visitors and guests at all our functions.
Our commitment is to walk together in the journey of faith. While a distinctly Christian congregation, we welcome theological inquiry, insights from other faiths, and those with serious questions and doubts. Seekers and doubters abound in our midst among guests and members alike.
We are an Open and Affirming church
Since 1993 we have been publicly open and affirming of all people regardless of age, race, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity and economic status.
We believe in the value of children
We believe that children are spiritual beings who come to us as gifts from God. We seek to help them grow in their own faith, while being exposed to spiritual practices. We seek to nurture, support and challenge them through service, education, vocational discernment and exposure to different religious faiths.
We are a Sanctuary Church
In June 2017, we became a sanctuary church, offering our time, energy, financial resources and our building to qualifying undocumented residents as they seek to conclude their legal cases with the federal government.