We are the Dunbar United Church of Christ on the corner of Dunbar Hill Road and Benham street, in Hamden, CT. I’ve been pastor here since February, 1994. This church started in the late 1940’s when a group neighborhood people got together to worship each Sunday at the Fire House. After a few years, they bought the land across the street (which was a farm), and the church building was completed in 1957. You can find out more about The United Church of Christ on the internet at www.ucc.org.
Ours is an Open and Affirming church. That means we honor the image of God in every person, regardless of race, color, age, ability, or sexual orientation. We hope each person who enters our church feels welcomed. My work as pastor is to keep the focus always on Jesus Christ. This is his church and his life, teaching, and spirit are what we proclaim, and, hopefully, what we practice. Practice is the word. No matter how long we have been walking with Jesus, we all see ourselves as beginners on the Christian path. There are no saints here, no spiritual masters. We’re all just travelers on this long and slow sojourn through the wilderness we call life. Here on the corner of Dunbar Hill Road and Benham Street we join each Sunday at ten o’clock and listen to the ancient wisdom of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. Sometimes the wisdom sinks in.
The apostle Paul told the
Philippians to be of the same mind as Christ, “having the same love” and doing
“nothing from selfish ambition or conceit,” but to “ in all humility regard
others as better than yourselves.” This “mind of Christ” is the one we seek to
cultivate here, the mind that heals, comforts and loves even the worst among us,
even our enemies.
George Manukas, pastor