However, I just came across this article – looks like they are going to vote on a declaration on whether or not Jesus is Lord. Now, you’d think it would be a no-brainer for them, but even though it is part of their doctrine, they don’t want to sound judgemental. As one pastor said,
"…there is a judgmental quality to it that implies very strongly that those who do not agree with us are condemned or damned or hopeless – and that’s exactly the thing that UCC is against."
This brings up the question – if you believe in something, of course, it is important that you say it with the right attitude. But when is a truth offensive in and of itself? Even Paul the apostle, who desired to "become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some" (1 Cor. 9) also said "we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles," (1 Cor 1:23). Is it really important that they don’t publicly affirm the Lordship of Jesus, though they believe it?
BTW, their statement of faith, which is long with many parts, is also very good in that it has a question/answer section after each statement of faith (see the Presbyterian Catechism). Nice apologetic.