Bethany is affiliated nationally with the United Church of Christ [UCC] (https://www.ucc.org/) and the Southern New England Conference of the UCC (https://www.sneucc.org/) regionally. Our longstanding denominational relationship is based on covenant and collaboration, whereby we agree to resource, support, and serve one another. As a congregation, we are entirely self-governed as a 501c3 non-profit organization.
We are an “Open and Affirming” congregation grounded in the teaching and example of Jesus, who welcomed all people into his Beloved Community, excluding none because of identity or characteristics. Like everyone else, we are not perfect, nor do we have all the answers. We are instead a faith community drawn together by the common purpose of living and serving with the love and justice of Jesus.
Though the ancient origin of the name “Bethany” is uncertain, it is believed to mean “house of the poor” or “afflicted.” In the Bible, Bethany was a small, hillside village two miles outside of Jerusalem, on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives. It may have been called Bethany because it served as an almshouse for the poor and refuge for the sick.
We hope to love, live, and serve faithfully under that great biblical name. We are all on a journey. We all have needs. We all need each other. We are doing our best to be courageous and compassionate, humble and kind, faithful and hopeful. Join us on that journey!
Our Full-Time Interim Pastor
Rev. Bruce Greer brings 42 years of pastoral experience to Bethany Church and a passion for renewing congregations. He has served as a pastor, interim pastor, researcher, and chaplain. In addition to master’s degrees in divinity, theology, and sociology, he completed the 12-month full-time clinical pastoral education/chaplain-residency program at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver.
Our New Pastor Starts in May
The Rev. Christopher Dodge https://www.firstparishwestwood.org was recently called to be our next Pastor and will join us starting May17th. He brings over 20 years of experience as a minister in the United Church of Christ. Rev. Dodge brings expertise in preaching, worship, and pastoral leadership. The Bethany congregation voted unanimously to call him on February 23, 2020, and looks forward to a long and fruitful ministry partnership with him.