Glade is a progressive Christian community—welcoming, compassionate, and joyful. We love and care for one another. We strive to discern God’s still-speaking voice through worship, study, fellowship, and service. We work for peace and social, economic, and ecological justice. We seek a greater understanding of others, and thus ourselves, recognizing that all persons are members of our one human family. Our community prepares and sustains us as we work together to bring about the world that we believe God intends.
Who we are, what we believe, and where we come from
Glade Church is dually aligned with the United Church of Christ and the Alliance of Baptists.
The United Church of Christ is a community of faith seeking to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The UCC, one of the most diverse Christian Churches in the United States, is a denomination committed to being "united and uniting." The UCC's motto is Jesus' prayer for the unity of the Church: "that they may all be one."
The Alliance of Baptists is "an alliance of individuals and churches dedicated to the preservation of historic Baptist principles, freedoms, and traditions and to the expression of our ministry through cooperative relationships with other Baptist bodies and the larger faith community."
Glade Church occupies facilities erected in 1902 as St. Peter's Lutheran Church. The property was eventually sold to Baptists in the early 1970s to form a mission congregation of Blacksburg Baptist Church.
In 1974, Glade Baptist Church constituted as an autonomous faith community. In 1997, the congregation unanimously decided that it could no longer affiliate with the political fundamentalism of the Southern Baptist Convention.
In 2000, the congregation began exploring a relationship with the United Church of Christ (UCC) and, in April 2003, received standing in this body as Glade Church, joining the UCC's Shenandoah Association of the Central Atlantic Conference.
In 2014, the congregation voted to incorporate and we are now Glade Church, Inc.
Commitments We Have Made
Here at Glade we express our commitment to our values in tangible ways.
WE ARE AN OPEN AND AFFIRMING CHURCH
Everyone is welcome at our table. Gay, straight, single, married, widowed, divorced, rich, poor, healthy, ill, left, right, sure or unsure. For many years, Glade and the United Church of Christ have welcomed members of the the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and we seek to continue to widen that welcome. The congregation voted to be “Open & Affirming” in 2003 and LGBT persons are fully a part of our community and our church’s leadership. While we are advocates for marriage equality and seek to further understanding about sexuality, several of our members have been known to say something like, “I love it that we are welcome here, but I am especially glad that my sexuality is not considered all that interesting.” Be who you are. Love who you love.
WE ARE A SAFE CHURCH
Children are a vital and vibrant part of our community. We want them to have so much fun here that they become the ones pushing their parents to attend. We want them to build meaningful friendships and learn the stories of our faith. We want them to experience the love of God and this community. And, we want them to be safe.