The Kenilworth Union Church is the oldest Christian nondenominational community church in America, a Christian family of faith who comes together to worship, to find spiritual inspiration and guidance and then goes out in service to others. The church is located at 211 Kenilworth Avenue in Kenilworth, IL and our members largely come from the nearby communities of Kenilworth, Wilmette, Winnetka, Evanston, Glenview, Northfield and Glencoe.
The first constitution adopted by the church reads: “This church was organized for the worship of God and the advancement of His Kingdom. We acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ as the Great Head of the church and receive the Holy Scriptures as authoritative in matters of faith and life. We believe that Christ’s church is one and pray for the realization of its unity through all the earth. Recognizing the minor differences which exist among believers as being consistent with Christian integrity, we have united a church of Jesus Christ upon the great essentials of the Christian faith.”
Today, Kenilworth Union Church defines itself as an ecumenical church community whose identity is formed by its devotion to God. Independent of any particular denomination, the church sees itself as a part of the wider Christian community. Kenilworth Union actively supports other denominational efforts, especially in our outreach, mission and support of seminary students.
What We Believe
Kenilworth Union Church is a nondenominational church. While we are not a church that subscribes to a particular set of creeds or confessions, we do share in the theological tradition of Protestant faith.
Kenilworth Union church believes:
- God is active in the world and in each of our lives. We believe in the living God who creates and sustains us and all life by his power and his love.
- By God’s grace, we are loved, forgiven and strengthened to respond to God’s call on our life to live by the great commandment: “To love God with our whole heart, mind, and soul, and our neighbors as ourselves.”
- In the person of Jesus Christ we know what God is like and who we are to be like. The same Holy Spirit that empowered and guided Jesus in his ministry and teaching, continues to be present among us, encouraging us to work for peace, justice and reconciliation in our broken world.
- The Bible is the Word of God (not words of God) written by different people influenced by their particular time, place and culture. This sacred book is a collection of diverse voices that tell of the experience of God. The Bible is a record of faith, a source of values, a witness to the person and power of Jesus Christ. It contains enduring truths that remain relevant today.
- All of us are on a faith journey that continues throughout our lives. Through scripture, study, prayer and worship, our journey finds its focus in the teachings and example of Jesus. In the community of the church, we share both our understandings and our questions as we seek to grow deeper in faith.
- In response to the gift of God’s loving kindness, we have a responsibility to live out what we say we believe…in our homes, in our workplaces, in how we treat others, in sharing what we have, in the ethics we practice, and in the priorities we hold and live by.