Worship at Amistad Chapel UCC is a spirit-filled opportunity to be embraced in a Jesus community, to grow deeper in sacred awareness of the Holy Spirit and to know the challenge and love of God’s mercy. Music is vibrant. Stories and holy lessons are shared. And each week we gather around the large altar table to feast in communion with Christ.
Amistad Chapel graces the first floor of the national offices of the United Church of Christ, the Church House at 700 Prospect Avenue East in the Historic Gateway Neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.
A place of marvelous beauty: From the sound and feel of water the moment you step through its doors, to the magnificent canopy of light and glass overhead as the community gathers at the wooden table that calls us to the feast of God, to a stone floor and the walls that sweep through the space…recognized as a “Cool Space” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, there is nothing quite like this place in all of the city.
A place of prayer: in the midst of busy downtown Cleveland, you can stop in for a few moments of quiet reflection, or join us for worship that will feed your soul and send you out into the world refreshed and renewed.
A place that tells a story: The Amistad Chapel design and furnishings remind us of the 19th-century ship, La Amistad, and the captives it carried, whose struggle for freedom – “a story of faith and courage at sea” – inspired our Congregationalist forebears to stand with them in the fight against slavery. Their story continues to inspire our witness for justice for all who are oppressed or marginalized in any way
A place of community: Amistad Chapel UCC is a gathering of followers of Jesus. We seek to love kindness, do justice and walk humbly with God by living out the United Church of Christ core values of extravagant hospitality, changing lives, and continuing testament. We seek to be a community of Christians who celebrate and live in openness to the voice of the Still Speaking God. We celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of each expression of God’s diverse family as well as our oneness in Christ. As we seek to live Christ’s compassion and promote justice, healing and wholeness of life, we welcome into our community persons of every gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and physical ability, age, race, nationality, economic and social status, faith background, marital standing and family structure; and we invite them to share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities, blessings and joys of our congregation as we seek to grow together in faith and love.
A sanctuary for all: Amistad Chapel is both a sacred place for the spiritually hungry and a safe space for all who seek refuge in the all-embracing love of God.