For too long now, people have used religion as a weapon or tool to justify their own narrow agendas. Raised as a Christian, I was taught that God was loving and merciful. Jesus wanted us to welcome and embrace our neighbors no matter who they are, and open our homes and hearts to strangers in need. Too many so-called Christians spread messages of hatred and division, using the moral justification that Christianity provides for power and control, whilst acting in ways which are completely anathema to the teachings of the Gospel.

Clackamas United Church of Christ is reclaiming the original, inclusive message of Christ by practicing what they preach. Pastor Adam welcomes all to his sermons with love and acceptance regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or any other the other ways we choose to divide ourselves as human beings.

"God loves you relentlessly and eternally because God is love," is one of Pastor Adam's core principles. The fact that this kind of open-hearted approach is going viral, as opposed to simply being the norm, tells you everything about the direction that many churches have taken. The Pastor's signs preach a loving and progressive worldview that, for me at least, is what Christianity should be all about.

Scroll down to see how Clackamas United Church of Christ choose to spread the Word of the Lord, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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The Girl on Fire
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1 year ago

If only this was the mentality most Christians had....

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"I came to the Clackamas United Church of Christ about a year and a half ago and realized that we needed to get our message out into the neighborhood," Pastor Adam told Bored Panda. "People saw our building, but didn't know what our values were. So we started a fundraiser for the sign and I started posting those messages. People began to stop as they drove by to thank me for the messages. But I didn't know it would have an online impact, too."

"Amidst the pain of the world and all the hate, people are thirsty for something deeper. The truth of the Gospel is that all people are loved. The sin is when we start treating certain people and groups as if they are not loved. Jesus was most critical of those who used religion as an excuse to marginalize others. We are merely seeking to follow Jesus in the best way we can."

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Eusebius Tan
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1 year ago

THE CHURCH SAYS TRANS RIGHTS!

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Monty Glue
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1 year ago

In addition to being a man of faith, he also has the gift of wit and humor.

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When Pastor Adam arrived at the United Church of Christ, regular numbers were down to around only 30 or so people. "I’m convinced that one of the many reasons people aren’t coming to church, churches like ours, is because they don’t know that we’re there and they don’t know our message," he said. "So I thought, how are we going to get the message out?" It was then that the church held a fundraiser so that they could buy the message board.

"I decided that we needed to be bold with our message of love and inclusion, especially for those who are marginalized especially by religion. My goal is is to be part of a larger movement that is reframing or redefining Christianity so that it's based on God's love for all people, but especially those who are marginalized."


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Foxxy
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1 year ago (edited)

Jesus loved everyone, now if only all “Christians” did the same.

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Calypso poet
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1 year ago

That’s how all religions should think.

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Adam's message is getting through. He has received widespread support in the community from all areas, from fellow Christians to members of other faiths and atheists alike. "There are so many of us who are trying to get this message out and whether we do it in the name of God or the name of humanity or the name of God and humanity -- I say amen, let's do this."

"I just want people to know that God loves them and we love them and we’re for them. It sounds so cheesy but that’s the basic message!"

Other, more conservative Churches in the area have been generally accepting of the new direction at the United Church of Christ,and Adam says that negative reactions have been extremely rare. "One guy stopped as I was changing the sign and told me I didn't understand the Bible," he told us. "But that's been most of the criticism. Everyone else honks, or says 'great job!' It's been very supportive."

"There is a big movement, not just in my generation but in all generations, of people looking for a more inclusive faith. We find it in Jesus."



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Dana
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1 year ago

YES IT IS!

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Monty Glue
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1 year ago

Props to the to Pastor Adam for quoting the pope when the Pastor isn't even Catholic.

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Monty Glue
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1 year ago

I begin to get the feeling Mr. Trump didn't earn this pastor's vote......

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Giette Hulsbosch
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1 year ago

she <3

Janine B.
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1 year ago

We all know God looks like Alanis Morissette. :)

Jodi Moreno
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1 year ago

I love that movie!! <3

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Amberly Middlemiss
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1 year ago

if God HIMSELF refers to Himself as a He, then out of respect Christians should too. There's such a thing as too progressive

K
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1 year ago

the only problem here is that God refers to himself as He, so He had a reason for it...dont alter the bible, never ever

Martin Blinger
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Bc it has never been altered?

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Sarah Laurent
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1 year ago

<3 <3 <3

bpanther
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1 year ago

My sentiments from the first time I saw a beautiful woman as a child... my mother !!!

Something
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1 year ago

With the increased use of the plural pronouns as a gender-neutral singular, it should be "they".

Loretta
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1 year ago

I think they were trying to say that God could be a woman, they don't have to be a man.

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BangtanSonyeondan_ARMY
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1 year ago

i love this with everything in me. SHE. Ah that sounds great.

Lyop
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1 year ago

Told ya God was a woman :D!!

K
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1 year ago

some of those in this chain. Guys, if you once pick up the bible you will notice, that women are in the bible, and some of them were greatly praised. Just pick new testament book, Paul, a well-know author of many books of New Testament himself picks out female charathers of his time and appreciates them. stop judging the bible and God regarding what you hear from other. Pick up the book and decide for yourself.

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Kleebie Cat
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Absolutely heretical.

Agnes Jekyll
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1 year ago

like separating children from their parents isn't? Like polluting the earth so no one else can use it and future generations will starve isn't? Like having generations of wealth so that others go without isn't heretical?

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And the way she impregnated Mary?

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Paulo P
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1 year ago

Churches should pay taxes too.

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Moo Moo Futch
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1 year ago

This is incredible. So many LGBTQ+ people want to worship but have been forced out of their religious places of worship just because of how they were born. This church is really truly the meaning of love and compassion by saying that EVERYONE is welcome. No questions asked.

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Falcon
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1 year ago

Those are pretty dark clouds in the background. 🤔

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Elisabeth Bergbom
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1 year ago

Past tense should be present tense

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AloofFox
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1 year ago

Awe ~

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Amr Mohamed
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1 year ago

Truth!

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Heiko Fischer
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1 year ago

Eat that, Trump! 🖕

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

And the US still believe they don’t have a gun problem 🙄

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ADHORTATOR
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1 year ago

Sounds interesting

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Link
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1 year ago

I agree with this completely. As someone who has been body shamed his whole life, you should think about how commenting on someone's body negatively could affect their life

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I find a lot of people who say they are Christians have never actually read the Bible and pick out parts and twist them to fit their needs.

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Turnip and a Frog
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1 year ago

Carol Ann Duffy? That would be great 😃

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Pseudo Puppy
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1 year ago

Lisa S, millions of people have been slaughtered, thousands of nations and cultures have been wiped from existence... in the name of the christian god. In the US, to this day, there continues to be hundreds of deaths within US land, in the name of christian faith. Stop being so naive to think that only muslims kill in the name of their god.

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Amr Mohamed
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1 year ago

Love this one!

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

That is too many and so very sad. There needs to be something drastic done to help.

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AloofFox
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1 year ago

People are not disposable tools to be used then thrown away.

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Monty Glue
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1 year ago (edited)

Fun fact: Of the 7.5 billion people on earth, only 1 billion reside in North and South America combined. Our continents are virtually empty, yet there is no room left in our lifeboat. Odd?

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Tracey Tait
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1 year ago

Seriously? This guy is sending messages of love and inclusion and you're nit picking his spelling? Want to bag on his fashion as well?

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

Love this one. Going to hell is a huge lie built by religion that if you sin you go to hell which isn’t true. The lie was invented by churches to fear monger people to believe and follow the Christian faith.

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Martti Laurson
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1 year ago

Is sunday 10.30 the only time I have to love my neighbour?

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Whatshername
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1 year ago

Grace makes no difference. Naughty girl!

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