Our UCCI mission statement says “We will love God, all others, and the earth by providing sanctuary, practicing hospitality, and performing ministry”.
Moon Beach, Pilgrim Center, and Cedar Valley bring this mission statement to life every day at each site. We offer a peaceful reprieve from the stresses and demands of the world, if only for a few days or a week. Our programs are open to anyone regardless of race, color, ethnic background, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We have program offerings for people of all ages. We make every effort to accommodate differing abilities in our programs and on our facilities. These are more than words we speak – it is how we run our programs and live our lives. Our staff stands ready to welcome everyone into the community at Moon Beach, Pilgrim Center, and Cedar Valley.
Our goal is to warmly welcome all people into our community; provide delicious and healthy food; and offer comfortable and attractive facilities where our guests will feel at home during their time with us. We celebrate our differences and explore our similarities. Most of all, we strive to make your experience with us memorable and meaningful for you.
We hope you will join us at one of our many camps, retreats, and other gatherings at our beautiful sites!
While many of our campers are members at local UCC churches across Wisconsin, many other campers come from out of the state or attend other churches. Some of our participants attend no church, but find that the community and sanctuary of our sites feed their spiritual needs.
The UCC prides itself as a denomination where there are no forbidden or wrong questions about faith. Our faith is to be explored, shared with others in community, and lived out through our word and deed. Our days are ripe with opportunities to share our faith through kind words and good deeds. Our camps provide a place apart from the sometimes-rough and tumble world where we can relax and rejuvenate – and express our faith in tangible ways.
The UCC has a long history of social justice ministries and engagement. As early as 1700 our predecessors took an early stand against slavery. In 1785 the church ordained the first African American pastor. In the 1800s we established a school for the deaf, the first foreign mission society, and the first anti-slavery society. The first woman pastor was ordained in 1853 and the first openly gay pastor was ordained in 1972. Even today we strive to live out these early commitments in our local churches and through the programs at Cedar Valley, Pilgrim Center and Moon Beach. Faith is not real unless it is lived out in our lives.