Pastor’s Message

Dear Friends,

No matter where you come from, how old or young you may be, what ethnic background you come from, what sexual identity you associate with – no matter where you are on the journey of life or faith, you are welcome here!

On behalf of the members and friends of Cross Wood, United Church of Christ in Long Beach, California, I welcome you to our web site and invite you to join us for worship some Sunday morning, Tuesday evening or at a labyrinth walk the first Saturday of the month.

It is our hope that you will enjoy getting to know a little about our community while browsing this site. Please give us the opportunity to get to know you by joining us for fellowship following the worship services.

We are a progressive Christian community — one that is forward-thinking, grounded in the unconditional love of God, and not afraid of intellectually engaging our faith in Jesus Christ. Our motto is “Open Minds.  Open Hearts.  Open Arms.”  Our members and friends are on a journey of discovery together toward rediscovering our wholeness.

If you are looking for a place to belong and desire that your faith grow deeper in the knowledge of God and the Christian faith, then consider us! We offer friendship, community and a place to explore life’s many questions.

Wishing you blessings on your journey. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Rev. Richard C. Grauman