Our Presbyterian Identity

eHFOLE4etKx2kM3AcTxDG-w,GZ9hNJr0nNuQOViDtshP91I4VlGTalmTYCS7ht46ggg,og-6p6gnGdONfGdxf-QYxB7hEF0QTFL2nGEgdNvwbuQ,vUbg79AUjLNi5IidsCskCehEOxT19Zg3munaayPETS8[2]At PCUM, our calling as a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is to tell and show — through worship, learning, mutual care and service to others — the Good News that, in Jesus Christ, a God whose identity is love comes close to all who struggle with isolation, injustice and questions of self-worth.

For our Reformed branch of Protestant Christianity, the God who created everything takes the initiative by reaching out in Christ to each of us and to a broken world.  The gifts God offers are salvation abundant life that come from being in relationship with God, as well as the vision of peace and justice for all people. For Presbyterian Christians, living a "good life," believing the right way, or even working for a better world do not provide the relationship with God that gives human life meaning and purpose. Only God can do that, and that is exactly what God does! 

At PCUM, our entire life of faith and minsitry is simply our grateful, committed response to that reality. To follow and grow closer to God, Presbyterians value education and an informed, lovingly-critical engagement with the real world and with God's authoritative Word in the Bible's Old and New Testaments.

To find out more about the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and to access a wide variety of information on the church and opportunities for service, visit  http://www.pcusa.org/

To learn more about Presbyterian history, go to  http://history.pcusa.org/


The Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair (PCUM) is a member of the Presbytery of Newark, a collaborative and mutually-supportive group of urban and suburban Presbyterian congregations serving Jesus Christ in the Greater Newark, New Jersey area. 

You can learn more by visiting the Presbytery of Newark's web site at  http://www.newarkpresbytery.org/


For information on the theology and historical development of the Presbyterian and Reformed Protestant churches, visit  http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/101/ and http://reformedtheology.org/SiteFiles/WhatIsRT.html .