April 2023

Forgiveness - What it Isn't

There are many misconceptions about forgiveness. Here are a few things that forgiveness DOESN'T mean.

In a recent sermon, Dr. Campbell spoke of the liberating nature of forgiveness, and she also clarified some of the things that forgiveness is not:

1.    Forgiving someone who did us wrong does not mean that we tolerate the wrong they did.

2.    Forgiving does not mean that we want to forget or deny what happened.

3.    Forgiveness does not mean that we excuse the person who hurt us.

4.    Forgiving does not mean that we take the edge off the evil of what was done to us.

5.    Forgiving does not mean that we surrender our right to justice.

6.    Forgiving does not mean that we invite someone who hurt us to hurt us again.

But forgiving is a gift we give to ourselves, because without it healing does not take place.

Contact Us

Reach out and let us know how we can help you on your faith journey!

Learn More About Us

Find out more about our inclusive Christian community and our mission!


Hide yourself in God, so when a man wants to find you he will have to go there first.


June 2023

Celebrating a Decade of Inclusion

Black Mountain United Church of Christ's Journey as an Open & Affirming Congregation

Christopher Schouten


May 2023

Nurturing Our Faith Beyond Sunday: Growing Closer to God in Daily Life

There are a myriad ways in which our faith can be nurtured and deepened beyond the experience of Sunday worship. While gathering in the church is a vital part of our spiritual journey, we believe that the opportunity to grow closer to God is ever-present in our daily lives.

Christopher Schouten


May 2023

Personal Testimony: Why I As a Gay Man Chose BMUCC

It wasn't easy for my husband and I to find a church home in the North Scottsdale/Cave Creek area that would welcome us as a gay couple, but the second we stepped through the doors at BMUCC, we knew we were home.

Christopher Schouten