We are named after a mountain in the Holy Land where, tradition has it, the Transfiguration of Christ occurred. Even as Jesus was transformed in the light of God before his disciples on Mount Tabor, God is transforming individuals at Tabor Church through God's Word and the Sacraments and through a loving, supportive community.
We believe that God's Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life. We trust that God's Spirit is active in the world. We believe that we gather together for worship to be both comforted and challenged by God’s Word and strengthened to be sent into the world. We want to be a congregation that welcomes and serves all God’s children, especially those who have been marginalized or disenfranchised by “the church.” Meeting people where they are in their faith journey leads us to serve in varied and diverse ways – from physically feeding our local community to spiritually caring for individuals by sharing God’s love through worship, music, outreach, faith education, and empathy – creating a sanctuary of love and acceptance.
We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Located in Branford, Connecticut, Tabor is over 125 years old. The congregation was founded by Swedes and Finns who immigrated to Branford to work in the Stony Creek Quarry and Malleable Iron Fittings factory. The first Lutheran service in Branford was held in the basement of the First Congregational Church on July 10, 1883. After five years of growth with the help of Pastor C. T. Sanderson, the Swedish Finnish Evangelical Thabor Lutheran Congregation of Branford was organized. The membership consisted of 27 adults and 13 children.