About the United Church of Christ
The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed!
The UCC was founded in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions. From the very beginning of our history, we were a church that affirmed the ideal that Christians did not always have to agree to live together in communion. In fact, the UCC is one of the most diverse Christian denominations in the United States.
The UCC motto - "that they may all be one" - is Jesus' prayer for the unity of the church and represents the rich history of the UCC.
We hope you'll join us in word and deed!
While preserving relevant portions of heritage and history dating back to the 16th century, the UCC and its forebearers have proven themselves capable of:
tying faith to social justice, and
shaping cutting edge theology and service in an ever-changing world.
affirms that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church,
claims as its own the faith of the historic church expressed in the ancient creeds, and
reclaims the basic insights of the Protestant reformers.
The UCC also affirms the responsibility of the church in each generation and community to make faith its own:
in reality of worship,
in honesty of thought and expression, and
in purity of heart before God.
The UCC looks to the Word of God in the Scriptures and to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to prosper its creative and redemptive work in the world.
One of the UCC's distinguishing characteristics is its penchant to believe that - God Is Still Speaking - and a - Just World For All - even when it puts us out there alone.
History has shown that, most often, we're only alone for a while!
A Faith That Moves Forward
Engages Hearts And Minds
The UCC tends to be a mostly progressive denomination that unabashedly engages hearts and minds. It is this intelligent dialogue and a strong independent streak that sometimes causes the (UCC) and its 1.2 million members to be called a “heady and exasperating mix.”
And yet, the UCC somehow manages to balance congregational autonomy with a strong commitment to unity among its nearly 5,600 congregations—despite wide differences among many local congregations on a variety of issues.