About the United Church of Christ

History

In 1957, the United Church of Christ began with the union of two Protestant denominations: the Congregational Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church. The Congregational Christian churches came together in the 1930’s, from the Congregational churches founded by the Pilgrims and Puritans of Massachusetts in the early 1600’s and the Christian churches founded in the early 1800’s. The Evangelical and Reformed Church also came together in the 1930’s, from the Reformed Church that traces its beginnings to German settlers in Pennsylvania in the early 1700’s and the Evangelical Synod founded in the early 1800’s in Missouri by German Evangelical pastors. Over the years members of many other ethnic, cultural, and racial groups have joined the United Church of Christ, such as Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hungarians, Hispanic Americans, Pacific Asians, etc. Thus the United Church of Christ has become a multicultural, welcoming, and inclusive church to many from diverse backgrounds and heritage.

 

What We Believe

From the Preamble to the Constitution of the United Church of Christ, “The UCC acknowledges as its sole head, Jesus Christ, Son of God and Saviour. . . It 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 . . . It affirms the responsibility of the Church in each generation to make this faith its own, in reality of worship, in honesty of thought and expression, and in purity of heart before God . . . It recognizes two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion.” The motto of the United Church of Christ is “That they may all be one.” (John 17:21). We are ecumenical. We are a uniting church as well as a united church. The common thread that runs through all is love. We believe that God is Still Speaking, that there is yet more light and truth to break forth from God’s Holy Word. We affirm the priesthood of all believers and live in a loving, covenantal relationship with one another.

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