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. Over the years members of many other ethnic, cultural, and racial groups have joined the United Church of Christ. The United Church of Christ has become a multicultural, welcoming, and inclusive church to many from diverse backgrounds and heritage.

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What We Believe

We believe in the triune God: Creator, resurrected Christ, head of the church and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and transforming work of God in the world.

We believe that each person is unique and valuable and belongs to the family of God. 

We believe that each person is on a spiritual journey and that we are on different places on the journey.

We believe that the persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God, unconditional love, strengthening faith, dissolving guilt, and giving life purpose and direction.

We believe that all of the baptized 'belong body and soul to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.' No matter who – no matter what – no matter where we are on life's journey – notwithstanding race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, class or creed – we all belong to God and to one worldwide community of faith. 

We believe that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ's table for the sacrament of Communion. It is a great mystery; we claim it by faith.

We believe the UCC is called to be a united and uniting church. "That they may all be one." (John 17:21) "In essentials–unity, in nonessentials–diversity, in all things–charity"  The UCC has no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to creeds or structures. Its overarching creed is love. 

We believe that God calls us to be servants in the service of others and to be good stewards of the earth's resources. 'To believe is to care; to care is to do.'

We believe that the UCC is called to be a prophetic church. God calls the church to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor and comfort the afflicted.

We believe in the power of peace, and work for nonviolent solutions to local, national, and international problems.

We are a people of possibility. In the UCC, members, congregations and structures have the breathing room to explore and to hear for after all, God is still speaking.