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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!

 

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A Faith That Moves Forward

While preserving relevant portions of heritage and history dating back to the 16th century, the UCC and its forebearers have proven themselves capable of:
  • moving forward, tying faith to social justice, and
  • shaping cutting edge theology and service in an ever-changing world.
The UCC:
  • 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.

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.