About The United Church of Christ (UCC)...
Local churches are the foundational communities in the organization of the United Church of Christ. There are more than 5,000 such congregations, and while they share a common bond, they evolved from different traditions. Those traditions include:
- New England Congregationalists,
- German Evangelical and Reformed heritages,
- white American and African American Christian Churches, and
- ethnic churches organized by the American Missionary Association.
They all came together as the United Church of Christ in 1957. Intelligent dialogue and a strong independent streak sometimes cause the United Church of Christ (UCC) and its 1.2 million members to be called a "heady and exasperating mix." The UCC tends to be a mostly progressive denomination that unabashedly engages heart and mind.
And yet, the UCC somehow manages to balance congregational autonomy with a strong commitment to unity among its many congregations - despite wide differences among many local congregations on a variety of issues.
Since 1957 other phrases have helped us articulate our distinctive vocation:
- A united and uniting church, seeking renewal through the vision of Christ's prayer "that they may all be one that the world might believe."
- A just peace church, committed to overcoming violence and oppression.
- A multi-racial, multi-cultural church, yearning for the day when our congregations more fully reflect the vision of Pentecost.
- An open and affirming church, where no one's baptismal identity can be denied because of his or her sexual identity.
- An accessible church, cherishing the gifts of all regardless of physical or mental abilities.
- The church of the still speaking God, a church that believes God has yet more light and truth to break forth from the Word.
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