…as a Denomination

The United Church of Christ

Our denomination arose from the ecumenical movement of the 20th century, as a union of four existing denominations in 1957.  This heritage is reflected in the logo of the UCC, by the words “That they may all be one,” (with roots in John 17:21). The United Church of Christ:

  • Emphasizes openness, freedom of thought, and education
  • Has a long tradition of service to others, here and around the world
  • Is Congregational and democratic, not espousing a required creed. Although national and conference offices support and coordinate activities, each local congregation calls its own minister and develops its own style of worship, education, and outreach
  • Is ecumenical, respecting the truths of all world faiths
  • Has roots in the Reformation; is a merger of the Congregational Church of the New England Puritans and Pilgrims, the Christian Church of the American Frontier, and the Evangelical and Reformed Churches of Germany and Switzerland

A very exciting new era in the history of the United Church of Christ began with the “God  is Still Speaking” Campaign.  A key message of this campaign is that “Our faith is 2000 years old.  Our thinking is not.”  The symbol is the comma, because of the message that God still has a message to give to us: “Never place a period where God has placed a comma” (Gracie Allen).