The United Church of Christ is more than 5,100 churches an 1 million members across the U.S. brought together by
a love of Christ and a desire for faithful action. The beliefs of the United Church of Christ weave together God's message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. We proudly embrace a historical faith tradition that pushes us to live out our faith. This faith-in-action has lead to our denomination being a church of many "firsts" including:
- The first historically white church to ordain an African-American man,
- The first church in modern times to ordain a woman,
- The first church to ordain an openly gay man and lesbian woman,
- The first church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry,
- The first church to ordain openly trans* men and women.
Our ancestors were also on the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement. We are proud of our historical faith that places high demands upon us for action toward justice and peace.
Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world through social and personal change. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners around the world, we fight injustice in the United States and abroad, we instill youth and young members with a vision for justice and peace, we sustain and develop church leaders, pastors, and our local churches that live their faith in exciting new ways.
We believe in an all-loving, inclusive, God, who is still speaking to us today. We are a church that welcomes and
accepts everyone as they are, seeking to nourish both your mind and your soul.
Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.
believe in God's continuing testament. This is why we are committed to
hearing God's ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the
world today. We try to remain attentive to God's creative movement in
the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your
head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship. We prepare
our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and
future church, and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of
thinking. Why? Because God is still speaking,
No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
We believe in extravagant welcome. This is why we insist that God's communion table is open, not closed, and God's gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable. We advocate justice for all. Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God's inclusive love. We teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God's mission. Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with — not against — people of other faiths. Why? Because God is still speaking,
Never place a period where God has placed a comma.
We believe the church's mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally. We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God's grace. This is why we insist that churches must be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships. Why? Because God is still speaking,