ABOUT THE UCC

 

We are a part of the United Church of Christ, a denomination formed in 1957 when what had once been four denominations joined hands as one.  You can know more about us by looking at the keywords in the names of those four churches that formed our union: Christian, Reformed, Congregational, Evangelical. 

 

Christian

By our very name, the United Church of Christ, we declare ourselves to be part of the Body of Christ—the Christian church. We continue the witness of the early disciples to the reality and power of the crucified and risen Christ, Jesus of Nazareth

 

Reformed

We are the product of a variety of religious traditions, but all of them trace back to the Protestant Reformers: We confess the authority of one God. We affirm the primacy of the Scriptures, the doctrine of justification by faith, the priesthood of all believers, and the principle of Christian freedom. We celebrate two sacraments: baptism and the Lord's Supper (also called Holy Communion or the Eucharist). 

 

Congregational

The basic unit of the United Church of Christ is the congregation. Members of each congregation covenant with one another and with God as revealed in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit. These congregations, in turn, exist in covenantal relationships with one another to form larger structures for more effective work. Our covenanting emphasizes trustful relationships rather than legal agreements.

 

Evangelical

The primary task of the church is the proclamation of the Gospel, which in Greek is evangel. The Gospel literally means the "Good News" of God's love revealed with power in Jesus Christ. We proclaim this Gospel by word and deed to individual persons and to society.  We gather for the worship of God, and through each.

 

 

DIVERSITY

 

Our congregation’s Constitution contains this statement:

 

"Membership in this church shall be open to any person who has been baptized, has been confirmed, or has made public confession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior."

 

“Any person” means any person.  The statement makes no room for exceptions.  Baptism and faith in Christ are the only conditions.  We welcome all God’s children:  every race, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, marital status, theological perspective, and level of ability.  We are not merely open to diversity because it is right, but also because we have learned that we are all enriched by one another’s diversity.  

 

The Union Congregational Church Constitution also says this:

 

"Any active or associate member of this church is eligible to be elected as an Officer or to the Diaconate, Board of Trustees, Board of Christian Education, or Church Council."

 

Radical equality in Christ is one of our foundational values.  Therefore, we don’t have second-class members—people who can join but can’t lead.  We believe that we are enriched when not only our membership but also our leadership reflects all of God’s children.