The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a national gathering of diverse churches who believe that Jesus calls us to rise above denominational differences and “all be one” (John 17:21). While diverse in worship style and mission priorities, UCC churches bond together in a covenant of mutual support. UCC was founded in 1957 as the merger of several protestant denominations including the Congregationalists (the oldest American churches) and Christian Churches (one of the newest denominations that was born out of the frontier revivals).
UCC has led the way in bringing Christian values to social realities such as racism and sexism. You can read more on the UCC website. Each church within the UCC calls its own pastors, sets its own mission priorities, and develops worship styles.
The United Church of Christ embraces a theological heritage that affirms the Bible as the authoritative witness to the Word of God, the creeds of the ecumenical councils, and the confessions of the Reformation. The UCC has roots in the “covenantal” tradition—meaning there is no centralized authority or hierarchy that can impose any doctrine or form of worship on its members. Christ alone is Head of the church. We seek a balance between freedom of conscience and accountability to the apostolic faith. The UCC therefore receives the historic creeds and confessions of our ancestors as testimonies, but not tests of the faith.
The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me”— Matthew 25:40