The United Church of Christ (UCC) brings together many Christian traditions. Instead of focusing upon unchanging truths, it strives to unite diverse understandings of Christianity by treating historic creeds and confessions as testimonies, not tests of faith. We say, “whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.” We assert that “God is still speaking.”
In the United Church of Christ there is no central authority or hierarchy. Christ alone is Head of the church. Each congregation is autonomous and local churches are governed by their members guided by the Holy Spirit. Local church members covenant together to be a faithful community in a particular place, and at the same time each congregation relates to the wider church family (denomination) through voluntary covenants. Sometimes people confuse the “United Church of Christ” with the “Churches of Christ.” That denomination is quite different and does not embrace the progressive social witness characterized by the UCC.
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Read the latest issue of Newspirit, a quarterly newsletter from the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ: Spring 2013 Newspirit
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Additional information about the United Church of Christ regionally and nationally:
- For information about local UCC congregations in the DC area go to the Potomac Association of the United Church of Christ
- For information about the regional Conference of UCC congregations (the Central Atlantic Conference) that stretches from New Jersey to Virginia go to the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ
- For information about the national denomination known as the United Church of Christ go to United Church of Christ. Check below to read recent news releases distributed by the national denomination at UCCNews Headlines
- For information about the ways in which the UCC works with many Christian denominations in collaborative partnership go to the National Council of Churches
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Current News from the United Church of Christ
Every Monday morning, the sounds of sewing machines, lively conversation and laughter can be heard at David's UCC in Kettering, Ohio. The women of the "Warm Wishes" ministry are at work with the sole purpose of keeping their neighbors warm.
What if the church were to begin to act like the earth was the Lord's?
Good religion can be such a nuisance sometimes, especially for self-righteous lawmakers who prefer to throw around sentimental, misinformed caricatures of Christian scripture, while ignoring the thrust of its actual contents.
What started as a literacy program has blossomed into a call to welcome the stranger among them. Sylvania United Church of Christ, located in the suburbs of Toledo, Ohio, has taken on a larger role in its community to assist refugees who are trying to make a new life in their community.
A UCC congregation on the north side of Charlotte, N.C., is looking to jump start a new ministry in the south Charlotte area, and is willing to provide the funding to get it off the ground.
The focus on creation care will be very evident in many UCC congregations over the next few weeks, with Earth Day, April 22 and the People's Climate March in Washington, D.C., on April 29 calling environmental advocates from across the country to put their faith in action.
A Virginia congregation stands with a Jewish community center also under attack, to bring healing to their hometown.
If you live in the Washington, D.C. metro area or have visited, you may have noticed the politically charged message written on the bottom of the District of Columbia license plate.
The Rev. John Dorhauer, general minister and president of the United Church of Christ, will help kick off the nation's largest ecumenical gathering when he speaks about white privilege during Ecumenical Advocacy Days, where he hopes to open the eyes of participants to seek racial justice.
A Seattle-based congregation will lift up transgender and non-gender conforming persons at a Good Friday service, seeking to share the message that church can be a welcoming space.
A hate crime during Holy Week has only strengthened the resolve of a UCC congregation in Virginia to 'be the church' open to all, a place of welcome that proclaims love of neighbor.
How are UCC churches living into the commitment to work for a Just World for All? That's the central question General Minister and President John Dorhauer is now gathering responses to, during a 'Listening Tour' in anticipation of General Synod in late June.
A pair of deadly attacks in Northern Egypt, just hours apart, have shaken Egypt's Christian community as it marked the beginning of Holy Week. The United Church of Christ is strongly condemning the violent acts of terrorism on April 16.
A brand new church in the Chicago neighborhood of Rogers Park has not yet celebrated its first weekly worship service, but it is already attracting a lot of people and attention.
The United Church of Christ is seeing a growing interest among congregations in learning more about the sanctuary movement. Just ask UCC General Counsel Heather Kimmel. Since the presidential election, she’s been answering a lot of questions about it.
Jesus wept. Jesus also healed.
Partisan politics have no place in the pulpit. And the United Church of Christ, along with nearly 100 other religious organizations, wants to keep it that way by urging Congress to preserve the "Johnson Amendment" limiting churches' political activities.
The United Church of Christ national office is joining other Ohio corporations and businesses in a coalition working to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the state where the church is headquartered.
The Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ is planning to welcome the wider church to General Synod 31 like never before. The conference is offering six special events that take place before or after General Synod 2017 in Baltimore June 30 through July 4, as a way to introduce people to all that the Maryland area has to offer.
A church near the border is offering sanctuary and saving lives, heeding the call to build a just world for all.