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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Three congregations in Massachusetts are joining together to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with worship, a service project and a concert.

Posted: May 29, 2017, 3:00 pm

Two UCC national officers, part of a high-level delegation of North American faith leaders, traveled to Colombia to provide visible support to the implementation of a peace agreement between the Colombian government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Posted: May 25, 2017, 5:07 pm

Every day we face a new story of a family being separated and children torn from their parent.

Posted: May 25, 2017, 5:00 pm

Wendy's acquiesced to a teenager's request for a year of free chicken nuggets. But the fast-food chain won't pay an extra cent per pound of tomatoes to support low-wage farm workers.

Posted: May 24, 2017, 7:38 pm

A network of clergy acted out of faith 50 years ago this month to help connect women seeking an abortion with doctors who could safely provide them. In celebrating the formation of the Clergy Consultation Service in New York City, there was something obvious to those who were part of the network — 50 years later, their work still isn't complete.

Posted: May 23, 2017, 2:40 pm

Several UCC congregations, part of a coalition of churches in the Washington, D.C., area, come together for a just world for all.

Posted: May 20, 2017, 12:35 am

The Rev. J. Bennett Guess, Vice President of the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, is leaving to become the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio.

Posted: May 19, 2017, 10:51 pm

The Federal Communications Commission is beginning to roll back the internet neutrality rules that regulate Internet service providers, and the faith community is pushing back. The rules provide strict oversight of internet provider companies — something that United Church of Christ advocates on the issue say is necessary to ensure equal access to the internet.

Posted: May 19, 2017, 5:18 pm

Philanthropy has evolved since the formation of the United Church of Christ 60 years ago, but the denomination's policy and patterns around giving have not. That could soon change.

Posted: May 18, 2017, 5:37 pm

A couple of months ago, African students living in Delhi, India had to bear the brunt of angry mobs. 

Posted: May 18, 2017, 5:00 pm

A UCC congregation interested in doing something about the opioid epidemic touching families in Western Pennsylvania set aside this week to raise awareness of the problem, in a highly visible and sobering way.

Posted: May 17, 2017, 8:20 pm

A pilot project to build a partnership centered on climate justice is inviting green teams of UCC congregations to affiliate with the grassroots organization 350.org.

Posted: May 16, 2017, 8:30 pm

Bolstered by the belief that gun violence has reached a crisis point in the United States, the Council for Health and Human Services Ministries is asking General Synod of the United Church of Christ to proclaim gun violence as a public health concern.

Posted: May 16, 2017, 7:44 pm

The United Church of Christ remains a faithful witness and advocate for criminal justice reforms and an end to the disproportionate number of people of color within the prison industrial complex.

Posted: May 16, 2017, 1:33 am

A Colorado mother of four who has been living in sanctuary in Denver churches for 86 days in fear of deportation, is now able to return home with her family, just in time for Mother's Day.

Posted: May 13, 2017, 2:25 am

Critical of new guidelines from the U.S. Department of Justice outlining tougher punishments for nonviolent drug offenders, United Church of Christ racial justice leaders are calling on the wider church to protect vulnerable communities and to renew their commitment to justice to create a just world for all.

Posted: May 12, 2017, 8:26 pm

We talk about covenant a lot in the United Church of Christ. Rather than a "what's in it for us" question, I wonder how we might move to "What can we do together that we cannot accomplish by ourselves?" Can you imagine what it would look like for all of the members of the UCC to move as one people?

Posted: May 12, 2017, 5:57 pm

UCC activists, working to build a just world for all, are standing vigil outside the Phoenix Immigration and Customs Enforcement Offices, calling for justice for Marco Tulio Coss, a Mexican immigrant who was snatched under false pretenses, arrested and deported.

Posted: May 12, 2017, 5:28 pm

Adoptees sometimes ask the question, "Who am I?" To help them discover part of that answer, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ will consider a resolution this summer that urges states to give adult adoptees the right to access to their original birth certificates.

Posted: May 12, 2017, 3:25 pm

This Sunday, May 14 is Mother's Day.

Posted: May 11, 2017, 5:00 pm