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
Click here to read a short essay by John Shelby Spong and his appreciation for the United Church of Christ Spong A Salute to the UCC
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
Three congregations in Massachusetts are joining together to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with worship, a service project and a concert.
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).
Every day we face a new story of a family being separated and children torn from their parent.
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.
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.
Several UCC congregations, part of a coalition of churches in the Washington, D.C., area, come together for a just world for all.
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.
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.
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.
A couple of months ago, African students living in Delhi, India had to bear the brunt of angry mobs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
This Sunday, May 14 is Mother's Day.