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.
Click here to see a four minute video about the United Church of Christ.
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
A small church in Wisconsin 36 miles south of Green Bay has a built tangible sign of love of neighbors right outside their front door. Ebenezer United Church of Christ in Chilton calls it a Blessing Box.
The United Church of Christ's 2017 Hurricane Relief Fund received a generous gift from Retirement Housing Foundation, which helped push UCC disaster donations earmarked to assist people affected by Harvey, Irma and Maria over the $2 million mark.
Our call is simple, recognize humanity; welcome and care for humanity.
The United Church of Christ national leadership is inviting anyone and everyone who loves this church to a two-day summit in April 2018 that will focus on the very theological foundation that forms the denomination — and defines who we are…what we think…what we do…in the world.
The UCC's Pennsylvania Southeast Conference is the lead voluntary agency in a public-private collaboration that is welcoming hundreds of Puerto Rican families fleeing dire post-Maria conditions on the island and seeking refuge in and around Philadelphia.
A Global Ministries delegation celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with friends and partners in Cuba, part of a journey to deepen relationships between churches in the two countries.
As Congress takes up a long-promised bill to reform our federal taxes, we are once again thrust into a very loud, very confusing conversation that will undoubtedly produce more heat than light.
As we learned of the massacre at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, we mourned with this body of believers, this town, and our nation.
Three ministers with military ties, noting the upcoming Nov. 11 holiday, are encouraging congregations to 'Rethink Veterans Day,' and find ways as a faith community to care for our service members on Veterans Day and every day.
In the past year, I have visited with our global mission partners in the Middle East, in Colombia, and throughout Europe.
A number of religious leaders and community activists put their bodies on the line in Washington, D.C. Wednesday afternoon to secure the futures of young people brought to this country as children.
A UCC Immigrant Welcoming Congregation in western Massachusetts had studied sanctuary, but determined a host of obstacles were standing in the way of harboring a neighbor in need – until the church got a phone call that changed all that.
The United Church of Christ is one of multiple faith groups urging the Supreme Court to decide that businesses open to the public must serve all people.
Interfaith clergy part of crowd overcoming hate with love in Shelbyville.
Let's work together to uplift the lives and dignity of our neighbors and improve the health of our communities.
Tennessee faith leaders are raising their voices, calling for love, faith, prayer, peace and solidarity with immigrant and refugee neighbors as the people of Middle Tennessee prepare for white nationalists who plan to rally on Oct. 28 against the foreign-born people settling in their communities.
A Bennington, Vt. congregation's 'Green Justice' team took their environmental ministry into the streets outside a local bank to protest the financial institution's investments in fossil fuels.
This year marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. What way does the church needs to change, move, act, or be to continue reforming today?
UCC's the Rev. James Antal was one of a dozen religious leaders who gathered at the EPA Tuesday to "take a knee" in prayer and urge the current administration to address global climate change.
Three professional journalists underscored the important role the media play in promoting social justice at the 35th Annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture, held Oct. 24 in Washington, D.C.