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
In the spirit of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., several UCC ministers in NYC spent much of the Jan. 15 holiday in protest and in prayer with hundreds who gathered at Judson Memorial Church, calling for the immediate release of two church members and high-profile leaders of the immigrant rights movement. One was deported, the other remains in detention.
A number of spiritual leaders in rural Ohio who have come together to continue the work of Martin Luther King Jr., used the national holiday as a way to celebrate King's vision of a beloved community, and honor the work of a UCC pastor.
Registration for the UCC summit, 'From the Ground Up: Re-imagining Theological Formation', is now open to interested participants across the life of the church.
A California minister offers pastoral care to a community of friends stricken and injured by mudslides.
The United Church of Christ national officers, outraged and offended by the president's reference to African countries and Haiti in vulgar, racist terms on Jan. 11 while debating immigration reform, have issued this statement.
As churches and communities around the country ready to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, a number of UCC clergy in Michigan came together to point out how much work still needs to be done to realize King's Dream, calling for a 'Clean' Dream Act.
The start of a new calendar year is a threshold, a moment to acknowledge the passing of time.
Members of the Judson Memorial Church in New York City are rallying around one of their own in an effort to keep him from being deported to his home country of Haiti.
A UCC congregation in small-town Nebraska partnered with other justice organizations to do something tangible to help immigrants and refugees who face losing their Temporary Protected Status in the United States.
The United Church of Christ and the world lost a fierce justice advocate with the death of Juanita Helphrey, former national staff member, and minister in the Northern Plains Conference UCC.
A child will be celebrating her birthday this week by spending some time with her homeless friends, sharing her Christmas presents from Santa. Gifts she requested on their behalf.
Sexual violence against women is not new.
A Maine congregation does church every Tuesday and it looks like a restaurant. A liturgy of hospitality, about welcome, affirmation, community building and delicious, healthy food.
A local pastor, inspired by the United Church of Christ’s one-church mission initiative, hopes to help connect ideas and resources in the denomination’s effort to build a just world for all people.
Two United Church of Christ pastors have been recognized in their home communities for their efforts toward making the world a more just place for all.
Growing up, my siblings and I made many New Year's resolutions at the closing of each year.
It's hard not to have a place to call home, especially at the holidays. But an Ohio church, living into the UCC's 3 Great Loves initiative, is ministering to neighboring families in their time of need.
May the hope and promise of this season, of a just world for all, inspire us to take action and send a clear message to those who would perpetuate hate and violence, "Not in our town, not in our state, not in our country, not in our world."
A small church on the shores of Lake Michigan is growing exponentially. "By dramatically increasing their footprint in the community, they have claimed their prophetic voice and embraced their diversity. This is a story of engagement, vision and revitalization."