The United Church of Christ came into being in 1957 with the union of two Protestant churches or “denominations.” They were the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches. (More about them a little lower down.)
The U.C.C. is a progessive body which is often among the first to make stands against social and moral injustices or to be accepting of all God’s children. Our earliest predecessors sailed to the new world to find the freedom to follow the Word of God. History knows them as the Pilgrims. In the 1600s, our Congregational ancestors provided an early example of democracy in their governing structure. The early church also took historic stands against slavery, including our own Union Church being a stop on the Underground Railroad. We count among our honors, the ordination of the first African American pastor, the first woman pastor, and the first openly gay minister.
“God is still speaking!” That’s the motto that carries the United Church of Christ forward.