Who We Are
We are, and seek to become more, an urban, multicultural and multiracial congregation of Jesus’ disciples. We welcome one another as Beloved in God and gathered by the Spirit to call forth, equip and share the gifts of all persons while we intentionally encourage and build a reconciling, compassionate, Christ-center community. We seek Christian unity and interfaith dialogue through diversity in age, abilities, culture, race, economic status, gender, sexual orientation and creation-keeping. Through biblical and theological inquiry we keep as our guiding spiritual law the practice of the two Great Commandments to receive and offer God’s unconditional love.
Matthew 22:36-40 New English Translation (NET Bible)
36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
The United Church of Christ was formed in 1957 with the union of two Protestant churches: the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches.
The Congregational Churches began with the Pilgrims of Plymouth Plantation (1620) and Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1629).
Founded in 1725, the U.S. Reformed Church had its beginnings with congregations of German settlers in PA.
The Christian Churches began in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
The Evangelical Synod of North America reflected the values of a 1817 union between Lutheran and Reformed churches in Germany.
Many people of diverse backgrounds have found a home in the UCC. Members of other traditions including Roman Catholic, Evangelical, LDS, and Pentecostal Christians have found the UCC, as have gay and lesbian Christians rejected by other churches.
The UCC celebrates and embraces a broad variety of traditions in its common life.