A CHURCH OF FIRSTS!
Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities. The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith. When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus"—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first predominantly white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first mainline Protestant church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement. Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.
WE BELIEVE IN AN EXTRAVAGANT WELCOME!
This is why we insist that God's communion table is open, inviting those who come not because they must, but because they may.
We advocate justice for all. Our congregation extends hospitality as a sign of God's inclusive love.
Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with — not against — people of other faiths. Why? Because God is still speaking,
NEVER PLACE A PERIOD WHERE GOD HAS PLACED A COMMA.
We embrace the words of Gracie Allen as a reminder that God is not done with us - as individuals, as a congregation, as a denomination, as Christians - YET.
Why? Because God is still speaking,