What is the United Church of Christ?

About the United Church of Christ

The United Church of Christ formed in 1957 as a creative blending of four distinct Christian traditions, each with its own history and gifts. Taking as our motto Jesus’ prayer for church unity, “That they may all be one,” the UCC has affirmed from its earliest days that Christians can live in communion even when we differ. The UCC was and is one of the most diverse Christian bodies in the United States.

The United Church of Christ stands in a rich theological tradition that draws on three primary sources: the Bible, the ancient creeds, and the insights of the Protestant Reformation.

As a denomination, our roots are in the “covenantal’ tradition—meaning we have no centralized authority or hierarchy that can impose any doctrine, practice, or form of worship on our members. Christ alone is Head of the church. For us, faithfulness is found in the dynamic interplay between freedom of conscience and respect for the apostolic faith. We like to say that the historic creeds and confessions of our ancestors are testimonies, not tests of the faith. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome to covenant with us.

The 5,287 churches of the United Church of Christ are organized into local Associations, which are grouped into Conferences, which together make up the National church. Delegates from all 38 Conferences gather every two years in General Synod to share faith, appoint officers, and vote on resolutions. Membership in the United Church of Christ offers many chances to participate at the local, regional, and national level.

First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, is a member of the Metropolitan Boston Association of the Massachusetts Conference of United Church of Christ.

For more information:

Learn about the United Church of Christ

Read more about belief in the United Church of Christ.  

Learn about the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ

Learn about Historical Creeds.  

Understand more about the basic teachings of the Protestant Reformation.  

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