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The United Church of Christ
What is the U.C.C.?
  • The United Church of Christ (is an) American
    Protestant denomination formed in 1957 by a
    merger of the General Council of Congregational
    Christian Churches and the Evangelical and
    Reformed Church.
  • The constitution for the new body was adopted in
    July, 1961, thus completing the union.

What is the U.C.C.?
  • The statement of faith promulgated in 1959
    maintains the non-creedal position common to both
    religious bodies, holding only to baptism and
    communion as sacraments, ordination as an act of
    laying on of hands, and local autonomy in all
    matters of worship, doctrine, and congregational

What is the U.C.C.?
  • A general synod of the whole church meets
    biennially and establishes the various agencies
    through which its social action, ecumenical work,
    and missionary work are carried out.
  • The church has about 1.4 million members (1997).
  • Source "United Church of Christ." The Columbia
    Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2007. Columbia
    University Press. 16 Mar. 2008 lthttp//www.bartleb

In Their Own Words
  • Welcome to the United Church of Christa
    community of faith that seeks to respond to the
    Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed.
  • The UCC was founded in 1957 as the union of
    several different Christian traditions from the
    beginning of our history, we were a church that
    affirmed the ideal that Christians did not always
    have to agree to live together in communion.

In Their Own Words
  • Our motto"that they may all be one"is Jesus'
    prayer for the unity of the church.
  • The UCC is one of the most diverse Christian
    churches in the United States.

In Their Own Words
  • The UCC tends to be a mostly progressive
    denomination that unabashedly engages heart and
  • And yet, the UCC somehow manages to balance
    congregational autonomy with a strong commitment
    to unity among its nearly 6,000
    congregationsdespite wide differences among many
    local congregations on a variety of issues.

In Their Own Words
  • While preserving relevant portions of heritage
    and history dating back to the 16th century, the
    UCC and its forebears have proven themselves
    capable of moving forward, tying faith to social
    justice and shaping cutting edge theology and
    service in an ever-changing world.

In Their Own Words
  • Affirming that Jesus Christ is the Head of the
    Church, the UCC claims as its own the faith of
    the historic church expressed in the ancient
    creeds and reclaimed in the basic insights of the
    Protestant reformers.
  • Yet the UCC also affirms the responsibility of
    the church in each generation and community to
    make faith its own in reality of worship, in
    honesty of thought and expression, and in purity
    of heart before God.

In Their Own Words
  • It looks to the Word of God in the Scriptures,
    and to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit
    to prosper its creative and redemptive work in
    the world.
  • One of the UCC's distinguishing characteristics
    is its penchant to believe that ... God is still
    speaking, ... even when it puts us out there

In Their Own Words
  • History has shown that, most often, we're only
    alone for a while.
  • Besides, we receive so many gifts from our
    ecumenical partners, being "early" seems to be
    one of ours.
  • Source United Church of Christ Website. 16 Mar.
    2008 lt http//

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2 Timothy 41-5, NASB95
  • I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and
    of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and
    the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom
    preach the word be ready in season and out of
    season reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great
    patience and instruction. For the time will come
    when they will not endure sound doctrine but
    wanting to have their ears tickled, they will
    accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance
    to their own desires, and will turn away their
    ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
    But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship,
    do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your