We are part of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a Protestant Christian denomination of about a million members and 5000 churches in the United States. We trace our roots back hundreds of years, beginning with the Congregational churches in the early 1600s. The UCC was formed in 1957, a merger of the Congregational Christian and Evangelical Reformed denominations.
We're a church of firsts. We were first to ordain a woman, an African-American, and an openly-gay man to the ministry. We fought against unfair taxation in colonial times (ever hear of the Boston Tea Party?) and started the first foreign mission society. One of our churches even hid the Liberty Bell during the revolutionary war! We also published (through the oldest religious press in the United States) an inclusive and expansive language hymnal (in 1995) and a progressive praise song book in 2009. Curious about all of our firsts? Click here to learn more.