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United Church of Christ (UCC)

Our faith is 2,000 years old.  Our thinking is not.  We believe in God’s continuing testament.  This is why we are committed to hearing God’s ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today.  We try to remain attentive to God’s creative movement in the world.  Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship.  We prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and future church, and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking.  Why?  Because God is still speaking.

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.  We believe in extravagant welcome.  This is why we insist that God’s communion table is open, not closed, and God’s gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable.  We advocate justice for all Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love.  We teach that evangelism – offering bread to those in search of it – is God’s mission.  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 believe the church’s mission is to change lives – individually, systemically and globally.  We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God’s grace.  This is why we insist that churches must be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy.  We are committed to working for justice, andwe believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships.  Why?  Because God is still speaking.

The Connecticut Conference is one of 39 regional conferences in the 1.5 million member United Church of Christ, a “united and uniting” Protestant denomination in the USA.  Our membership descends from Congregational, Christian, Evangelical and Reformed traditions, and dates its founding to June 25, 1957, the day the four denominations merged into one fellowship.  It provides pastoral support, placement and other services to the local churches, and acts as a liaison between churches and the national denomination.

More information about the UCC is available by these links:  1) The Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ at www.ctucc.org  2) The national website of the United Church of Christ is www.ucc.org.