The United Church of Christ came into being in 1957 with the union of two Protestant denominations: the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches.

Our branch of the family tree is the Congregational Churches that were organized when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Plantation (1620) and the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1629) acknowledged their essential unity in 1648.

The characteristics of the United Church of Christ can be summarized in part by the key words in the names that formed our union: Christian, Reformed, Congregational, Evangelical.

In each tradition, the basic unit of the United Church of Christ is the congregation. Members of each congregation covenant with one another and with God as revealed in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit. These congregations, in turn, exist in covenantal relationships with one another to form larger structures for more effective work. Our covenanting emphasizes trustful relationships rather than legal agreements.

Each congregation or local church is free to act in accordance with the collective decision of its members, guided by the working of the Spirit in the light of the scriptures. But it also is called to live in a covenantal relationship with other congregations for the sharing of insights and for cooperative action under the authority of Christ.

We affirm that the authority of God as revealed in Jesus Christ and interpreted with the aid of the Holy Spirit stands above and judges all human culture, institutions and laws. But we recognize our calling both as individuals and as the church to live in the world:

  • To proclaim in word and action the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • To work for reconciliation and the unity of the broken Body of Christ.
  • To seek justice and liberation for all.

This is the United Church of Christ, responding to the gospel call to unity in diversity: "that they may all be one." John 17:21


United Church of Christ national denomination: http://www.ucc.org/
Maine Conference, United Church of Christ: http://maineucc.org/
York Association, ME Conference UCC: https://www.maineucc.org/york/

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