First Congregational United Church of Christ is a Christian community that invites all people, no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey,
to worship the God who we encounter in our Lord Jesus Christ;
to participate in a community that welcomes and celebrates all people, while calling each of us toward greater wholeness in God;
to serve one another, the wider community, and the world with our time, talent, and treasure; and
to grow together in Christian faith and towards the kingdom that God has prepared for us.
We are a congregation of the United Church of Christ, a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world. The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where “…they may all be one” (John 17:21).
Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities. We have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith. We were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement. Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.
We are also an open an affirming congregation, meaning that we strive to accept and celebrate all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, age, or ability. We also humbly admit that we are not always good at that.