Finding a faith community can be hard. Every congregation is unique. Every congregation embodies the gospel in its own way. And every congregation fails to be the congregation that God calls it to be. It can be daunting to wade through all of the material on a church website and figure out if this is the right church for you.
With that in mind, we hope that you’ll look around our website and get a picture of who we are and how we engage in our life together. We also want to be up-front about the most important parts of who we are and what we believe.
The United Church of Christ is a church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. 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.
As an Open and Affirming congregation, we strive to welcome and celebrate all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, faith, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, age, or ability. (We also recognize that we’re not always perfect at that.)
We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive. We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul. We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.
No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here!
What We Believe
The United Church of Christ is a non-creedal denomination. There is no list of things that people have to believe in order to be part of our community. But while we might not have a list, we do have things that tend to bind us together. We often use seven phrases from scripture and tradition to describe these.
The United Church of Christ is a denomination of covenants. As individuals, we are in covenant with one another as a congregation, and our covenants define how we live together as a community. As a congregation, we are in covenant with other bodies of the United Church of Christ to form a denomination, and our covenants define how we work together as the wider church.
First Congregational United Church of Christ is blessed to have a great staff and dedicated volunteer leadership.
Sometimes you need information that just doesn’t work on a website. Sometimes, you need a form that you can fill out with a pen. Either way, you can find a variety of church-related documents on this page.
First Congregational United Church of Christ has a variety of staff positions. Go to this page so see if (and who) we’re hiring!