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.
Our bylaws define how we work as an organization. They define things like our identity and purpose, what membership means, and what officers and committees we have. You can take a look at them here (.pdf).
Our Open and Affirming Covenant
Our Open and Affirming Covenant affirms that we are a congregation where you are welcome, no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey. It reads:
We, the members of First Congregational United Church of Christ, declare ourselves to be an inclusive and nurturing community of faith. With God’s grace, we seek to be a congregation that embraces differences of race, ethnicity, culture, faith, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital and family status, age, and ability. We celebrate and welcome all to share equally in the life of our church family.
Our Relationship with the Wider Church
As a congregation of the United Church of Christ, we are in covenant with other bodies in our denomination. We are part of the Eastern Iowa Association and the Iowa Conference of the United Church of Christ.