"That They May Be One"

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a denomination of 5,000 churches and 1.2 million members, formed by the merger of the Council of Congregational and Christian Churches with the General Synod of Evangelical and Reformed Churches in 1957. Plymouth joined the UCC in 1960.

Forerunners of the modern denomination made great strides in the abolition movement when Congregationalists organized to defend and free the Amistad slaves. The first woman pastor was ordained in 1853, and the first openly gay pastor was ordained in 1972.

The UCC is dedicated to three core concepts: Changing Lives, Extravagant Welcome and Continuing Testament. The denomination welcomes all: “Jesus didn’t turn people away. Neither do we.”

The denomination's "God is Still Speaking" campaign takes inspiration from the Gracie Allen quote: "Never put a period where God has placed a comma." It is recognized for its innovative commercial series emphasizing inclusivity and diversity (see below).

To learn more about the United Church of Christ, please visit UCC.org