About the United Church of Christ
Decatur UCC is a congregation of the United Church of Christ. The UCC is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination of 5,600 churches and 1.2 million members. We are people of God’s extravagant welcome, who listen for the Stillspeaking God and insist that “Jesus didn’t turn people away, and neither do we.”
We speak in contemporary ways because we affirm the responsibility of the church in each generation to make this faith it’s own in reality of worship, in honesty of thought and expression, and in purity of heart before God.
The UCC was formed in 1957 when the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches united to form the UCC. These two denominations, which were themselves the result of earlier unions, had their roots in Congregational, Christian, Evangelical, and Reformed denominations.
The UCC maintains full communion with several other mainline Protestant denominations and participates in worldwide ecumenical efforts. The national settings of the UCC have historically favored progressive views on social issues, such as immigration, civil rights, gay rights, women’s rights, and abortion. As an extremely pluralistic and diverse denomination, congregations have freedom in matters of doctrine and ministry and may or may not support the national body’s theological or moral stances.