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THE UCC

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"A HISTORY OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST"

BY MARGARET ROWLAND POST

All Christians are related in faith to Judaism and are faith descendants of the first apostles of Jesus who roamed the world with the good news of God's love. Within five centuries, Christianity dominated the Roman Empire. Until A.D. 1054 when the church split, it remained essentially one. At that point, the Eastern Orthodox Church established its center at Constantinople (Istanbul), the Roman Catholic Church at Rome. During the 16th century, when Christians found the church corrupt and hopelessly involved in economic and political interests, leaders arose to bring about reform from within. The unintended by-product of their efforts at reform was schism in the Roman Church.

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COVENANTED RELATIONSHIPS

At the center of who we are as members of the United Church of Christ stands two important principles. The Preamble to the Constitution of the United Church of Christ, says it this way: Paragraph # 2 The United Church of Christ acknowledges as its sole Head, Jesus Christ, Son of God and Savior. It acknowledges as kindred in Christ all who share in this confession. It looks to the Word of God in the Scriptures, and to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, to prosper its creative and redemptive work in the world.

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WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe in the triune God: Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.

We believe that each person is unique and valuable. It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.

We believe that each person is on a spiritual journey and that each of us is at a different stage of that journey.

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WORDS FROM THE 28TH GENERAL SYNOD OF THE UCC

UCC's overarching mission: "Continuing Testament. Extravagant Welcome. Changing Lives."

"Continuing Testament is evidenced in our Still Speaking Daily Devotionals, it's visible in our UCC seminaries and through our leaders," said the Rev. Cally Rogers-Witte, whose term is ending as executive ministries for Wider Church Ministries and co-executive of Global Ministries. "God's continuing testament is not etched in tablets forever, but written on our hearts."

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