About the United Church of Christ Denomination
The United Church of Christ of California, MO is a member congregation of the United Church of Christ. Our denomination began in 1957 through the process of combining two: the Congregational Christian Church and the Evangelical and Reformed Church. Both denominations wanted freedom of worship, a respect for diversity, while remaining committed to a covenant, and spiritual guidance to engage in the community, our country and around the world. Our congregation was formerly a member of the Evangelical and Reformed Church.
UCC churches respect the ability of each congregation to make their own decisions and are not bound by hierarchical control. The covenant we share with other member UCC congregations allows individual churches to be “informed, but not instructed.” Each local church is autonomous in its leadership, calls its own Pastor, manages its own resources, and creates its own liturgical practices.
In the UCC, we emphasize personal faith, guided by the Holy Spirit and scripture, in addition to the social responsibility that comes from Jesus’s teaching that we are to minister to others.
For more information about our national church, visit its website at this link.