The North Texas Association is just one setting of the wider United Church of Christ (UCC). We're a distinct and diverse community of Christians uniting as one church to join faith and action.
There is no human-imposed hierarchy here; we are all working together as local churches, associations, conferences, and as a national church to hear the voice of a "still-speaking" God, then respond in love and justice.
Nearly 5,000 local UCC congregations carry the worship of God and mission of Christ to their communities each day. Those churches work together in small regional associations to ordain clergy and live in connection. Groupings of those associations come together to form area-sized conferences with larger resources and wider expressions of church. Every other year, conferences of the UCC send delegates to a national "General Synod," which serves as our denomination's main deliberative body on the national level.
Since our founding in 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement. Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.
Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in the United States and abroad. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive. We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.
We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world. For more information, visit our denomination's website at www.ucc.org.