United Church of Christ

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Organization Information Record Year 2016

Name: United Church of Christ
Denomination type: Reformed Bodies
Year Reporting: 2015
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Description: The historical roots of The United Church of Christ reach back to some of the first Christian communities in the United States – Pilgrims, Puritans and German settlers. Two churches, each the product of an earlier union, joined together in 1957 to form the United Church of Christ – the Congregational Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church.

“Congregational” and “free church” best describe the United Church of Christ’s form of governance. The denomination’s Constitution says Jesus Christ is the “sole Head” of the church, and the local congregation is its “basic unit.” Local churches call their own pastors and make their own decisions about membership, worship, budget, programs and other matters. UCC congregations are affiliated with one of 38 conferences, many of them encompassing one or more U.S. states. The main deliberative body of the UCC is its General Synod, whose 750-plus delegates meet every two years. In between the Synod, the 52-member United Church of Christ Board conducts the business of the denomination.

Since 1957, the United Church of Christ (UCC) has embodied a fierce commitment for the equal rights of all, including its clergy. In 1972, the UCC became the first Protestant denomination to ordain an openly gay man; and in 2005, the Church formally affirmed “Equal Marriage Rights for All,” becoming the first mainline Christian denomination to support same gender marriage. In 2013, the UCC was the first mainline denomination to vote to move toward fossil fuel divestment as one strategy to address climate change. The UCC is also active on issues related to immigration reform, racial justice, and literacy.

The Core Values of the United Church of Christ are continuing testament, extravagant welcome, and changing lives; and all settings of the church seek to live into the UCC’s Vision of a just world for all.

Contact Information Record Year 2016

Address: 700 Prospect Avenue
Address line 2:
City: Cleveland
State: Ohio
Zip Code: 44115
Country: United States
Phone: (866)822-8224

Media Contact Record Year 2016

Name: Connie Larkman
Phone: (216)736-2196

Attesting Officer Record Year 2016

Name: Destiny Hisey
Position: Associate Director, Center for Analytics Research and Data
Phone: (216)736-2149

Membership & Attendance Record Year 2016

Full Communicants: 914,871
Other Members: 0
Total Inclusive Members: 914,871
Total Churches: 5,032
Average Attendance: 74
Membership Calculation Method: Census

Clergy Record Year 2016

Serving Churches: 3,540
Other Service to the Church: 2,482
Retired: 3,950
Total Clergy: 9,972

Religious Education Record Year 2016

Total Schools: 4,098
Pupils: 178,983
Staff: 0
Total Individuals: 178,983

Finance Record Year 2016

Total Benevolences: $62,556,317.00
Total Giving Local Expense: $866,112,106.00
Total Financial: $92,866,842,300
Receipts/Expenditures: Expenditures