Your first question probably will be something like this. What is the Congregational United Church of Christ? Good question! We hope you’ll come and check us out to see the ‘living, breathing’ reality of the wonderful grace and hope of the United Church of Christ in Pierre, but hopefully this short ‘preview’ will build your interest to find out more!
The United Church of Christ came into being in 1957 with the union of two Protestant denominations: the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Church.
The Congregational Churches were organized when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Plantation(1620) and the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony(1629) acknowledged their essential unity. The Reformed Church traced its beginnings to German settlers in Pennsylvania, founded from 1725 on. Later other Reformed people arrived from Switzerland. The Christian churches sprang up in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s as a reaction to the theological and organizational rigidity of the Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist churches of the time. The Evangelical Synod of North America traces its beginnings to an association of German Evangelical pastors in Missouri. Through the years, the UCC has gained further diversity as Native American church, African American churches and Asian Americans have become a part of the celebration of unity with diversity!
And so the four denominations become the character that draws us together in this unity. We are: