Faith United Church is a mainline protestant church affiliated with our two parent denominations, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Church of Christ. Our church exists to serve God by giving witness to unity in the body of Christ through creative worship, acts of caring and nurture, Christian education and participation in local, regional, national, and global mission. Blending strength and identity from our historic roots in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Church of Christ, Faith United Church seeks to honor and serve God through mutual understanding, tolerance, and respect among ourselves under the lordship of Jesus Christ who binds us together through the Holy Spirit. We approach the future with grace, confidence, and a sense of community in Christ, seeking to be his servants in the world.
The United Church of Christ or "UCC" was born in 1957 from the merger of Congregational, Christian churches and the Evangelical and Reformed churches. The UCC denomination embraces the diversity of humankind while also promoting social justice as reflected in the fact that we all belong to God, regardless of our race, gender, class, creed or sexual orientation. The United Church of Christ was the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American and the first to ordain a woman. The UCC has been active in the anti-slavery and civil rights movements. To learn more about the UCC, click on this link.
The origins of most Presbyterian beliefs lie in the writings of French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564). Among other things, Calvin emphasized the sovereignty of God, the authority of scripture, and the justification of faith through Grace. The first Presbyterian General Assembly in America was convened by Rev. John Witherspoon, the only minister to sign the Declaration of Independence. The Presbyterian Church is governed at all levels by both clergy and lay people, men and women alike. To learn more about the Presbyterian Church (USA), click on this link.