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The United Church of Christ

UCC is a liberal Protestant denomination within the Christian tradition. It offers for reflection a traditional Statement of Faith, yet values the individual's right and ability to prayerfully and thoughtfully determine what to believe regarding God, creation, the Holy Spirit, etc. UCC gets its inspiration from the bible, and considers Jesus a unique figure, the incarnation of God. Authority is held by of the local congregation, not the church's pastor or national staff. The UCC values outreach and justice work, and seeks to be inclusive.

The Unitarian Universalist Association

The modern UUA is not Christian, although there are Christians in the denomination (as well as Buddhists, humanists, etc.). UUA organizes around principles of behavior, not theological belief. Sources of inspiration include not only the bible, but also poetry, essays, literature. Jesus is generally understood as a wise teacher and leader, similar to Buddha, Gandhi, Martin Luther King. As in the UCC, authority is held by members of the local congregation, not the church's pastor or national staff. The UUA also values outreach and justice work, and seeks to be inclusive.

United


The UUA and the UCC united as First Parish to best use financial and human resources. There are many different denominations represented here, not just two; some of us are Christian, some are not. We are together because we value diversity, want to listen to each other, and do not believe there is a single "truth". In worship we use the bible as well as other resources. We present a variety of perspectives on Jesus, God, the bible, creation, heaven and hell, etc. We find the common ground of our member denominations in that we uphold the individual's ability and right to determine belief, we value outreach and justice work, and rest authority in the congregation instead of the pastor or national staff.
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