UCC Beliefs

UCC Beliefs and Theology

“The United Church of Christ embraces a theological heritage that affirms the Bible as the authoritative witness to the Word of God, the creeds of the ecumenical councils, and the confessions of the Reformation.

“The UCC has roots in the “covenantal” tradition-meaning there is no centralized authority or hierarchy that can impose any doctrine or form of worship on its members.

“Christ alone is Head of the church. We seek a balance between freedom of conscience and accountability to the apostolic faith. The UCC therefore receives the historic creeds and confessions of our ancestors as testimonies, but not tests of the faith. Linked on the right of this page are some of those testimonies.”


In the United Church of Christ, we take the Bible seriously but not literally. We honor the historic creeds and confessions of our ancestors as testimonies, but not tests of the faith. We prize our Reformation heritage, viewing reform in the church as an ongoing process. We are a congregational church, recognizing no central hierarchy that would impose doctrine on its members.

We seek a balance between freedom of conscience and accountability to our apostolic faith. The Head of our church is Christ alone.

Click here to go to our Theology Page — a growing library of articles on theological issues that face the church — and our Theology Forum where you can discuss these issues with other members of the church

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