History of Pilgrim-St. Luke's and The UCC
Pilgrim-St. Luke’s Church is a covenant church within the United Church of Christ—a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The United Church of Christ was founded in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions. Our motto—"that they may all be one"—is Jesus' prayer for the unity of the church.
The United Church of Christ has over 1.4 million members and tends to be a mostly progressive denomination that proudly engages heart and mind. It balances congregational autonomy with a strong commitment to unity among its nearly 6,000 congregations.
While preserving portions of heritage and history dating back to the 16th century, the United Church of Christ and its forebearers have proven themselves capable of moving forward, tying faith to social justice and shaping theology and service in an ever-changing world.
Affirming that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, the United Church of Christ claims as its own the faith of the historic church expressed in the ancient creeds and reclaimed in the basic insights of the Protestant reformers. It also affirms the responsibility of the church in each generation and community to make faith its own in reality of worship, in honesty of thought and expression, and in purity of heart before God.
The United Church of Christ looks to the Word of God in the Holy Scriptures, and to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to prosper its creative and redemptive work in the world. One of its distinguishing characteristics is its penchant to believe that ... "God is still speaking" even when we believe we may be alone. God is always there with us. The United Church of Christ recognizes two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion.
Please enjoy the following video, Bouncer, from the United Church of Christ. Jesus didn't turn people away, and neither do we. We welcome and include everyone.
For more information about our denomination you can go to http://www.ucc.org/