United Church of Christ - OGHS

The United Church of Christ (UCC) was founded in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions. We are a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. From the beginning of our history, we were a church that affirmed the ideal that Christians did not always have to agree to live together in communion. Our motto—"that they may all be one"—is Jesus' prayer for the unity of the church.

The United Church of Christ is composed of Local Churches, Associations, Conferences and the General Synod. The structure within the national setting of the UCC is composed of four covenantal ministries, Office of General Ministries, Local Church Ministries, Justice and Witness Ministries, and Wider Church Ministries.

Within the United Church of Christ, the various expressions of the church relate to each other in a covenantal manner. Each having responsibilities and rights in relation to the others, to the end that the whole church will seek God’s will and be faithful to God’s mission.

While the Office of General Ministries, Local Church Ministries and for the most part, Justice and Witness Ministries work within the United States, Wider Church Ministries works both in the United States and internationally, and is supported in part by one of the four special mission offerings, One Great Hour of Sharing® as well as the basic support that is given for the operations of the church, Our Churches Wider Mission, basic. The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering provides support in the areas of health, education, agriculture, and advocacy that are needed in response to disaster, refugee and immigration concerns, or to improve the quality of life.

Wider Church Ministries and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) work together internationally as Global Ministries whereby jointly the churches create and maintain partnerships with churches and other non-government organizations to be a critical presence to those in need, especially as a result of disaster, civil unrest, food insecurity, and health hazards. The United Church of Christ, Wider Church Ministries is committed to working ecumenically. We are members of Church World Service and Action by Churches Together (ACT) International as well as supporters of other organizations including Foods Resource Bank.