In 1969 two Raleigh congregations – the Evangelical and Reformed Church of Raleigh and United Church – merged to form Community United Church of Christ. We made our home with the decade old United Church of Christ, a 1957 merger of two denominations: the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches.
With its commitment to justice, extravagant welcome, and congregational polity, the United Church of Christ provides us with educational and online resources, training and support for our staff, and connections for national- and international-level justice work. We provide financial support to the Southern Conference of the UCC and to ministries of the denomination.
The UCC’s challenge to member congregations to become Just Peace and later Open and Affirming congregations prompted us to verbalize commitments which we already held. The Sacred Conversation on Race is an ongoing program which is informing our current thinking on intersectionality. In turn, we were instrumental in bringing to the denomination an Economic Justice resolution and are currently at work on bringing to the 2021 General Synod a Cash Bail Bond Reform resolution. (Read more about those resolutions here). We are also a founding member of the Southern Conference’s Creation Justice Network and remain active in their work addressing the climate crisis and environmental justice.
We recommend these online resources of the UCC.
- Into the Mystic – a podcast by the UCC General Minister and President, Rev. John Dorhauer
- Justice and Peace Action Network – an electronic advocacy action network
- The Pollinator – a blog by the UCC’s Environmental Justice Minister, Rev. Brooks Berndt
- Weekly Seeds – an online, lectionary-based devotional