The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a progressive Protestant tradition with roots in colonial America. The founders of St. Luke’s first gathered in 1776 in what became the borough of North Wales. We have worshipped in our present location since 1865.
The UCC came into being in 1957 with the union of two Protestant denominations: the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches. Each of these was, in turn, the result of a union of two earlier denominations.
The Congregational Churches were organized when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Plantation (1620) and the Puritans of Massachusetts Bay Colony (1629) acknowledged their unity. The Christian Churches sprang up in the late 1700s and early 1800s in reaction to the organizational rigidity of the Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist churches of the time.
The Reformed Church in the United States, formally organized in 1725, grew from congregations among German settlers in Pennsylvania. The Evangelical Synod of North American traced its beginning to an association of German Evangelical pastors in Missouri founded in 1840.
Today the wider United Church of Christ carries out ministries that . . .
• feed the hungry
• respond to disasters and human tragedies
• send help around the world
• reach out to our newest neighbors
• care for children and elders
The United Church of Christ witnesses to justice in society by . . .
• preaching a welcoming and open understanding of Christian faith
• taking stands for justice and peace
• celebrating diversity
• caring about people society casts off
These themes inform how we strive to grow our Christian faith and life style at St. Luke’s.