Welcome to Exploring UCC History, Polity, and Theology, a curriculum resource for exploring how the United Church of Christ thinks, proclaims, works, equips, and engages each part of the denomination to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
Why use this curriculum?
Understanding the denomination of which you are a part—its commitments, its understanding of God in the world, its history and structures and visions—deeply matters. When we invest our time and talent, gifts and service, prayers and presence in the United Church of Christ faith community, it is important to understand the purpose of that community.
Whom is this for?
The curriculum is composed of several learning sessions that can be used independently or together to create a series. It is designed for confirmation, adult small groups, retreats, new member courses, Committees on Ministry, conference boards, and other any gathering of folks who are curious about what it means to be a part of the UCC. Check out the overview for suggested series of lessons for different contexts; but, above all, select and arrange the sessions to fit your context.
How does it work?
Each learning session includes a facilitator guide, video, resources, and activities to help you explore more fully the unique history, governance structure, and theological commitments of the UCC as well as how the story of this denomination is still unfolding. Simply download the facilitator guide for the lessons you’ll teach and use the link provided to view the videos in that session.
What else should I know?
Read an overview curriculum and how it works here.
Exploring UCC History, Polity, and Theology
- The United Church of Christ: Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.
Part One: Our Heritage and Beginnings
- The Beginnings of the United Church of Christ: Our Roots in Four Traditions
- More Than Just Four Traditions: Exploring Hidden Histories of the United Church of Christ
- The Statement of Faith: A Testimony, Not Test
- A Church of Firsts: A Historic and Ongoing Commitment to Joining Faith and Action
Part Two: Church Polity: Organization, Structures, and Relationships
- The Local Church: Membership, Organization, Freedoms, and Responsibilities
- A Commitment to Covenant: Connecting Congregations with the Wider Church
- General Synod: The Gathering of the Wider Church
- Church Designations and Statements of Public Witness: Responding to the General Synod
- The Question of Authority: Exploring Where Authority Resides in the UCC
Part Three: Ministry: Local and Global
- Worship in the UCC: Diverse in Practice, United in Scripture, Song, and Sacrament
- Ministers and Ministerial Authorization: Members in Discernment, Ministerial Accountability, and Search and Call
- Global Ministries: Global and Local Partners to Work for Justice, Reconciliation, and Peace
- The Future of the UCC: Discerning Our Purpose, Mission, Vision, and Strategic Vision