Higher Education: The United Church of Christ is a School-Related Church!

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There are 48 educational institutions related to the United Church of Christ, including academies, colleges, universities, and seminaries. They span the United States. Each is independent, self-governing, and fully accredited.

Each institution expresses partnership with the church—closely- related schools participate as full members of the UCC Council for Higher Education; others are historically-related which means they recognize a past relationship with the church but are not full members of the Council.

These institutions provide opportunities to explore moral values, the importance of social responsibility, an ethic of service, and the ability to think critically. Many have campus ministries that are ecumenical and interfaith. Each embodies the UCC ethos where God is Still Speaking . . .


  • Kamehameha Schools, Honolulu, a residential and day school for grades K-12;ksinfo@ksbe.edu; Kamehameha is historically-related to the UCC.
  • Massanutten Academy, Woodstock, VA, a residential, co-ed military academy; www.militaryschool.com
  • Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA, a residential academy for grades 9-12; www.mercersburg.edu

College and Universities

Full Members of the UCC Council for Higher Education

Historically-Related Colleges and Universities

Seminaries of the United Church of Christ

Historically-Related Seminaries

Schools of the AMA:

The American Missionary Association, a predecessor body of the United Church of Christ, was a visionary organization dedicated to education and racial equality. The AMA founded six college that continue to relate to the UCC Council for Higher Education. These schools are historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and are racially diverse, welcoming students from a wide range of races and ethnicities.

UCC Council for Higher Education:

The UCC Council for Higher Education is the official network that holds the educational institutions together. The Council meets annually to explore the educational landscape of the UCC and the world. www.ucc.org/higher-education/ucc-council-for-higher.html

UCC Council for Theological Education:

The UCC Council for Theological Education is the official network of the seven seminaries of the UCC along with Conference and staff partners. The Council meets annually to explore theological education as it relates to the UCC as well as the world.


Campus Ministry


Campus Ministries and Academic Chaplaincies

“. . .After three days [Mary and Joseph] found [Jesus] in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions…And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.”Luke 4:46, 52(NRSV)