UCC – Our Denomination

Old First is one of over 5000 congregations across the United States that belong to the United Church of Christ (UCC). With colonial-era beginnings going back to the Pilgrims in New England and German immigrants in Pennsylvania, the UCC is a church with deep roots in the American story.

But we are not a museum. We keep evolving because God gives the Church a “responsibility… in each generation to make this faith its own in reality of worship, in honesty of thought and expression, and in purity of heart before God” (from Preamble of the UCC’s Constitution and By-laws). Answering this call to minister and make a difference in its time and place, the UCC today embraces spiritual, social and intellectual values relevant to the 21st century and the needs of its people.

Formed by a merger in 1957 — part of a loose, worldwide, ecumenical movement of “united and uniting churches” — the UCC is still a young church. The UCC’s high commitment to God’s mission in the world… to loving and serving real people honestly in the midst of whatever their needs… have left the denomination deeply affected, even changed, by recent social movements and political challenges within the United States and the world. In a short time, the UCC has grown in some surprising and far-sighted ways.

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Old First is, closer to home, an active member congregation in the UCC’s Pennsylvania Southeast Conference and the Philadelphia Association of the United Church of Christ. Members of Old First are regularly involved as leaders in the life of the broader United Church of Christ.