The United Church of Christ (UCC) Board would like to invite every setting of the denomination to begin prayerfully discerning this:

In your setting for ministry, how do you and your worship family live out their call to build a just world for all?

Want to learn more about how to strengthen justice ministry in your congregation? Check out the National UCC’s Justice Resources.

Church Designations

Accessible to All

Accessible to all (A2A) refers to congregations that have completed the Accessible to All process and thereby made the commitment to be physically and attitudinally welcoming of people with disabilities.

Creation Justice Church

Justice is more than just changing light bulbs. It is about a transformation of our hearts and minds to see God’s creation in new ways that lead to living in new ways. It is about acting on new values in your life and in the life of your community.

Faithful & Welcoming

This designation is for churches that identify under the umbrella of evangelical, conservative, orthodox or conservative. They are a group that believes in holding true to covenant by staying affiliated with the UCC.

God is Still Speaking

God is Still Speaking is the identity campaign that branded the UCC in a distinctive way and helped define its progressive voice in the faith community, make religion relevant again, and to extend an extravagant welcome to all.

Economic Justice Church

Work to continue and strengthen the UCC’s work for economic justice by taking action in your congregation and helping those on the margins and at risk.

Just Peace Church

The Just Peace Church vision is a hallmark of UCC theological identity. The Just Peace Church corporately names and boldly proclaims a public identity as a justice-doing, peace-seeking church.

Open & Affirming

Open and Affirming (ONA) is the UCC designation for making a public covenant of welcome to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

Border & Immigrant Justice

Reach out with hope and in faith to migrants at our borders and across the country. This is a delicate path for many churches but one that MANY are called to.

UCC W.I.S.E. for Mental Health

Advocate for all persons with mental illness who are falling through the fraying safety net. A W.I.S.E. congregation is Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, and Engaged.

3 Great Loves 

3 Great Loves is our denomination-wide story telling initiative. In the coming years, the UCC will collect and lift up the stories of our local churches and affiliates. Stories about how we are living out God’s love and expressing love of neighbor, children and creation, our 3 Great Loves. From knitting clubs making hats for newborns; collecting food for food pantries; standing together against a social injustice; no story is too insignificant to share.

The hope of this initiative is to tell, and share the story, of how individuals, churches and organizations of the UCC are impacting and transforming the world as covenantal partners united in our common purpose, vision and mission. Work that lives out the love of God and leads to creating a just world for all.