The Clare Congregational UCC is a part of the United Church of Christ, which has about one million members, mostly in the United States. The United Church of Christ was formed in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions, including the Congregational Churches, the Reformed Church in the United States, the Christian Churches, and the Evangelical Synod of North America. It has a proud tradition of spiritual and social activism, including a number of historic firsts: the first African American ordained by a Protestant denomination (1785), the first woman since New Testament times ordained as a Christian minister (1853), and the first openly gay person ordained as a Christian minister (1972).
The Church today remains diverse. Historic statements of Christian faith, such as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, are honored in the United Church of Christ. However, the Church respects freedom and diversity of individual conscience, and we do not use a creed or catechism as a test of faith for our members.
The Clare Congregational UCC is part of the United Northern Association, which is part of the Michigan Conference of the UCC.