Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities. The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith. When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus"—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement. Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.
While the denomination is on the cutting edge of history, the UCC recognizes that each person and congregation is on their own journey at their own pace. We all have a spectrum of belief and understanding. Ebenezer lives the turth that there is a place for everyone, no matter where our beliefs fall on the spectrum of acceptance and support. Supporting others where they are at in life and belief is critical. Our local church is made up of people span the spectrum from conservative to liberal.