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St. James is proud to be affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action.  

Given our commitment to faith and action, we as a denomination have often chosen to be the first regarding key issues, even though at times it meant being out in front with no one behind or beside us.

We were the first:

  • historically white denomination to ordain an African–American (1785),
  • the first to ordain a woman (1853),
  • to first to ordain an openly gay man (1972),
  • and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry (2005).  

In addition, we were at 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.

The United Church of Christ has 1.1 million members throughout the United States and is made up of nearly 5,100 congregations. 

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