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Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.

Church is not a place to check your brain at the door. We believe that being created in God’s image includes using our minds to create and explore.

Never place a period where God has placed a comma,
Why? Because God is still speaking.

What is the United Church of Christ’s “Still Speaking” initiative? What does "Open and Affirming" mean?

Learn more about the kinds of churches that belong to the UCC, and the buzzwords that will help you find the church right for you.

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The Central Atlantic Conference

is the regional organization is comprised of five associations of UCC churches in the Mid-Atlantic region, stretching from New Jersey through the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The conference offices are located in Catonsville, MD. The Catoctin Association is one of the five associations in the Central Atlantic Conference and supports 38 United Church of Christ congregations in Western Maryland (34), West Virginia (3), and Virginia (1).

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The United Church of Christ

is a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The UCC was founded in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions. From the beginning of our history, we were a church that affirmed the ideal that Christians did not always have to agree with each other in order to live together in communion. Our motto–”that they may all be one”–is Jesus’s prayer for the unity of the church.

“…and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Micah 6:8

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The Mission of the Catoctin Association

The purposes of the Catoctin Association, as defined by its bylaws, include the following:



To work together with churches in this Association, seeking fellowship and counsel for mutual concern, Christian witness, and Christian service.
To carry on the work and exercise the functions of an Association of the United Church of Christ, as outlined in the Constitution and By-laws of the United Church of Christ



To cooperate with the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ and through the Conference, with the General Synod of the United Church of Christ, its Collegiums, Ministries, agencies and recognized bodies.



To support conference activities in new church development and church revitalization.



To promote the welfare of all local churches within its boundaries to the extent of seeking ways and means to assist local churches in their ministries in situations calling for help beyond their own resources.



To determine, confer and certify the standing of local churches and the standing of ordained ministers of the United Church of Christ within its boundaries.



To give guidance and assistance in the organization of new local churches.