Who We Are
Welcome to St. Luke's United Church of Christ! We are a progressive Christian church in far Northeast Philadelphia, a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC). We are also an Open & Affirming congregation.
What does all of this mean?
"Progressive" means, for us, that we are people who have found a path in the life and teachings of Jesus, and try to live out his message in our lives today. We believe that Jesus taught us God's way of justice, peace, and liberation for all people.
"Open & Affirming" - or ONA - is a United Church of Christ designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies within the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome, into their full life and ministry, to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. Not all UCC churches are ONA, but we proudly are. The reason is simple - we believe Jesus welcomed all, and so do we.
The United Church of Christ is our denomination, one of the oldest in the United States. The UCC traces its roots back to the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620. We were the first mainline denomination to ordain an African-American to ministry in 1785, and the first to ordain a woman in 1853. Our ancestors were staunch abolitionists in the 19th century, and our denomination was the first to ordain an openly gay person to ministry in 1972.
In short, we are a people who believe that God is still speaking, and we are listening!