The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination primarily in the Reformed tradition, in historical continuation of the General Council of Congregational Christian churches founded under the influence of New England Puritanism. The Evangelical and Reformed Church and the General Council of the Congregational Christian Churches united in 1957 to form the UCC. These two denominations, which were themselves the result of earlier unions, had their roots in Congregational, Christian, Evangelical, and Reformed denominations.
The denomination places high emphasis on participation in worldwide interfaith and ecumenical efforts. The national settings of the UCC have historically favored liberal views on social issues, such as civil rights, LGBT rights, women's rights, and abortion rights. However, UCC congregations are independent in matters of doctrine and ministry and may not necessarily support the national body's theological or moral stances. It is self-described as "a pluralistic and diverse denomination.”
The United Church of Christ of Toms River has a 35 year history of worship and mission in our local community. We are a congregation that proclaims that “God is Still Speaking.” Those who attend are nourished by the message of love and are encouraged to bond together to serve the call of Christ.