Our Rich Heritage . . .
Our predecessors in the faith founded some of the greatest private colleges here in the United States, including Harvard and Yale. Preachers in the Reformed tradition provided inspiration for the American Revolution. Later, they pioneered the Abolitionist movement before the Civil War. Following that terrible struggle, they founded many schools and colleges for the newly freed slaves. They ordained the first woman to the ministry in 1853, Antoinette Brown. During the late 1800s they advocated for the rights of workers and for many social reforms.
Heritage in our Local area . . .
Our church is an active member of the Lehigh County Conference of Churches, sending a crew of volunteers every month to its soup kitchen for over twenty years. We support Phoebe Ministries, the UCC-founded non-profit that cares for the elderly in seven counties. , Bethany Children's Home and Turning Point, the local women's shelter. In the 1960s we operated a coffee house for area youth. At present,, we are home to the Coopersburg Neighborhood Senior Center and Girl Scout troops.
We are a church that believes that faith is meant to be lived out in the world.
In Addition . . .
Our UCC ancestors sent the first missionaries oversees from the United States and formed active missions to Native Americans. Following the Civil War, there was a great outpouring of efforts to set up orphanages, hospitals and institutions for the aged. Our United Church of Christ has been an early and consistent advocate for the ecumenical cooperation by helping to begin community CROP walks to combat world hunger. In the 1980s, a UCC-commission exposed a pattern of siting toxic-waste sites and other hazards in poor communities and added the concept of "environmental racism" to the national debate.