Congregation and the current church

First Congregational Church of Santa Barbara

First Congregational Church of Santa Barbara was founded in the 1860’s. We are a progressive congregation in the United Church of Christ that believes justice is a part of faith. In 1990 we adopted our Just Peace Statement, affirming our commitment to peace. In 1999 we adopted our Open & Affirming Statement, intentionally welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people into the full life and ministry of our congregation. We are a diverse congregation, expressing a wide variety of beliefs. We are also a family that enjoys welcoming others.

The United Church of Christ

The United Church of Christ¬†embraces a theological heritage that affirms the Bible as the authoritative witness to the Word of God, the creeds of the ecumenical councils, and the confessions of the Reformation. The UCC has roots in the “covenantal” tradition–meaning there is no centralized authority or hierarchy that can impose any doctrine or form of worship on its members. Christ alone is Head of the church. We seek a balance between freedom of conscience and accountability to the apostolic faith. The UCC therefore receives the historic creeds and confessions of our ancestors as testimonies, but not tests of the faith.

“No matter who you are, no matter where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here.”