The United Church of Norman-UCC has changed its name to “First Congregational Church of Norman, UCC” to reflect the early roots of its denomination. Established in 2007 as a church plant of Mayflower Congregational UCC in Oklahoma City, the First Congregational Church of Norman, UCC has served as a voice of progressive theology and social justice in Norman.
The new name will better reflect the values of The United Church of Christ (UCC), which emphasizes humanity’s need for justice and spiritual freedom and for principals of faith as stated in Micah 6:8. The UCC was the first white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian denomination to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry.
The First Congregational Church of Norman, UCC is an open and affirming church and has six core values: live and work for social justice, live and work for human dignity, practice radical inclusion, be a faithful community, be followers of Jesus, and promote non-dogmatic Christianity.
To help kick-off the church’s new name, a “Fall Series of Guest Pastors” will begin in October and includes:
Rev. Mike Bumgarner (October 8),
Dr. Charles Kimball (October 15),
Rev. Lori Walke (October 22),
Dr. Lavonn Brown (October 29),
Dr. Bruce Prescott (November 12),
Rev. Dr. R. Mitch Randall (November 19), and
Dr. Robin R. Meyers (November 26).
The church meets at 1017 Elm Avenue. Worship services begin at 11:00 a.m. and adult education at 9:45 a.m.