About Our Church
We are a welcoming people, a church that reaches out to invite and include persons of every age, tongue, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and religious background.
We are a people of hope, who reach out with a radical openness to the diversity of God’s gifts. In this spirit, we seek to reconcile with those who have been condemned and injured not only by the Church but also by society, and stand with them in their struggle for equality and justice.
First Congregational Church was founded in 1880 and the first meetings were held in a small adobe room in Old Town. By the beginning of 1881 the congregation had grown enough to require their own building and the Church purchased land near downtown Albuquerque and built their own building. First Congregational Church was the only Protestant Church in the territory of New Mexico at that time. The church occupied a series of buildings in the downtown area until in 1949. As the City of Albuquerque expanded towards the mountains the decision was made to follow this expansion and the church moved to its current location near the University of New Mexico.
In February of 2001 the Congregation voted to become an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ's (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in 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.
First Congregation became a Peace with Justice Church within the National United Church of Christ’s Just Peace Church initiative on January 25, 2009 and as such we participate and support Social Justice causes as part of our mission.
In May 2016, we voted become a Green Justice Congregation. First Congregational United Church of Christ, Albuquerque, recognizes the interconnectedness of all creation as a manifestation of God, commit ourselves to care for Mother Earth's resources in a responsible and just way. We dedicate ourselves to take concrete steps to reduce our carbon footprint and urge community members to join this effort. We affirm Environmental Justice and embrace the global effort to preserve the earth's resources for generations to come by educating, using resources responsibly, establishing relationships with other organizations invested in sustainability, and promoting policies that ensure a safe and healthy environment for all.
Our purpose as an Open and Affirming (ONA), Peace with Justice congregation, shall be to serve in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a sign and symbol of God's love for the world. As people of hope, we reach out with a radical openness to the diversity of God's gifts and to the forms of ministry to which Christ calls us. We believe that we are called to express God’s peace and love by working for peace with justice in our personal lives, in our church, in our community, and in the world and commit to work persistently for non-violence and the peaceful resolution of conflict . We advocate for human dignity, defending and respecting the basic human needs and rights of every individual and promote the integrity and sustainability of all God’s creation. We believe that God is still speaking and calling us into new ministries of love, justice and inclusiveness .