The Church of Christ at Dartmouth College
is a congregation of the United Church of Christ, a denomination formed in 1957 by the union of the Congregational Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed church.
When our church was gathered in 1771, we were a Congregational church. Shortly thereafter, we became a Presbyterian church for a period of approximately 30 years. We became a Congregational church again until 1957, when a unanimous vote of the membership declared us to be a member congregation of the newly formed United Church of Christ.
Today our members come from a rich variety of denominational backgrounds and thus enhance the diversity we share in our unity in the body of Jesus Christ.
We share in the United Church of Christ's work through our local Grafton-Orange Association, our New Hampshire state conference, and the national General Synod. Ecumenically, we are members of the local clergy association, the New Hampshire Council of Churches, and the National and World Councils of Churches.
The purpose of our congregation, as stated in our bylaws, "is to show forth the love of God in the world through worship and service." The ministry of this congregation is "the responsibility of all its members, individually and collectively, as each and all strive to embody the love of God within the human community."
As an open and inviting church, we seek to share with all people the essence of our Christian heritage. Through worship, music, education, fellowship, and service we are dedicated to creating an environment where a living faith in Jesus Christ can grow and be strengthened.
Because we believe that all church members are ministers, we strive to do God's work in the world, relying on God's grace. Locally, we support a food depot, help with community dinners, organize special offerings, and respond to a variety of needs as they arise. As a congregation of the United Church of Christ, we support the work of our homeland and world ministries through our financial contribution to Our Church's Wider Mission.