WHO WE ARE
We have a long history! Peace United Church of Christ was founded in 1905 – yes, way back then. After a couple of years meeting in homes, our “mother church” St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, built our first church building on 7th and Broadway (now it’s a Holiday gas station). There were various changes over the years between affiliations and focus but in 1956, Peace opened its doors to our current location. In 1957, Peace Church officially became part of the United Church of Christ, which is a merger of four denominations. To learn more about our conference, visit the United Church of Christ website. Or for more information about the bylaws of Peace Church read more here.
An Open and Affirming Congregation
In September 2006, Peace United Church of Christ voted to become an Open and Affirming (ONA) Congregation. 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. You can learn more about the ONA Coalition here.
In September 2017, Peace Church approved a resolution to provide physical refuge for those in the community facing deportation orders, also known as becoming a Sanctuary Church. More information regarding Sanctuary Church. You may learn more about this here.
A Lasting Legacy
Over the nearly 115 years we have been in Rochester, our staff and congregation have been integrally involved in the community and in many social justice issues. For the past 18 years through today, Pastor Paul Bauch remains passionate about social justice and creating an open and affirming place where everyone feels safe and welcome.
In between services, we serve coffee and baked goods, so everyone can mingle and get to know one another. If you’re new, we’ll handle the introductions. From September through May, we serve a community meal after the second service. We hope you’ll break bread with us and get to know this very special community of people we call home and meet other brothers and sisters in Christ.