1620 – Pilgrims seek spiritual freedom, forbearers of the New England Puritans
1700 – Early stand against slavery
Rev. Sewall writes the first anti-slavery pamphlet in American, “The Selling of Joseph”. Laying the foundation for the abolitionist movement a century later.
1785 – First ordained African American…
…Rev. Lemuel Haynes, became a renowned preacher and writer.
1812 – First foreign missionaries (to India)
1817 – First School for the Deaf
1839 – Defining moment for the Abolitionist movement
Chained Africans seize control of the slave ship Amistad. They are recaptured and jailed in New Haven, CT. Congregationalists and other Christians organize a campaign to free the captives. The Supreme Court rules the captives are not property, and the Africans regain their freedom. The jailed African’s lawyer was John Quincy Adams.
1853 – First ordained woman, Pastor Antoinette Brown, serves a congregation
1957 – The United Church of Christ is formed…
…when the Evangelical and Reformed Church unites with the Congregational Christian Churches, embracing believers of African, Asian, Pacific, Latin American, Native American and European descent.
1972 – First ordained openly gay Pastor – Rev. William R. Johnson
2005 – Marriage Equality