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TLC is a Community/Congregation/Church in the Roanoke Valley area that is Open/Welcoming and Affirming, and Progressive. We want to be multiethnic, multicultural, forward-looking, yet rooted in the best of Christian tradition. We are related to the UNITED CHURCH of Christ, through the Shenandoah Association of the Central Atlantic Conference.
We are a community true to our invitation: "No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here." You are welcome and may be fully involved in the life and leadership of this community, without boundaries of ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity or orientation, domestic relationship, ability, or socioeconomic status. "Jesus didn't turn people away---neither do we."
A bit about the UCC
The roots of the UCC, in one line, grew out of the English Reformation (when King Henry VIII separated the Church in England from the Catholic Church of Rome). Some believed Henry's reforms were wholly ineffective so they broke from the Anglican Church and became Separatists (the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620). Others (Puritans) believed his reforms were only partly effective but could be repaired, eventually settling Massachusetts Bay in 1636. In 1648 these groups merged and formed the Congregational Denomination. In the early 20th century they were joined by Christian Churches in the South to become the "Congregational Christian Churches."
In the early 20th century, in areas of the US settled in the 18th century by German immigrants, Calvinists and Lutherans came together to form the Evangelical and Reformed Synod. Following an extended courtship the E&R and CCC merged in 1957 to become the United Church of Christ.
The UCC is in Full Communion with the Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian Church USA, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Reformed Church in America, United Church of Canada, and over 200 member denominations of the World Communion of Reformed Churches. We also have formal ecumenical partnerships with the Alliance of Baptists and member denominations of Churches United in Christ.