It is self-described as "an extremely pluralistic and diverse denomination".
This article is about a specific fellowship of Christian congregations.
Earlier this spring, the UCC, the lead plaintiff, reached out to local congregations, including Holy Covenant, to ask pastors if any church members might be candidates to join the suit.
The International Churches of Christ was formerly referred to as the ICC.
The International Churches of Christ has a number of distinctives.
It was after all, their religious community and the church that had been their home for their 13-year relationship.
But there was a problem: Holy Covenant is in Charlotte, North Carolina, a state that does not allow ministers to perform legal same-sex marriages.
Represented chiefly in the United States and one of several branches to develop out of the American Restoration Movement, they claim Biblical precedent for their doctrine and practice and trace their heritage back to the early Christian church as described in the New Testament.
More broadly, the Restoration Movement was an evangelistic and Bible-based effort launched in various places as several people sought a return to the original teachings and practices of the New Testament.For Churches of Christ that do not agree with congregational support of church or para-church organizations, see The churches of Christ (non-institutional).For groups of autonomous congregations using the name "church of Christ" that have no historical connection with the Restoration Movement, see Churches of Christ (non-Restoration Movement). Churches of Christ are autonomous Christian congregations associated with one another through distinct beliefs and practices.The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination, with historical confessional roots in the Reformed, Congregational and Evangelical Protestant traditions, and "with over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members".The Evangelical and Reformed Church and the General Council of the Congregational Christian Churches united in 1957 to form the UCC.Ministers who do marry a couple that has not yet obtained a marriage license can face misdemeanor charges punishable by up to 120 days in jail.