Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ is the oldest formally recognized African American Congregational Church in the world. We arae a fellowship of people who seek to understand and practice the Christian faith in a multicultural, ethically, and religiously diverse world. We welcome you to be a part of this faith journey.
Join us for worship service each Sunday at 11:00 am.
Many African American churches, often referred to as "Black Churches" have their institutional founding- origin in the 19th century. Many of these churches were a part of the Methodist and Baptist denominations. African Americans protesting their unequal treatment by these predominantly white led Christian organizations sparked African Americans to protest and form their own religious bodies.
The Christian religion as interpreted and practiced by Black Christians and their worship ethos and style reflect their denominational history and legacy, and a rich and complex history and character of African American cultural roots.
Since their beginning, African American churches have provided social support services of various kinds, social justice advocacy and initiatives promoting the physical, emotional, psycho-spiritual and social well-being of its members and wider community. These are some of the attributes that characterize our beloved Dixwell Congregational United Church of Christ. Founded as the Temple Street Church in New Haven in 1820, Dixwell Church is part of the history of America and the congregational church in New England and the city of New Haven. Its congregation reflects the multi-ethnic face of America. It became a part of the United Church of Christ which, as an eccIesial body, was established in 1957.
These are challenging times for our nation and world. What might be the role of religion in society in general and the value of what Christian churches offer to people today are questions no less important now than they were in 1820. Supporting and advancing the welfare of people and our society while also sharing its understanding of our relationship to God and its impact on how we treat one another remains the important work of the church and Dixwell Church in New Haven.
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New Haven, CT 06511
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