Our History

Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ was founded here in Lansing over one hundred years ago, in 1893.

Our church actually started as a Sunday School extension of Plymouth Congregational Church and quickly expanded into a separate church and congregation in the community.

As a church of the congregational tradition, Pilgrim shares a church history with the pilgrims who came to America seeking spiritual freedom in 1620, and with the American patriots who dumped tea at Boston Harbor in 1773 in a prelude to the American Revolution.

Pilgrim is a member of the United Church of Christ, or UCC. UCC churches have a history of being independently and democratically operated churches, each with the ability to self-govern. Because of this, UCC churches hold a wide latitude of beliefs that reflect the unique makeup of their communities and individual congregations.

In the UCC, we affirm the fact that Christians do not always have to agree with one another to nevertheless live together, in community and in peace. Because faith can be expressed in many different ways, the United Church of Christ does not rely on any single creed as a test of faith. Instead, we encourage many testimonies of faith.

Throughout our history, the UCC has been bold in extending an invitation to all. The UCC’s historic denominations were the first protestant denominations in the United States to ordain an African American pastor, in 1785, and the first to ordain a female pastor, in 1853. The UCC was also the first mainline Protestant denomination in the United States to ordain an openly gay person as a minister, when in 1972 the UCC’s Golden Gate Association ordained the Reverend William R. Johnson.

This Week at Pilgrim

Sunday Service - 9:30 a.m. 
Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. 
Monday Bible Study - 10 a.m. 

Everyone is Welcome!

Welcoming & Affirming Statement

We, the members of Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, extend our invitation and welcome to all who wish to take part in the mission and ministry of this congregation, and affirm all persons of every race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or socio-economic status as children of God. 

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Find Us

125 S. Pennsylvania Avenue
Lansing MI 48912
(517) 484-7434

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