Alternative History

The United Church of Christ is an offshoot of the now moribund Mormon Church, as well as a Restorationist Church of Christ based on the discovery of the Didache in the middle east. Using the Didache as a basis, this new church sought a restoration to "basic Christianity," with an emphasis on faith in Christ, a modesty in one's dress and attitudes, and an emphasis on family and scholarship. The church holds nearly 12 million members.


Based on Joseph Smith III's rediscovery of the Apostolic Fathers, documents found in 1863 by Philotheos Bryennios, and translated into English by 1865. Joseph Smith, son of the founder of the Mormon church was experiencing a self-described 'crisis of faith' and was travelling from London to Constantinople at the time, when he met with Bryennios. Inspired by the documents, he began formulating a more basic form of Christianity, inspired by the works he saw and some of the other early Christian writings, forming his Apostolic Church of Christ, in Tennessee in 1869, which later spread through the midwest, and by 1878, saw over a million members.


The United Church of Christ bases itself on several tenets:

  • The Two Ways, as described in the Didache
  • The inerrant truth of the Bible
  • Mary is the Holy Mother, to whom one does not pray, but holds up as a paragon of motherhood.
  • The Didache shows Christians how they should live with one another, in addition to Paul's letters to the churches.
  • The Apocalypse of Peter and the Shepherd of Hermas show the torments of hell awaiting those who follow the way of death.
  • Women may not become clergy, but may serve the church and teach the Gospels.
  • The duty of all members is to God, then the family and its unity and harmony, through the teaching of the Gospels.
  • Divorce is only for cases of infidelity or acute abuse.
  • Marriage is only one man and one woman together.
  • Festivals and names that originated in pagan rituals, such as Easter, painting eggs, Christmas in winter, and so on are forbidden.


The United Church of Christ has a relatively flat organizational structure, intended to mimic the early church. There are bishops, which lead a bishopric consisting of a number of churches. Deacons are leaders of a single church, which may have one or two priests per church. An Archbishop is elected from amongst the bishops, leading the entire church for three years, after which time he returns to his bishopric.


  • Archbishop
    • Bishops over their bischoprics
      • deacons who head the running of a church
      • priests who run the church clergy
        • the Laity.


  • Rosh Hashanah
  • Sukkos
  • Hannukah
  • Pascal (Passover)
  • Pentecost
  • Yom Kipur
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Holy Thursday
  • Lent
  • Epiphany (January 6)