Bill Johnson '68 made history as the first openly gay man to gain ordination to the mainstream Christian ministry.
The influential theologians who graduated from the College a century ago left a deep impact on Elmhurst and the world.
» Elmhurst & the UCC
Elmhurst is a college of the United Church of Christ.
Simply put, that means that our values and our vision are in line with those of the United Church of Christ. It means that the College is open and welcoming to people of all faiths—and of none. It means that the College encourages students to examine their values and confront moral questions. In short, it means that the College affirms the spiritual basis for living a meaningful and purposeful life. All students take a course in religion and theology, ensuring that they learn about religious traditions and examine their own values.
Elmhurst is one of 19 colleges and universities that have chosen to be listed with the church as a "full member" institution of higher learning. Throughout its history, the UCC has sought to overcome the limitations of denominationalism and parochialism in pursuit of Christ's vision that "they may all be one." The church stands for social justice and religious freedom; values debate and free inquiry; and honors the integrity of the individual conscience. As such, it is a fitting partner for a 21st century liberal arts college.
The College's Strategic Plan calls for the College community to clarify its understanding of Elmhurst's relationship with the UCC, articulate the two institution's shared values and implement programming appropriate to this renewed understanding.