Welcome to Wash Park UCC!
A lively community of hope, joy, healing and love.
A Home for Those Seeking...
Rich, creative spiritual
We build a safe and energizing home for exploring spirituality within a broad and inclusive framework.
We embrace and actively support each individual’s spiritual journey.
Profoundly supportive community.
We nurture a deep sense of belonging, with joy and laughter and, in times of need, profound support.
And for nearly a century, we’ve been a lively anchor place for deep cross-generational friendships and shared values.
Social and environmental justice.
Calling out and healing injustice takes many forms, and we are active across the spectrum.
In partnership with others in the wider community, we seek to make change in the world, with our core values of justice, peace, and care for the earth.
February Worship Services – 10am – Hybrid
This Sunday will consist of a smaller gathering due to many being away for the Women’s Retreat. Tom Luehrs will lead the service in Lee’s absence.
Feb. 11th — Joint Service at Sixth Ave UCC
We will gather with Kirk of the Bonnie Brae and Sixth Avenue UCC for a joint worship celebration. If you would like to join in singing with the choir, please arrive at 9am for choir rehearsal. Contact us for the sheet music.
Tom Luehrs and others will share new information regarding plans for WPUCC’s future, including developments with Mosaic, our prospective new home base.
Nancy Burke, CEO of St. Francis Center will share about the work and ministry of the Center that WPUCC has supported and been involved in over the years.
Thinking Out Loud
Black History Month continues to remind us of how needed such an emphasis is in our country. Significant leaders, in spite of the lessons of history, are afraid to affirm the Civil War was fought over slavery (see the Cornerstone Speech by Alexander Hamilton Johnson, VP of the CSA, 1861). The denial that systemic racism still flows through our country is yet another example of the need to recognize and celebrate the enormous contributions made by people of African descent to the good of humanity, made by those who shaped and continue to shape history. We have come a long way from the days of slavery, Jim Crow, and the institutionalized denial of human and civil rights represented in those parts of history.
And yet we are reminded by Black History Month that the struggle for human rights, civil rights, voting rights, the rights of women to make healthcare/abortion care decisions for themselves, for equal justice under the law, for equal pay for equal work, for access to healthcare – all of these struggles and more (food and housing insecurity, a just immigration system) remind us of the work before us.
Many are familiar with the words wrongly attributed to Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good [people] to do nothing.” The United Church of Christ, as a denomination, was formally organized in 1957 in an effort to unite congregations in the support of racial and social justice, a first for a predominately white denomination.
Thus began an uneven march for racial justice as a founding principle of a major Christian denomination. In 2023 the UCC elected the Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia A. Thompson as General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, the first woman and the first woman of African descent, to serve as leader of the denomination. Sunday, Feb 11, 2024 is Racial Justice Sunday in our denomination and we continue as individuals, as a faith community, as a denomination, to do what we can to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice.
At our semi-annual meeting Sunday, Jan. 28th, the prospects of our moving and selling the property known now as Washington Park United Church of Christ began to be real. Since August 21, 2023, and the 92% positive vote to sell and relocate, the Next Steps team and four volunteer groups, composed of approximately 30 different people, have been working on the multiple challenges, issues, questions, concerns and opportunities that are a part of this undertaking. Much information of progress made to date was provided, uncertainties. were acknowledged, requests for more information and feedback received, and the work and exploration continues.
For almost 100 years, the Washington Park faith community (yes, as a Congregational church, we pre-date the formation of the UCC denomination) has been an active part of people doing good, working to overcome the evils of the day, doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly. By deciding to remain together as a congregation, Wash Park will continue to live out this legacy wherever we relocate. We will fly Pride flags, we will welcome the stranger and others because of who they are and where they are on life’s journey, care for the hungry, help provide shelter for the homeless and support for migrants, and we will walk with one another through health challenges, dark valleys, and family crises because we are a beloved community. And when we grow weary, we will trust that others will come to join in making good trouble and overcoming evil with good.
Grace and peace,
Reproductive Justice Resources
At the Global Climate Strike
At Wash Park we believe social and eco-justice advocacy is better when we do it together.
In this video, our members and friends reflect on what it means to do this work as part of a spiritual community.