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.
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.
Upcoming Services - Online
Communion Service with Guest Preacher Jen Simon
SUNDAY Zoom Worship Celebration – 10:00 am
For August’s communion service, our guest preacher will be Jennifer Simon, who recently graduated from Iliff School of Theology. Jen’s areas of passion include racial justice, working for liberation for all people, and embodied worship that lets us bring our whole selves.
Jen preached for us once before, in February 2019; click here to watch that sermon
Persistence: An Eye-Opening Experience
SUNDAY Zoom Worship Celebration – 10:00 am
In the Gospel story we will reflect on this week, Jesus didn’t want to be bothered by an outsider. She persisted and he learned a lesson that speaks to the challenges of systemic racism that we face today. Who do we exclude from the grace of God??
A Note From Lee
One of the joys of doing electronic services from the church on Sunday is that I get to be in the sanctuary and we all get to connect electronically. We miss you when you are gone, and always look forward to “seeing” you on Zoom if that is your way of connecting to the service.
We enter into August in anticipation of some aspects of life returning in new ways. Pro baseball, golf, basketball, a new form of NFL training camp, and a variety of paths toward educating our students while searching for vaccines and Covid-19 therapies that will overcome the virus.
A crashing economy, millions out of work, expiring moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures impact us and offer new opportunities to care for those hurting in these times. The mission that drove Jesus in his day seemed impossible, and our mission may seem impossible to us today. Scarcity models drove some in Jesus’ day, as they do some in our day. So, let’s offer the Divine what we have to offer and do what we can, when we can, where we can, for as long as we can in fulfilling our mission!!
Part of my looking forward to Sunday flows from being enriched in soul and spirit by our being in community with one another. As we face these days, may we continue to find encouragement in community with one another. I hope to see you Sunday, because we simply are not the same without you!!
If you need to talk, or schedule a Zoom visit, send me a message.
Network Coffee House
Since 1978 the primary desire has been to create a hub for redemptive relationship by sharing coffee in Capital Hill. Healing begins and ends with relationship.
Due to COVID we have had to adjust our typical program to provide some basic emergency needs for our neighbors. We’ve handed out as many as 500-700 sack lunches a week along with water and of course, coffee.
Find out how you can help.
Kairos Book Study
8/2, 8/9, 8/16 After Worship
Our Kairos Call to Action Working Group invites us to a 3-week book study of Cathedral on Fire: A Church Handbook for the Climate Crisis by Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt. To sign up, email Allyson Sawtell and you will then receive the Zoom link shortly before the sessions begin. You can get books from Allyson for $5 a copy, or order directly from UCC Resources.
Helping Homeless Women
This news clip from local CBS station talks to the efforts that Diana Flahive (the force behind the Women’s Homeless Initiative) is currently leading. They are interviewing Diana on the current effort of WHI for the women being moved from the Coliseum to other locations this week. (These collection efforts were in last week’s email blast from Diana.)