Transformative
hope in a
complex world.

~ 10:00am each Sunday ~
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Welcome to Wash Park UCC!

A lively community of hope, joy, healing and love.

A Home for Those Seeking...

Rich, creative spiritual
journeys.

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.

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Upcoming Services

May Worship Services – 10am – Hybrid
 
May 5th – Reasons for Hope
Even in the best of times, change is unsettling and could be overwhelming. Some wonder about where they might move if their presidential candidate of choice isn’t elected! Add the chaos of campus protests, a former president on trial for alleged criminal acts associated with the 2016 election, genocidal wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, accelerating climate change and it is easy to despair for the future. This Sunday we will explore “Reasons to Hope” when life seems to be falling apart in the midst of uncertain futures.
 
May 12th – Connections (Diane Peterson leading)
Happy Mother’s Day!! Diane Peterson will be leading the service. This Mother’s Day service will be all about connections — mother child connections, our connection to nature, and our connections to others. Please join us and explore the important connections in our lives.  
 
May 19th – Becoming One in Spirit
On this Pentecost Sunday we will celebrate God’s Spirit being poured out on all humanity and all of creation. We will also participate in the Strengthen the Church offering of the United Church of Christ. In the United Church we affirm that all of us together are better able to help transform our world. On this Sunday we affirm that a 21st century faith welcomes and includes all of God’s creation, all humanity.
 
May 26th – Living as Children of God
Our sacred texts speak often of us as children of God. What does that mean? How is it relevant to a 21st century world? Perhaps our own family histories inform our considerations of what this might mean. For many, personal familial dysfunction negatively impacts such a vision. Experiencing a sense of grace may help one move past the hurt and pain. Others find in their family experiences more positive examples of being family and the affirmation that people are God’s children is welcomed as an expression of love. When we see one another as beloved children of God, what difference does it make??

 

Lee Berg - Minister
joined by St. Clare and St. Francis

Thinking Out Loud

As a faith community, we are evolving, transitioning, changing, starting anew (not over), with fresh resources, new possibilities, and different opportunities to reorient to an ever-evolving faith. And with these realities comes a full range of emotions, denial, grief, frustrations (the Change Curve), concerns, joys, uncertainties, and doubts.

Last year one of the primary foci was on remaining together as a faith community. What can we look forward to as we think of what a Sunday gathering might look like in a new location? Much will depend on where we relocate as a congregation. This issue of Contact has extensive information from our Next Steps group regarding our conversation on April 28th. It will help us be informed as we move toward deciding where we will relocate.

This we know: We will continue to gather as a beloved community, where we will sing, pray, share joys and concerns, consider readings and insights shared in sermons, partake of Communion, visit over coffee hour following the service, plan special gatherings, advocate for justice, participate in marches and be the church in the world. And we will find new neighbors, perhaps new partners in building community as the next chapters of Wash Park’s legacy begin to be written.

Teilhard de Chardin, toward the end of his life, responded to a young friend when she asked him to tell her about himself. She only knew him as “Mr. Tayer” because she couldn’t pronounce his name. He responded, “I believe that I am a pilgrim of the future.” And then he added, “Remain always true to yourself, but move ever-upward toward greater consciousness and greater love.” While many of us have graying hair, I hope we too can enjoy being pilgrims of the future. Remaining true to our Wash Park selves will help us move ever-upward toward greater consciousness and acts of service and love.

Grace and peace,
Lee

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Reproductive Justice Resources
Addressing the Dobbs decision
 
In the wake of the recent devastating Supreme Court ruling taking away the rights of women to make their own decisions about their reproductive health care, it’s really easy to feel enraged, immensely hopeless and helpless, and to wonder what to do next.
 
Helping Homeless Women

Volunteer with WHI

Sign up to help with the next lunch delivery and see updates on what WHI has been up to HERE.

For more information, contact Bev Rexrode (571-205-9095).

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.

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