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.
Upcoming Services - Online
Planting New Seeds: Church 3.0
Jesus taught through parables that connected with the people of his day and still provide opportunities for reflection in our day. Letting go of yesterday’s ways of doing and being church is like planting new seeds and not knowing exactly what those seeds become. In fact, we may plant seeds in the days to come that will mature after we are no longer around to experience the planting. Some say this is the essence of faith.
Becoming All Things to All People
The challenges and tribulations of these pandemic months unsettled life across the world. Like a sudden storm developing on the sea, fear and uncertainty affected us all. Emerging from such darkness we have fresh opportunities to connect with people who are spiritual but not religious. What might that look like? What are their stories and do we have ears to hear things that
do not reflect how we have expressed faith? We believe that we are a welcoming congregation because of a commitment to welcome individuals because of who they are and where they are on life’s journey.
A Note From Lee
Thinking Out Loud
As we focus on Embracing the Promise of the Phoenix, let me encourage you to revisit times in life when you felt devastated by events beyond your control, or perhaps choices made that resulted in dramatic change that left you wondering about (or even fearful of) what would come next. Questions like: How will I get through this? What comes next? Is there a way forward to stability and/or wholeness?
In my life, these questions were usually followed by a series of “what ifs?”: What if I don’t heal? What if there is no work to be found? What if the money runs out before help arrives?
Think about these kinds of experiences in your own history. What did you learn from them? How were you impacted by events in your own personal history? What role did faith play, if any, in moving through these life altering challenges? When you have time and if so inclined, reflect on your own history that has brought you to where you are today.
If you need to talk, or schedule a Zoom visit, send me a message.
Grace and Peace,
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.
Black Lives – All Lives Matter?
For several months, our front sign has joined with the widespread movement for racial justice with the statement, “Black Lives Matter.” Recently, chalked comments near our sign have countered with the statement, “All Lives Matter.” (Thank you for using chalk, and not paint!)
Read Wash Park thoughts on this issue here.
Helping Homeless Women
WHI Bag Lunch Update
from Bev Rexrode:
WHI Bag Lunch Brigade has another signup for delivery of 100 lunches to Network Coffee House. Please consider donating to the lunches. Sign up at this link:
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.