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.
July Worship Services – 10am – Hybrid
July 3 – Freedom to Live Free
What does freedom mean to you? We are informed by Paul’s writing to the friends in Galatia that it is for freedom that we have been set free. What does that mean in the 21st century? We have seen the majority of the current Supreme Court walk back the right to privacy on which Roe V Wade and other privacy rights depend. For the first time in our nation’s 246 year history, a human and civil right has been undermined by the Supreme Court. This 21st century effort to return us to the programs and practices of life in the mid-20th century must be met with courage to stand up to the storms emerging from this ruling. Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone assert that we find meaning in connecting with something larger than ourselves. Our connected selves provide that which we value most. We might call these a 21st century list of the Spirit’s gifts.
July 10 – Living Peaceful Lives in Violent Times
Builders often use a plumb line to evaluate the alignment of their work. In organization development we speak of aligning work with the mission and values of the organization as the standard. What are the standards against which we measure our efforts to resist oppressive systems like patriarchy, white supremacy, homophobia, Christian Nationalism? As we work for a just world for all, the standard by which we measure our work is love for the Divine and for our neighbor. Is it possible to live in peace with all while working to transform oppressive systems? We will also experience the sharing of Communion at a table that welcomes all because of who you are and where you are on life’s journey.
July 17- Working for the Common Good
Part of the reason we have such turmoil in our nation flows from a sense of entitlement. If one wants to openly carry weapons of war in public it is one’s right to do so for some. If it triggers a trauma in others who have seen such weapons used in mass shootings, tough luck it is one’s right to carry such firearms. Inflation is high and yet it is made higher by some industries who use inflation as a cover for greed. Those who pay the most for such greed are the poor. The prophet Amos describes an ancient practice that has a 21st century reality. The cure for 21st century greed might be found in the words of Amos condemning the abuse of the poor of his day. Our nation was built on an ideal of personal sacrifice for the common good. We will think about how we might address the dilemma we face.
July 24 – Sermon by Rev. Peter Sawtell
Our own Rev. Peter Sawtell will preach for us. Thank you, Peter for preaching for us while Lee recovers from knee surgery.
July 31 – Annual Summer Joint Worship at Kirk
We will gather with other area UCC churches for our annual summer joint worship service at Kirk of the Bonnie Brae. Other churches participating include, Kirk, 6th Avenue UCC, Salem and possibly other churches. We trust you will enjoy gathering with these other congregations in shared worship.
We are back to hybrid worship, in person and by Zoom. No sign-up is required to come in person.
We ask that you observe these guidelines to help keep everyone safe:
-Please observe social distancing
-One family group or two unrelated people per pew
-Based on current CDC guidelines, we ask that everyone wear masks inside the building
-Singing into your mask is OK with us
Whichever way you choose to attend, we welcome you!
A Note From Lee
The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade (5-4) last Friday has sent shock waves through the US and has impacted our standing among western democracies. Never before has a court declared that rights granted and protected under a right to privacy are unconstitutional. Justice Alito says not to worry, this decision applies to abortion because it involves pre-natal life. Justice Thomas says it applies to all rights which have been based on the right to privacy: gay rights and marriage equality, the right to use certain forms of birth control, and the right to interracial marriage. Thomas actually doesn’t identify this last one because he is in an interracial marriage himself.
Marching in Sunday’s Pride Parade was therapeutic. Sharing love, support and joy provide encouragement and hope during these difficult days. Thank you, Allyson and Peter, for facilitating our involvement in the Parade and thank you to all 16 who walked with us.
Happy Birthday United States!
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.