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hope in a
complex world.

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Reproductive Justice Resources

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

August Worship Services – 10am – Hybrid
 

August 7th – “It’s not Christians, but Christian Nationalism.”
This subject grows out of the combining of nationalism with the myth that the United States is a Christian nation. Some politicians believe that the two go together, they are getting tired of this separation of church and state stuff. We will consider some of the facts that were present in the founding of the colonies and others present by the time of establishing the new nation. Chris Kratzer is a former evangelical minister who declares that Jesus can’t be nationalized. He has some insights worth considering as we claim our voices as a faith community that knows the difference between patriotic Christians and “Christian” patriotism.

August 14th – “It’s not heterosexuals, but Homophobia.”
Homophobia has resurfaced yet again and has put targets on the backs of LGBTQ+ individuals and public schools where teachers and education employees have been on the receiving end of harsh allegations. Some militia groups have interrupted Pride month activities in public libraries and parades. Frequently the idea of protecting children is used as justification for such Anti-LGBTQ+ behavior. Appeals to biblical teachings are made without explanation. We will consider how we as a faith community can continue to speak out against such and work for fair and just laws and protections for all who are the victims of these kinds of threats. We will explore both theology and context for offering a different way and path that welcomes all.

August 21st – “It’s not men, but Patriarchy and Misogyny.”
Through the centuries Patriarchy, often accompanied by misogyny, has played a leading role in western religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam). Jesus rejected the idea that faithful leadership in communities should rest with only men. He consistently violated the norms of his day and included both women and men in his call to follow him. While we are moving toward equity in some aspects of society, the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe has challenged personal autonomy for healthcare decision making for women of child bearing age. The efforts to ban access to abortion care are led by men believing that they are capable of making such decisions for women. To ensure compliance, those who seek and those who provide abortion care are threatened with criminal prosecution. So how do the teachings of faith address these issues? What about Kansas??

August 28th – “It’s Not whites, but White Supremacy and Racism.”
At the root of these oppressive systems rests the abomination of white supremacy. The undergirding beliefs of white supremacy drive the injustices imposed on indigenous peoples, slaves, immigrants, persons of color, LGBTQ+ and anyone else identified as an enemy of the supremacists. White Supremacists target efforts to combat climate change for they believe they are to exercise dominion over the earth. Often White Supremacy hides behind the cross of Christianity and waves Christian flags as they seek to justify their brutality in the name of God. Our faith calls us to give witness to better ways of justice, love and care for those who are disenfranchised by white supremacy. Jesus rejected such hate and we are called to do the same today. We will explore how we as a faith community can change the dynamics of such systemic oppression.

NOTE:

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!

 

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

A Note From Lee

This coming Sunday we will recognize Kathryn Rodriguez with a reception in her honor by her extended family group. She is leaving Denver to be near her family. We will have Wash Park cards available Sunday morning that we can use to write notes of appreciation and well wishes to send with Kathryn as she leaves Denver.

She has thoroughly enjoyed being among friends who live their faith and commitment to justice in so many ways. And we have loved her heart for people and for doing justice. We will miss Kathryn and look forward to seeing her on Zoom when she can join us. Thank you, Kathryn, for being such a wonderful part of Wash Park and our ministry in the community almost 20 years.

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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