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.
September Worship Services – 10am – Hybrid
September 4th – Who are Our Teachers?
The excitement of a new school year will soon give way to homework and tests, perhaps papers to write and projects to begin for those in school. Do you remember feeling like school would never end- Preschool through high school, college, graduate work, perhaps earning that which is called a terminal degree, only to find that school really doesn’t end? For some of us, the biggest challenges to overcome perhaps, may flow from believing that continuous learning is for others and not for us! Maybe, a return to being like children as they begin the quest for learning offers a path for us. Who are your teachers? To whom are you a teacher?
September 11th – We are Family
We will use our Gathering Sunday to celebrate being together, having made it through the harsh two years of Covid loss and impacts. We are learning to live with the presence of the virus much as we do other cold and flu viruses. We will use this Sunday to express our gratitude for the life lessons learned, the growth in doing church in new ways that incorporate the ability to reach well beyond the church proper and our community to welcome friends in other states. It isn’t yet Thanksgiving, but this Sunday will be a time of gratitude for having come this far through difficult days.
September 18th – “Revisiting the Woman Accused of Adultery” John 7:52-8:11
Rev. Dr. Don Grant will be preaching for us while Lee is away for a trip to Houston and Dallas. Don’s book Super Polluters: Tackling The World’s Largest Sites of Climate-Disrupting Emissions and a forthcoming book Nursing the Spirit: Care, Public Life, and the Dignity of Vulnerable Strangers show the diverse interests and background Don brings to Wash Park.
September 25th – Wash Park’s Sunday in the Park
A picnic will take place at Alamo Placita Park. We were not able to enjoy La Foret this fall so we are looking forward to sharing a picnic, games, songs and other activities. More details will follow.
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
Thank you Judy Murray, Sharon Larson, C-3 and all who helped with last Sunday’s Potluck breakfast. We had a wonderful meal, good attendance and a gathering service made more personal by all who shared lessons learned and expressions of gratitude. Combined with remembering the events of 09/11/2001 and the sharing of Communion, we were truly a Family of Faith, Hope, and Love.
I will be away this weekend in Houston attending a high school reunion with over two hundred others from the class of 1972. We will remember classmates no longer with us, celebrate being healthy enough to attend, and renew friendships that have survived these past 50 years. I’m sure someone will bring a life size cardboard cutout of the actor Patrick Swayze, a 1971 graduate, who died at 57. We will likely talk about how good people look, all things considered. And then as the night wears on, talk about how old some of us look. And hopefully end the evening grateful for life, for friends, for memories, for family and the opportunity to gather on a special occasion.
Thank you Rev. Dr. Don Grant for preaching for us Sunday. And I will return next week and look forward to our Wash Park picnic at Alamo Placita Park at 3rd and Emerson. We will gather at 10:00am at the Park and enjoy games and food and perhaps a song or two and a devotional thought.
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday,
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.