hope in a
complex world.

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Welcome to Wash Park UCC!

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

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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

March Worship Services – 10am – Hybrid

March 5th – Shoes That Take Us Into the World – Helping God Save This World
Some of you who are football fans may remember seeing signs raised in the end zones of games as a team who had just scored a touchdown, kicked an extra point. These signs usually read, “John 3:16.” This is a reference to the Bible verse John 3:16 that states, “God so loved the world that God gave God’s only son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life.” The next verse adds, “God didn’t send God’s son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” The usual interpretations of these verses focus on life after death, but what if these verses, verse 17 specifically, refers to life in this world? We will consider the implications of these thoughts for saving the world in which we live today.

March 12th – On the Other Foot – A Different Starting Point
On this Communion Sunday, Eric will preach while Lee and Cindy take time to be with grandkids and their parents in Winter Park. Drawing on some surprising (and unlikely) pieces of historic Christian thought, plus modern-day theologies of liberation and ecology, Eric will suggest ways that the work of justice calls for a different starting point than our usual everyday perspective. This journey into the heart of the world begins not just with a single step, but with another way of seeing that world and our place within it.

March 19th – Blaming God or at Least the Shoes
When we walk in the world among those in need, we can’t control the narrative of the people we encounter. Jesus walked where the people lived and walked. His shoes, sandals, took him into a world in need, where people in need sought his help and support. And the religious leaders of his day saw people in need as opportunities to engage in theological discourse. “Who sinned that caused this man to be born blind, this man or his parents?” they asked. As we consider “Next Steps” for Wash Park, where will our shoes take us and what difference will we make in God’s beloved world and God’s beloved community.

March 19th, 5:30pm – Special Service: Tenebrae for Creation
This special service by Rev Allyson Sawtell is scheduled for 5:30 pm. She shares the following:

With each species going extinct, a light is extinguished. With each glacier disappearing, a light is extinguished. With each child stunted by lead poisoning, a light is extinguished. With each transgender and Native American woman murdered and missing, a light is extinguished. With each river run dry, a light is extinguished. The list goes on. And Christ is betrayed and crucified in the devastation of God’s Creation.

The story of Jesus’ Last Supper, betrayal, and crucifixion is an ancient story, played out today through our world’s multitudinous acts of violence, and environmental devastation. This Tenebrae service of candlelight and candle-extinguishing, this service of Communion and community explores entering into the shadows of Christ’s crucifixion in the devastation of Creation’s web of life.

March 26th – Shoes for the Journey: Meeting Today’s Needs While Shaping the Future
Jesus learns that his dear friend Lazarus (brother-in-law?) is ill in Bethany and his beloved Mary and her sister Martha, are worried for their brother. The disciples are worried that if Jesus returns to Bethany he is likely to die. He goes to where the need is, changes the outcome of Lazurus’ illness, changes his world and provides a path that we can follow in our world. That path leads us to those in need in our world. That path calls us to challenge the destructive systems of our day. Where will we invest our time, our energy, our resources?

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

A Note from Lee

This week the UCC Council of Health and Human Services Ministries met in Denver and I have enjoyed attending and learning about the work the various member organizations do across the country. This was the 85th meeting of CHHSM and I was amazed at the scope of work accomplished by these organizations. Over the last year, these organizations have contributed $1 billion in uncompensated care to thousands of people from children to seniors. The dedication of these organizations, their staffs and supporters to caring for the needs of their clients makes a significant difference in so many lives. They exemplify doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with those they serve and with God.
I also learned that churches like Washington Park are wrestling with their own versions of “Next Steps.” Some are finding answers to their questions in the communities they serve. Others look for new opportunities to repurpose their land and buildings and/or new ways to employ resources in mission and ministries. We live in changing times which call us to exercise the collective wisdom of our Wash Park faith community to address human needs exacerbated by earth threatening climate change. Robin Miller has begun meeting with Administry to help facilitate our ongoing congregational conversation. It is clear that shared values and shared relationships undergird the interests expressed as we explore possibilities and what we sense God is calling us to do and to be. Each of you (us), is vital to this process of imagining and shaping Wash Park’s future.
Eric will be preaching for us this week while Cindy and I will take some time to ski with our grandkids (and their parents) at Winter Park next week. Thank you Eric.

Grace and Peace,

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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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