United Church of Christ
We are an Open and Affirming, Just Peace Church in the Progressive Christian Tradition
1220 NE 68th Street
Vancouver, WA 98665
Phone: (360) 693-1476
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Temporary Office and Worship Space
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Portable Trailer on Church Grounds
1220 NE 68th St.
Vancouver, WA 98665
Come worship with us!
Sundays at 10 a.m.
Luepke Senior Center
1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98663
See you there!
It is Wednesday morning, the day after the most divisive election we can remember in our lifetimes. Following Christ’s example, we continue to stand with and for those on the margins, especially those who are experiencing grief or fear on this day. Please know that this is a safe place for you if you are LGBTQI, a person of color, an immigrant fearing for your status. This is a safe place for you if you are poor, or a woman or disabled. This is a safe place for you.
The fear and name-calling that have been so much a part of this election have poisoned our public life in the past eighteen months. The way forward is not clear, but what it is clear is that as people of faith we must continue to rise up for compassion and for justice and for peace. No matter our feelings this morning, it is my prayer that we remember that our faith is bigger than any election cycle and that Christ’s beautiful presence will walk with us through all times and seasons.
I will be meeting with other local UCC leaders today to discuss how we can work together in the coming days to speak out against injustice, broaden our welcome and be havens for those who fear that the violent rhetoric of the election will place them and their loved ones in physical danger. As we learned after the fire, distressing events can have the unexpected result of bringing people of faith closer together. It is my prayer that these events will unite us in our conviction and commitment to create together God’s reign of peace and love and justice.
Please stay in touch. –Pastor Jennifer