Outreach, Justice & Earthwise
We are called to places of brokenness and suffering in this world, whether in our neighborhood or across the globe. We learn about and engage in acts of service and justice and strive toward God's vision of Shalom - peace with justice.
Open & Affirming
We, the members of Union Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Elk River, believe that every person is created by God, loved by God and invested by God with dignity and worth. Therefore, by vote of the congregation, we declare and commit ourselves to be an Open and Affirming church in the United Chutch of Christ, welcoming gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals to worship and enter into the full life and ministry of our church. As our church moves forward in mission, we commit to making justice and inclusivity a reality. We continue to invite and joyfully welcome into our community all people of every age, race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, economic and social status, ability, faith background and family structure. No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome at Union Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.
Our congregation has made a commitment to be Earthwise, an official recognition by the United Church of Christ. We have agreed to a plan of action including making energy efficiency a priority in the physical building, maximizing recycling, conducting energy audits, and identifying steps the congregation can take in protecting the environment at home. Through the State Clean Water Act grant, the Sherburne County Soil and Water Conservation District oversaw the design and installation of two critcally placed rain gardens on the church property. These gardens serve as filtration and purification systems for rain water run-off. The church also received a rain barrel which catches rainwater form our roof and allows us to water plants and flowers indoors and near the front door.
Through volunteer activities and fundraisers we actively support the work of local organizations such as:
CAER (local food shelf)
Meals on Wheels
Second Harvest Food Bank
Gifts Anonymous/Santa Anonymous
Open Doors for Homeless Youth
Toys for Tots
Reaching Out with the United Church of Christ
Doing justice, seeking peace and building relationships and community are central to the identity of the United Church of Christ. We invite you to join us in building a stronger faith-based movement for peace, justice, equality and inclusivity. We financially support the United Church of Christ, allowing its mission to flourish in the United States and throughout the world.
We contribute to all five of the special National UCC offerings:
Our Church's Wider Mission (OCWM)
Neighbors in Need (NIN)
One Great Hour of Sharing
Strengthen the Church
The Christmas Fund
Current Issues / Articles
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