Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ

A Diverse Community of Seekers, Called to Compassion and Justice Denver, CO
Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ
Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ
Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ
Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ
Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ
Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ
Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ
Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ
Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ
Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ
Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ
Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ
Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ

Who We Are

We are called to bold acts of compassion and justice. We welcome 20 women to our overnight shelter 26 nights of the year. We are also activists in the community around issues of violence, poverty, race and more. We have been open and affirming to the LGBTQ community for 25 years. We believe faith is empty outside of living it to love God and one another. We are not afraid of the label "liberal" and strive to educate children in the ways of loving compassion for the earth and all humanity

About Us

Vibe
Casual, Traditional Liturgy, Gay affirming, Neighborhood-focused, Multigenerational, Inclusive, Down to Earth, Progressive

Programs
Community Service, Social Justice, Faith and Work, Children's Ministry, Youth Group, Choir, Missions, Nursery, Adult Education, Food Pantry, Preschool, Disability

Music
Traditional Hymns, Gospel Choir, Organ, Jazz, Contemporary

Denomination
United Church of Christ

Size
Small

Language
English

Founded
1949

Plan Your Visit

Services

Contact

Address
2600 Leyden St
Denver, CO 80207

Phone
303-322-9122

Website

Directions
Get directions on Google Maps

Our Services

What are services like?
At our 10am service, one Sunday will include the sound of an excellent organ, one Sunday it will be a gospel band, one Sunday it will involve new music from a songbook... Our music is eclectic and all volunteer played, under the direction of a paid music director. The sermons often address current issues, always seeking to understand the Bible from a progressive Christian point of view. Communion is open to all and served once a month. Children stay in worship once a month and have the option of attending Sunday School other days or remaining with their families. We always have a nursery open for the youngest visitors with a paid attendant. Our Sunday evening experience (2nd Sundays from 5:30-7 pm) is called bloom. It includes a meal, educational engagement for all ages, and a closing ritual.

What is the community like?
These folks are community activists, involved with a wide variety of social justice issues. The demographic includes people who have been members for more than 50 years and others who have just moved into the neighborhood. We have families of all types and a youth program. We are down to earth and unpretentious. You will be welcomed with open arms.

What if I'm not a Christian?
You will find good company. Not every member of Park Hill UCC considers themselves Christian, often because of hurtful experiences in their past or just as a wider viewpoint. That doesn't mean we aren't a Christian church. Jesus provides the ethical framework for which we ground our faith and practice, but we aren't hung up on titles such as Lord or dogma such as virgin birth or physical resurrection. We know that faith involves mysteries that we can't explain. We accept everyone where they are. After all, we value a searching faith. We are also serious about multi-faith engagement and have an ordained staff member who serves as our Minister for Interfaith Relations. We shared our building with a Reform Jewish Synagogue for 35 years until they outgrew our building.

Leadership View all

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David Bahr
Pastor

David has served as the pastor since 2007. He is originally from North Dakota, attended seminary in Minneapolis, and worked on capitol hill in Washington, DC after studying the intersections of theology and public policy. He was one of the first openly gay pastors ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1993 and in 2006 published a doctoral study on "Pastors Called by Predominantly Straight UCC Congregations." He led an inner city church in Cleveland for 15 years before moving to Denver with his partner.

What Members Say Add your voice

  • The church is always trying to adapt to a changing world. In the 1960s as African Americans moved into the Park Hill neighborhood, the church went out of its way to create a welcoming environment in both the church and community. As a man of color, that is the place I begin. Today, they are just as out front on issues that make the church and world more welcoming and inclusive. Art
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