We are a Foggy Bottom church
We are committed to playing an important role in our Foggy Bottom community. We have been in this community and on the same corner of it since 1833. We are glad to host a number of community organizations, including the Owl School, DC Internationals, and a variety of 12-step groups. We provide community and connection to a neighborhood which can often be disconnected. We support efforts to strengthen the quality of life in Foggy Bottom. Our Foggy Bottom Food Pantry supports many of the poor of the neighborhood and surrounding areas.
We are a city church
We are committed to ministry in Washington, DC. At a time when many churches chose to leave urban DC for the suburbs, we decided to stay in the city for good. Urban ministry has many challenges, but it is also a blessing for us to be able to serve God in this diverse metropolis.
We are a metropolitan church
Members and friends of The United Church come from the entire metropolitan Washington, DC area, coming from all four quadrants of DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We hail from Foggy Bottom, West End, Capitol Hill, Palisades, Southwest, Eastern Market, Dupont Circle, Cleveland Park, Forrest Hills, Thomas Circle, Tenleytown, Georgetown, Stanton Park, Takoma Park, Naylor Gardens, and AU Park in the District; Bethesda, Rockville, Silver Spring, Chevy Chase, Greenbelt, Kensington, Lanham, Lothian, Hyattsville, Glenwood, and Germantown in Maryland; Arlington, Burke, Alexandria, Fairfax, Springfield, Vienna, Staunton, Warrenton, Woodbridge, Annandale, Sterling, and Falls Church in Virginia.
We are an international church
We are truly an international church, with many members who are native Germans or German-Americans, as well as an increasingly diverse congregation from Austria, Bulgaria, Ukraine, South Africa, Eritrea, and all across the United States. Our outlook is global and we support our brothers and sisters across the world through outreach. Our primary international work is the Trichur Project which provides for the education of over 50 students at the Chaldean Syrian Secondary School in Trichur, Kerala, India.
We are an interdenominational church
We are proud members of both the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church. Each of these denominations is a bold witness to the Christian faith lived out in word and deed. While our denominations are different structurally, they share many of the same values of social justice, which we cherish. Many of our people come from a variety of other faith traditions as well, and we honor the gifts that they bring from their spiritual journeys.
We are a thinking church
At The United Church, we don't ask you to leave your brain at the door. We think deeply about our faith and how it interacts with our post-modern world. We attempt to discern how faith and science can co-exist, and even intersect. We don't take Bible literally, but we take it seriously, and think about it intellectually as well as emotionally.
We are a feeling church
We don't just keep in our heads, either. We believe that faith should engage the mind and the heart equally. We strive to make faith relevant to our own lives, experiences, and emotions. Through worship and fellowship, we share a faith that touches us at a deeper level than anything else can.
We are an inclusive church
We welcome all persons who enter our doors. Young or old, rich or poor, gay or straight, and everyone in between is welcome at The United Church. We truly seek to be ambassadors of Christ by offering warm fellowship to all persons. We are strongly committed to being a reconciling, open and affirming church, in which people from all walks of life can grow in faith and service to God.