WE ARE AN AFFIRMING AND PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
We seek to be diverse in race, culture, faith tradition, sexual orientation, economics, physical/mental abilities, and in all ways we are uniquely created.
We affirm and value all individuals and types of families.
We wrestle with tough questions with no easy answers.
We advocate for social justice and peace in our world.
Our worship style is blended with a variety of music and liturgy.
We "come as we are" as we journey together to "be who God calls us to be."
We read scripture, pray, reflect, meditate, sing and share weekly communion.
We welcome an informal dress code.
We enjoy each other, care for one another and care for our world.
We are UNITED in our DIVERSITY to love and serve in God’s world.
WE WORSHIP ON SUNDAYS AT 10:00 AM
Worship is the heartbeat of our church and as such, in every aspect of our worship, we do our best to live fully into our calling that, "no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here."
Services are held at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday at 500 Don Anna Drive, Lexington, Kentucky. Don Anna is located off Georgetown Road and Lima Drive (inside New Circle Road).
As is not uncommon in many UCC congregations, our worship is a blend of liturgical, traditional and contemporary. We make efforts to include a variety of worship themes, musical styles, and liturgy. We believe that in order to be an authentically inclusive and welcoming church, we must be wiling to respect our differences in worship style and tastes. We believe that a loving church family lives out mutual covenants best when it is understood that "it does not get to be anyone’s turn all the time but it gets to be everyone’s turn sometimes."
We share communion every week and practice an open table, believing that just as Jesus did not issue any rules to those gathered at the last supper, neither should we issue any rules to those who gather each Sunday.
Our dress code is a varied as our members with some folks most comfortable in ‘Sunday best’ and others most comfortable in more casual attire.
FOUNDED JANUARY 9, 2011
Bluegrass had its first meeting and worship service on January 9, 2011. In just eight short years, attendance has grown from 15 to 20 people to an average now of 80 to 90 each Sunday morning.
As a congregational church, Bluegrass UCC joins other churches in our denomination by sharing a national presence and global reach while relying on each congregation to develop their own identity. From its birth, Bluegrass UCC has been heavily focused on community outreach and is intentional in living out the UCC’s mantra "no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”
For many years, it was dreamed that a diverse UCC community might be formed in Lexington that would be inclusive and progressive. Early in our development, the pastor, church council, and congregation adopted the following statements of Who We Are.
Bluegrass United Church of Christ is part of the Indiana-Kentucky Conference, which includes United Church of Christ congregations in Kentucky and Indiana, and the Kentuckiana Association, which includes 21 UCC churches, most of which are located in Louisville and just across the river in Indiana.
Born and raised in small-town Kentucky and the daughter of a Baptist minister, Pam learned both the value of close community and the disadvantages of part of the community where everyone knows everyone. She appreciates the small-town concern and the wave to strangers, but in the same tension has experienced the disadvantages of "Being in
Born and raised in small-town Kentucky and the daughter of a Baptist minister, Pam learned both the value of close community and the disadvantages of part of the community where everyone knows everyone. She appreciates the small-town concern and the wave to strangers, but in the same tension has experienced the disadvantages of "Being in a fishbowl.
Today, community and church continue to be important aspects of Pam's life. She is a champion for the underdog and always roots for those who are disenfranchised. The tools she gleaned from her life as a preacher's kid continue to be a part of who she is. Pam is committed to empowering others, encouraging the downtrodden, and to opening the window to help others believe in their greatest gift, themselves.
Besides her work as a pastor, Pam works in healthcare, is a writer, a photographer, a sketch artist, and a hiker.
Pam is originally from Nortonville, Kentucky, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Lexington Theological Seminary. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, Mike. They have two children, Madison and Braham.
For nearly twenty years Kenny traveled with his dad and his brother in one of Christian music's most popular Southern Gospel trios, The Bishops. The group garnered several industry and fan awards, including the coveted Dove Award, as well as numerous number one and top ten songs. After more than two dozen recordings and hundreds of songs,
For nearly twenty years Kenny traveled with his dad and his brother in one of Christian music's most popular Southern Gospel trios, The Bishops. The group garnered several industry and fan awards, including the coveted Dove Award, as well as numerous number one and top ten songs. After more than two dozen recordings and hundreds of songs, the Bishops, as a group, retired in 2001.
After several years away from music, Kenny returned with a new record that earned him a GRAMMY nomination and multiple Dove Award nominations.
Today, Kenny's faith has been remade and reshaped by what he feels is a more inspired and informed version of God that includes more than it excludes. With that in mind, he accepted the call to serve as Associate Pastor at BUCC.
Kenny is bi-vocational, working in state and city government, and in his own event planning/production company. He currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his husband Mason, dog Ragamuffin and cat Béla. His most valuable treasures are his two children and four grandchildren.