The LORD God has told us what is right and what is demanded:
“See that justice is done, let mercy be your first concern, and humbly obey your God.”
At Bluegrass, we believe this to be our guiding scripture and principle in all we do. It empowers, enables and encourages us to be advocates for the voiceless, powerless and unable.
Bluegrass United Church of Christ is committed to creation care and reducing our carbon footprint. We recycle, we use paper products made from recycled materials, our electricity is generated by wind power, we sell Fair Trade coffee and chocolate produced by small farmers in the Global South who meet high standards of environmental protection and sustainability. Bluegrass also participates in the zero waste TerraCycle Program by asking members to bring in their used plastics to be sent to a center that upcycles, recycles and repurposes them without environmental impact.
As part of our commitment to openness and equality, Bluegrass has ramps to all doors so that mobility-impaired people can enter through the same doors as everyone else.
The United Church of Christ which has been a leader in issues of justice, starting in the 1960's with the Civil Rights Movement. The UCC has been advocating for gay rights since the 70's, took on environmental racism in the 80's. And in 2005, was the first church in America to endorse marriage equality. Bluegrass is proud to be a part of that legacy, and joins the UCC in doing justice.
Locally, Bluegrass and its leaders have advocated for and been the voice for the marginalized, forgotten and discriminated against in Lexington and Central Kentucky. We have raised our voices against racism, sexism, environmental abuses, and discrimination. We have stood alongside and worshiped with our brothers and sisters of other faiths and religious traditions. We have advocated for the LGBTQ community, those experiencing housing discrimination, fair wages and responsible care for the environment, what we call "Creation Care."
Learn more about the United Church of Christ's Justice initiatives at www.ucc.org/justice.
Learn about why and how the church is leading on climate action in this video produced in partnership with Blessed Tomorrow. Featuring Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Rev. Karen Richardson Dunn, and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, the video illustrates why communities of faith are uniquely positioned to advocate for climate solutions, and how UCC congregations across the country can join in the movement.
More than 600 advocates gather as one church at the Women’s March in Washington D.C.