Not only are there political impacts from the November elections, many progressive churches are feeling changes in their communities. People are looking for religious communities that stand for their values and where they can feel safe. This is the case for Columbine Unitarian Universalist Church, always known as “the little church that could.” They have seen a continuous flow of new visitors since the election. Lately, it is not uncommon for this small church to welcome 5-10 new visitors each week.
Columbine Unitarian Universalist Church is preparing to accommodate their increase in Sunday service attendance by going to two services beginning April 16th, at 9:00 am and 11:00 am.
The 2016 election seems to have shaken many people to the core. “People are finding that they need a sense of community, and this congregation is working hard to provide that,” says Rev Julia McKay. “In times when many folks may be feeling discouraged, we are ‘a pocket of possibility’ in Littleton and beyond. Some people come from as far as Castle Rock, Morrison, and Lakewood for the radical inclusion, support, connection, and the progressive values that we live by.”
That feeling resonated with Erin Howell. A small business owner who lives in Roxborough, Howell was distraught after the election. “I felt adrift, as though I were at sea,” she said. Howell came back to Columbine UU Church after the election and has been coming steadily ever since. “The people at Columbine UU Church are on the same page as me. It has become an important community to me.”
Nestled in a historically politically right-leaning neighborhood, they have created a sanctuary for liberal-minded, justice-seeking individuals and families. Justice work is at the core of Unitarian Universalism, and most of the members at Columbine UU participate in some type of community involvement in Littleton and beyond. They work with metro-area groups on racial and immigration justice, volunteer for Project Angel Heart, and tutor at Dutch Creek Elementary and Fort Logan Northgate Elementary.
Columbine Unitarian Universalist church is part of the Unitarian Universalist Association. They are located at 6724 S Webster St, Littleton, CO 80128. The church can be reached at 303-972-1716, or http://www.columbineuuchurch.org/.