What to Expect When You Visit

    Peace United strives to be 
    open,  encouraging, affirming,
    and easy to navigate! 

When you arrive on Sunday morning, you'll find two parking areas, one below the large sanctuary (looks like a space ship!) and one up above.  You're welcome to park wherever you like, noting that there are accessible parking spots designated for those with special needs.  Our sanctuary is a large one, with a triangular and pointed roof.  You can't really miss it!

Arriving for an event or service, you'll find friendly greeters who are eager to help in any way. They can direct you to a seat if you like, or a restroom (!).  They can offer you a program for the event or anything else you might need to be comfortable.

    At Peace, we have no particular 
    dress code -- so wear what
    makes you feel most happy and
    know that you're welcome here!

At Peace, we come from all walks of life.  We have big questions, open hearts and real (complicated) lives.  We're young and old, single and partnered; gay and straight and questioning.  Some of us are devoted to prayer and mysticism, others are devoted to activism and peacemaking.

    We really do make space for all
    of this: and eagerly welcome
    your questions, energy and
    hope.

​Children are especially welcome and help to make Peace United a dynamic and generous community of faith!  If your family's new to Peace, ask a greeter for guidance.  Or call ahead and talk to Joliene Wade Gatlin , our Children, Youth and Families Program Coordinator, who pays special attention to families and their visits to Peace.

    You'll find a marvelous
    community of loving families
    here, a Sunday School program
    during our 10:30 am Sunday
    morning service, and all kinds
    of ways to help your children
    feel at home and confident.

 

Our Sunday services run about an hour.  They're a mix of great music (choral, jazz, gospel, traditional), spirited ritual (communion, prayer, baptism, healing) and encouraging preaching.  There's plenty of space for you to move around if you wish, and some even like to dance a bit in the aisles around the church.

    Whatever your style is, we
    trust you'll find a loving
    community with big hearts and
    curious minds.

We celebrate communion often -- as many as three times a month.  It's a 'sacrament' in the church in which we stand together, around a table, remembering Jesus' love and serving one another.  It's a beautiful thing at Peace: to see folks from so many different places and backgrounds, caring for one another and blessing one another.  In our tradition, there are no boundaries or walls around this sacrament.

    All are welcome: if you seek      
    God's grace, you're welcome to
    join us at the table and
    practice generosity there with
    us.

 

In 2013, we chose a new name for ourselves, shifting to Peace United Church of Christ.  This identifies us more closely with our covenant community, the United Church of Christ, and clearly states our mission.  We want to be a people of peace.  At the same time, we discerned and claimed 8 core values for our mission.  As you'll see (those 8, to the right), we're intentional about our faith, seeking to practice a generous, compassionate and loving faith. 

 

    We hope that what you
    experience here is consistent
    with this vision of Peace.  If so,
    you'll probably want to come
    back.  If not, we hope you'll let
    us know where we can do
    better.

If you have any questions at all about us, who we are, or why we are the way we are, we hope you'll give us a call.  Let's talk!

Address: 900 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Email: office@peaceunited.org
Phone Number: 831.426.2010

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Weekly Worship Service: Sundays at 10:30 am 

Office Hours: Tues - Fri. 9 am to 12 pm (noon) and 1 pm to 3 pm

Pastoral Care Emergency: 831.272.2657

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