The United Churches of Olympia is a federation of two mainline Protestant denominations: the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Church of Christ. This means that we exist as two congregations in one. When new members come to join, they are given the choice to join one of our denominations or simply join as a member of The United Churches of Olympia (or TUCO as we like to call ourselves). Because we have these two denominations, we are involved in both the Olympia Presbytery and the Pacific Northwest Conference. There are times in our life together where we highlight the individual work of both denominations, but it’s not the most important aspect of our common life.
Our members are many and diverse. They are local business members, from earthmovers and attorneys to healers. We have organizational members who work for climate change and for the rights of women. Our many individual members support and participate in a wide variety of progressive causes. All of our members are encouraged to work together in a spirit of cooperation as they seek to educate the broader community.In the beginning of worship, we remember that we are learning, living and changing lives.
We are learning together about the gospel of Jesus Christ with adult education and opportunities for spiritual growth, youth activities and children’s programs. We offer childcare to all events in the life of our church as we encourage our members to participate fully and grow in their faith.
We are living together and creating Christian community. We worship together and share in fellowship. We support each other when our lives are challenging through Caring Ministries offered by our pastor and members of this community.
We are changing lives inside and outside of our church building. Members of TUCO are excited about social justice. We are eager to serve our community and offer several opportunities for direct service. We believe that Jesus calls us to serve others in our community and around the world and so we partner with other organizations like Interfaith Works (Thurston County) and the Thurston County Progressive Network to affect greater change. This includes our volunteer opportunities — many of which happen within our church building.