About Us

Our Purpose

We create church together so we can become more loving, more forgiving, more compassionate, more hopeful and more just in the world. We worship the God who is the source of all of those qualities. When we engage with scripture, we do so with softened hearts and sharpened minds, bringing old stories into contemporary light. We come to the text to have our answers questioned as often as we look to have our questions answered. 

At UCC Missoula, we proclaim a Gospel that is Progressive, Inclusive and Inspired by the never-ending love of God. We are an Open and Affirming Congregation which means we embrace and affirm the ministry of everyone no matter their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability/ability, age, or any other factor.

Cool Stuff @ UCC

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More Music

From bells to brass, from flutes to strings, we are blessed with so much music that is so very well done. You will find a wide variety of music and many musical ensembles and opportunities to play, sing and enjoy at UCC. Talk to Bill Kautz, our Music Director, for more information.

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Thursday Morning Contemplative Prayer Group

Deepen your relationship with the Holy with the practice of contemplative prayer before the day gets away. The Contemplative Prayer group meets in the Sanctuary on Thursday mornings at 7 a.m.

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So Many Books (and Book Study Groups)

UCC Missoula folks love their books! Memoir, non-fiction, contemporary fiction, bible studies, we do it all. Many of our small groups organize around book studies that incorporate prayer and reflection. You can hear our Monday Bible Study group breaking into gales of laughter. Check in with Graham Roy, our church administrator, for more information.

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The Muse Is In

The Holy dances through making art. Come with your own art projects or join in with one of ours. This group meets the first Tuesdays of the month from 1-3 p.m.

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"Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God."

Romans 15:7

Hands On Ministry

If Jesus whispers in your heart, he’s likely to ask you to move your feet. We read the Gospel as a call to action to make the world a better place, specifically for people who are going through hard times. We have ongoing and occasional relationships with a number of service organizations in Missoula.

You can find your place to serve with us!

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Poverello Center

Sign up to prep and/or serve supper once a month at the Pov serving people experiencing homelessness.
Visit the Poverello Center

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Family Promise

Help us shelter and feed families transitioning into stable housing every 6 weeks or so at UCC.  Learn More about Family Promise

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Habitat for Humanity

We show up for build days during the Summer months to help raise walls, paint halls, or do whatever the foreman calls. See How Habitat Helps Create Affordable Housing

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Missoula Food Bank and Community Center

We participate in several events at the Food Bank and participate in food drives and weekend bag builds at different times of the year. Visit the Missoula Food Bank

Want to serve with us?
Let us know here

Creation Justice Covenant

We created a Creation Justice Covenant to guide how we care for God’s creation. The covenant is also part of UCC Missoula becoming a Creation Justice Church within United Church of Christ.

Climate crisis is an urgent, all-encompassing, worldwide emergency. In affirming the divine gifts of creation and in affirming our connection to God, each other, and the world around us, we unconditionally commit ourselves as individuals and as a congregation to the intertwined responsibilities of caring for creation and seeking justice for the oppressed. With purposeful resolve, we commit ourselves with an awareness of how the abuses of creation inevitably cause human suffering and of how factors such as race, class, and global inequality inevitably cause some to suffer more than others.

Furthermore, as humanity confronts the current and future crisis of damage to the climate, the Earth, and all creatures, we commit ourselves with an urgent sense of calling. We desire that these deeply felt commitments be reflected in all the dimensions of our congregation’s life. We commit to launch ourselves beyond the walls of our church to make good on our promises to God our Creator, to Jesus the Redeemer of Creation, and to the Holy Spirit the Sustainer of Creation.

It is vitally important for us as persons of faith to care for the creation given to all living beings by the first light of existence. The world is of God, from God and within it we are a part of the love of creation. What we do with each moment on Earth impacts us all.

Our Ministry Team

Rev. Dr. Jennifer Yocum (she/her) is a storytelling, kayak-paddling, gaze-in-wonder-at-God-in-the-world kind of person.

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Rev. Laura Folkwein

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Associate Pastor

Laura (she/her) is passionate about strengthening communities, treating all people with dignity and respect, and connecting people to care for and advocate with each other.

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Graham Roy

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Church Administrator

Graham enjoys helping people, and is passionate about the daily details which make the church run smoothly.

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Bill Kautz

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Music Coordinator

Bill Kautz joined as the Music Coordinator at UCC of Missoula in September 2018 and is thoroughly enjoying his work with such a progressive and collaborative community.

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Valerie Young

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Director of Children's Ministries

Valerie has over 25 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of capacities, including camp counselor, church musician, choir director, music therapist, and piano teacher.

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Karin Clark-Cassens

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Youth Director

Karin is passionate about building community and social justice awareness with children.

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Grace Cassens

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Youth Leader

Grace Cassens is a student at the University of Montana majoring in elementary education who is enthusiastic about helping youth discover their spiritual centers.

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Victoria Crisamore

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Church Maintenance

I clean and maintain our beautiful church! You’ll often find me with me head phones in doing random things around the building!

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Janice Springer

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Minister for Spiritual Formation

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