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Walking into a new faith community can be intimidating and at times terrifying depending on your previous experiences. If you are considering attending one of our spiritual circles or participating in a service-learning project or any other event, we hope you know that you will be welcomed as you are and you will be in a safe environment where you will be valued.

Our Events are "Come as you are."

We are informal. Jeans and sneakers; shorts & t-shirts. Or whatever you wish.


Children and Youth are highly valued in our community!

Babies, children of all ages, and teenagers are welcome to bring their ideas, curiosity, and energy. We will specify if any event or gathering is more appropriate for adults, but in most cases, all ages are welcome.


Music and the Arts

We utilize music for trauma healing, community-building, encouragement, and learning. We also appreciate various artful expressions like theater, dance, visual arts, etc. We welcome artists of all kinds who wish to express their gifts.


Open & Shared Leadership

We value everyone's gifts. Whether you are a newcomer or someone who has been part of the faith community for years, we encourage your participation and your leadership. Our Congregational meetings are open to all and anyone can participate in our spiritual, education, and service programs.

Open and Affirming

ONA is a designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. We recognize that many gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people have been deeply hurt and rejected by the church institution. Not only are we saddened by this, but we also think that we have a responsibility to bring about healing and reconciliation for those who have been hurt by prejudice and discrimination.

All people deserve to feel welcomed and accepted in a place of prayer, worship, and community. Jesus of Nazareth taught and lived extravagant welcome and offered hospitality to all. We seek to do the same.

UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns

The Open and Affirming Coalition advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the United Church of Christ and beyond, and equips UCC congregations to become effective witnesses to Christ’s extravagant welcome. Learn more about the Coalition and how you can get involved by clicking here.



Our faith is 2000 years old.

Our thinking is not. 

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, YOU are welcome here!


We are a Christian community of faith that welcomes doubters, questioners, atheists, agnostics, and people of all faith backgrounds. We do not have all the answers and are constantly learning. We value the New Testament of the Bible as a sacred text for Christians, and the Old Testament as a sacred text of Jews and Christians. We also value and affirm Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Baha'is, Jains, Buddhists, Jews, Secular Humanists, and all other traditions and people who love others with their words and actions. We join with others of different religious backgrounds because we believe it helps us more honestly identify with our own faith tradition and it enables us to make a positive impact in the world--building bridges of understanding and cooperation.    


Our communities need compassionate acts more than they need just words. We are committed to address the needs of the communities around us and beyond, to make wise and kind choices as to how we can make a positive impact. Social justice, we believe, is only carried out if we participate. Therefore, we stand with those who are bullied or marginalized and stand up against injustice against anyone, anywhere.


We are made up of people of various backgrounds; our community does not seek to be homogenous. We won't try to convert you to our viewpoints, and we embrace new ideas and perspectives. In community, we realize that we are not alone and that we can find acceptance and love. In community, we are more able to address the pressing needs of the people around us and within our families, schools, and communities.



  1. Founded in 2017 by the community of faith previously called "UCC Warminster" with the vision of creating a community center.
  2. After a public "great name the church" contest, the leadership voted to adapt the name of Love In Action United Church of Christ.
  3. In the spring of 2017 the vision and dream to create an LGBTQIA+ center culminated in the birth of SAGA Community Center and eventually, a queer library.
  4. We also established services for Spanish-speaking community members and recent immigrant families, including bilingual therapy, immigration law, and a produce outreach.
  5. Near the end of 2019, our Pastor, Josh Blakesley, went on sabbatical to discern the creation of a new nonprofit that would continue our dream of hosting a community center.
  6. In early 2020, The Welcome Project PA officially became a 501(c)(3) and includes: SAGA Community Center, Immigration Justice Programs, a Mental Health Program, and Interfaith Programs. 


Rev. Josh Blakesley, M.Div.


Pastor, Executive DIrector of The Welcome Project PA

Josh grew up in the Midwest before completing a B.A. in Theatre at Northwestern College [IA] and a Masters of Divinity [M.Div.] at Princeton Theological Seminary [NJ]. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ [UCC], Josh has lived and worked in Iowa, Philadelphia, Hawai’i, Mexico, and Michigan. Josh appeared in a Vox Media episode of Divided States of Women with Liz Plank, in the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Bucks County Courier Times. Josh has 20+ years of nonprofit experience, including leading workshops and training in corporate, medical, and academic settings, focused on diversity & inclusion, grant writing, fund raising, and program management. Josh is a fellow of Interfaith Philadelphia, designing and coordinating HS and University student groups for interfaith immersion service-learning weeks, called “Alternative Break Interfaith Encounters.” Josh also co-facilitates DEIAB training ranging from healthcare best practices and allyship to interfaith cooperation. He is a member of The Society for Faith & Justice, and a Collaborator for Nurturing Justice. He also performs with the theatre company, Without a Cue Productions, and has developed theatre arts curriculum for use in religious and secular settings. Josh also enjoys running, strumming on the guitar, traveling, learning languages, or making strange and funny faces.

Laurie Schrecengost, MM


Community Health Leader, Music Coordinator

Laurie has extensive experience in teaching music therapy. She is passionate about using music to help people experience joy and healing, wherever they are on their journey. Her area of expertise is the piano and singing. She holds an M.M. in piano performance from SUNY Binghamton. She loves collaboration! If you would like to share your musical gifts, please contact her by clicking below. Laurie continues to be grateful for and amazed by the honest and beautiful community called LIA UCC.

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