• History of Friedens UCC

    Frieden (translated-peace) comes from Ephesians 3:3 “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Founded in 1911 as Deutches Evangelische Friedens Kirche, the founders shared the vision of resisting walls of sectarianism which had caused so much strife in Germany in the 19th century.
    The German Evangelical Synod eventually merged with the Reformed, Congregational, and Christian churches to become the United Church of Christ. The symbol of the UCC is an interpretation of the words of Jesus, recorded in John 17:21 “that they all may be one.”
    Originally located at the corner of Parkway and Alabama streets, the congregation flourished and became one of the strong forces in the nurture of Christianity in the German-American community of Indianapolis. The services of worship were originally conducted in the German language. Although the church today still enjoys the German heritage, the church has grown to become an inclusive and ecumenical faith community.
    In the late 50’s, the decision was made to move to the present 12 acre site at 8300 South Meridian Street. The first service in the new church was held on November 15, 1964. Pastor at the time was Marcus Engelmann. Women of the church started the Hill Valley Kindergarten and Nursery School, which operates today as a non-sectarian and privately owned Nursery School.
    The original building has been expanded twice to now include the sanctuary, a chapel, narthex/café area, additional classrooms, and a large Christian life and worship center.
    The sanctuary is equipped with a 26 rank Schlicker pipe organ, a new Estonia grand piano, handbells, handchimes, and a large Schulmerich carillon. Excellent choral music enriches worship as well. A praise and worship band, Upon This Rock has explored the contemporary music of the church. They lead the innovative Shalom service of worship. In 2005 an additional Sunday morning service was added using the ancient liturgy with sung responses. With gratitude for the past, Friedens Church continues to grow, striving to give the very best to God and to share the news that we are all loved children of God.