Rooted in faith. Progressive in action.
Since its founding in 1908, the University Baptist Church has been known as one of Austin’s progressive voices of faith. We are rooted in our Christian (and particularly Baptist) tradition, which informs our actions in our lives, city and world. We understand Christ calls us, through the Spirit who speaks to us today and through the inspiration of the Scripture, to care the poor and meek, speak out against injustices in our world, and to be radically inclusive of all of God’s children.
Rooted in Faith.
Rooted in the protestant tradition, the University Baptist Church recognizes each person’s right to think freely, providing an open environment for intellectual as well as spiritual fulfillment. It strongly proclaims faith in God through Jesus Christ and affirms that all people are embraced by God’s grace and love. Members of the congregation are diverse in their religious roots–mainly Baptist, but also Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic, among others.
Progressive in Action.
The church welcomes all persons of any age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, education, marital or family status. In UBC’s inclusive atmosphere, individuals can find family, families can find community, the injured can find healing, and all can seek truth and peace in a setting of spiritual unity and trust.
We maintain a high profile as a public church, a church that provides a democratic forum for dealing with significant religious and ethical questions. Throughout its history, UBC has taken actions that were consistent with its interpretation of the gospel, though sometimes in conflict with the views of the wider religious community and secular society. UBC began accepting Black members into full membership in the 1940s. In the 1950s it added a woman to its ministerial staff; it voted to ordain women as deacons in the 1970s; and in the 1990s it ordained a homosexual deacon. UBC has also acted in the Austin community at large, calling for an end to racism, sexism and violence, ministering to prison inmates, providing services to the homeless and participating in interfaith and multi-church efforts to help the less fortunate. While offering ample opportunity for service, the church recognizes each person’s freedom to set the limit of his or her community involvement.