Too often, the church has offered easy and flat answers in the face of life’s complicated and layered questions.  It’s time to change that. At UBC, we offer Spiritual Formation groups that lean into the deep-well of spiritual wisdom from our faith tradition and to ponder together how God’s dream for the world might become a reality.  We seek to look out on the horizon for how our faith intersects our day-to-day living. Join us on the journey. 

We’re gathering on Sundays to talk about discernment for our future. 

Five church-wide conversations started on April 28 in the Fellowship Hall. Each conversation centers on a question that clarifies the church’s emerging vision of being a beneficial presence in the neighborhood and illuminates the leadership skills and experiences required to live into the vision. The schedule is as follows:

April 28, 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Question #1: How boldly does the church want to move toward being a beneficial presence?

May 12, 9-10:30 a.m.: Question #2: Among our partners, what are the opportunities for greater shared ministry with Congregational Church of Austin and University Christian Church as these congregations ask similar questions about their future? (Note the earlier start.)

May 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Question #3: Who are the church’s other partners that will bring energy, expertise, and additional resources to the work of being a beneficial presence?

May 26: 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Question #4: What church and leadership structures as well as leadership strengths — in staff and membership — are needed to facilitate the journey inward and the journey outward toward a more beneficial presence?

June 2: 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Question #5: What have we learned from these conversations?

 

Gatherings throughout the week . . .

Brewed Theology | Led by Associate Pastor Stephanie Cooper
Mondays at 3:30 PM | Opa Coffee and Wine Bar
Who doesn’t like a good brew and good theological discourse?  Join Associate Pastor Stephanie to wrestle with our sacred wisdom to find where it intersects our world today.  This fall, we will be reading the Bible from the margins and hearing these stories from the underside of history.  Join us!

Call and Community | Led by Interim Pastor Daniel Pryfogle
Thursdays at 12:30 PM in the UBC Sanctuary
What is the relationship between an individual’s vocation and a community’s mission? How does one inform the other? Join Interim Pastor Daniel Pryfogle for a four-week study through scripture, theology, and the story of Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C. The class will meet on Thursdays, May 2-23, from 12:30-1:30 PM in the Sanctuary. Come early for Midday Prayer at noon, and bring your lunch to the study.

Bible Study for Students: The Gospel of John | Led by Labyrinth Campus Minister Amelia Fulbright
Thursdays at 6:00 PM in the student lounge at University Christian Church
John: What’s His Deal? We’ll dive into the historical context and different interpretations of John’s gospel to try to understand why and how it’s so different from the other three gospels. You don’t need to come with any knowledge of the Bible, just your curiosity!  This student Bible study is a part of a collaborative student ministry effort called Labyrinth. For more information, click here