The Journey

Happy Pre-Friday, Everyone! This past New Year’s Eve, my closest friends and I had an at-home “spa night” instead of going out and dealing with the masses. It was everything you would imagine a group of millennial, gay men doing: face masks, bath robes, warm eucalyptus towels, a tarot card...

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Season of Discernment: Schedule Update

After last week’s joint meeting between the Discernment Committee and the Search Committee, it became clear that we still have some work to do on defining the qualities of leadership UBC needs in our next pastor. We are making a few adjustments to our schedule in order to be sure...

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Discernment Update

With the work of the Discernment Committee moving into our final question of leadership, this past week has been pivotal. On Sunday, we led worship on the theme of leadership where the questions we’ve been pondering and the answers you have shared with us came to life in the form...

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Discernment Update: Discernment Reading

Is critique the totality of the prophetic way, or is there something more? The question has implications for the work of a progressive church like UBC and the expectations of its leadership. Join the Discernment Committee in reading Interim Pastor Daniel Pryfogle’s latest essay, “Seeing a New Thing: The Prophet...

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Toward Communion

Dear Church: What did we witness when University Christian Church, Congregational Church of Austin and UBC gathered for Youth Sunday in May? A remarkable sermon full of wisdom; enthusiastic congregational singing that reverberated throughout the sanctuary; and palpable joy as the youth led us who were strangers to be in...

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Discernment Update: Vision Statement and Commentary

On Sunday, June 30, all members of the church were invited to discuss a draft of the Discernment Committee’s proposed vision statement for UBC. Those assembled expressed strong support for the statement while also offering insightful comments to clarify and enhance the wording. The committee reviewed those comments, revised the...

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Discernment Schedule Update

July 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Called church conference to elect a search committee, adopt a vision statement, and elect or appoint three church members to represent us in conversations with University Christian Church and the Congregational Church of Austin.   July 14, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Three-church conversation at UBC in the library....

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When It Don’t Come Easy

I don’t know how God speaks to you, but especially in my toughest times, God speaks to me through music. Whichever way I am going about my day– driving in the car, working on a worship document, folding laundry– if I have music playing, there is always the chance that...

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Believing

Dear Church: Every email from member Casey Carter closes with a profound quote: “I just don’t want us to be sad about the future!” The words are from entrepreneur and engineer Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX. Casey and his wife, Linda, are big fans of Musk. Indeed, they...

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