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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Discernment Update from Anna Strickland

This week’s Discernment Update comes from Sunday’s sermon by Anna Strickland.  Well, I have officially finished my second year of seminary! …And I start back tomorrow with, appropriately, a class on the Holy Spirit and its traditions throughout Christian history. I have really enjoyed my history classes in seminary so...

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Into the Wilderness

Dear Church: We step now into Lent. As with Jesus, our path leads into the wilderness. This is dangerous terrain because the way is uncertain and the landscape is unknown except for the fears we project upon it. This is the path of discernment for us as individuals and a...

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