Services On Sundays

Dear Friends, As the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 continues to spread around the country, including the city of Austin, I am writing to let you know that the staff and lay leadership of UBC have determined prayerfully that it is in everyone’s best interest for us to discontinue in-person...

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The Image of God

Last week UBC was a sponsor for the Nevertheless She Preached Conference at First Baptist Church in Austin. I was very fortunate to attend Monday & Tuesday’s workshops, lectures and worship services.  The purpose of the NSP Conference is to “empower all people to dismantle patriarchal structures by elevating voices...

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We’re Not Dead!

  Church Family, Perhaps many of us will recognize the reference in the title from Monty Python. “Bring out your dead!” “I’m not dead!” We’ve heard a lot about death, dying, the need to do more and do better lately and I sense a feeling of exhaustion and overwhelm from...

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An Ending

Dear Church: Where do we go from here? Eleven of us gathered last week in the church library to consider that question. We’ll gather again today (Aug. 22) and Aug. 29 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. I hope you’ll come. We began our conversation with a line from the poet T.S. Eliot:...

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A Better Way

Dear Church: “(I)t doth not yet appear what we shall be” (1 John 3:2). I heard these words for the first time about 15 years ago while facilitating a discernment process for the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, known today as Bautistas por la Paz. Dwight Lundgren, a board...

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Free Mom (and Dad!) Hugs

Hi, Church Family! Next week is Austin’s Pride Week including, but not limited to, the Pride Festival and Parade on Saturday, August 10. As we have for the past several years, UBC will have a booth at the festival. I am looking for a few volunteers to donate two hours...

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do. love. walk.

There are a few things that I know to be true that I am as ever sure of today as I was 5 years ago: Justice will prevail, one way or another; Mercy is everything; and God is God and I am not. That’s my rough translation of that beloved...

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Light Up The Sky!

Even After All this time The sun never says to the earth, “You owe Me.” Look What happens With a love like that, It lights the Whole Sky. -Hafiz Happy 4th, Everyone! Remember: Be safe with explosives. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about today. I wasn’t feeling...

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Pride and Pentecost

All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”  Acts 2:12-13. Dear Siblings in Christ, As we enter the season of Pentecost together, which responds to the encounter of the twelve disciples with the Holy...

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Will There Really Be A Morning?

  Will there really be a “Morning”? Is there such a thing as “Day”? Could I see it from the mountains If I were as tall as they? Has it feet like Water lilies? Has it feathers like a Bird? Is it brought from famous countries Of which I have...

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