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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The Summer is Approaching

Dear church community, The summer is approaching and I feel grateful to be spending another two months with you all. June and July are spread in front of us like a Candy Land board and I look forward to the twists and adventure that this summer may hold. I recently...

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Another Center

Dear Church: The phrase “another center” comes to mind as I contemplate how to encourage you this week. I know I have trouble finding my center these days. Perhaps you struggle, too. The phrase “finding my center” suggests locating a quiet, still point somewhere inside me. It is there for...

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Jubilate Deo

Good afternoon, everyone! It’s that time of year again! Special Music Sunday! Maybe I’m biased (I absolutely am), but these are some of my favorite Sundays. This week, you will get to hear an exuberant piece of music. Jubilate Deo composed by Dan Forrest. And, as far as I know,...

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Your Benevolence at Work

As many of you know, our church runs a benevolence program with generous gifts you give to the church.  In addition to the offering we collect on communion Sunday, we have a small budget line that helps to contribute to this fund (sidenote: if you’ve ever wondered why your beloved...

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