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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Like Children

I’m writing to you this week from children’s camp in Athens where Renee, Jonathan, our kids and I have been surrounded by woods, old and new faces, and questions about faith. Our kids begin each day here with a shared meal and a celebration before they go off in groups...

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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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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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