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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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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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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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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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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Discernment Update from the Committee

UBC Past, Present, and Future In order to post a job opening for a senior pastor, we need to prepare three written statements: our shared vision, a profile of the church, and a job description. The Discernment Committee, drawing on many conversations with church members, has been working on the...

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