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Oct 2018
Sober Tailgate Recap!

The annual Sober Tailgate for University High School was this past Saturday, and we’re so glad the weather held up! Another tailgate was originally planned for the UT vs. TCU game in September, but it was unfortunately canceled due to weather. UHS hosted the tailgate on the UCC patio, and the beautiful fall morning was filled with tons of fun activities. Pitalicious was parked out front selling delicious Mediterranean food, while we sponsored popsicles from Steel City Pops and the musical entertainment from Code Blue, which featured our own Bill Howland. There......

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Sep 2018
The Gift of Casa Marianella

Truly Taking Care of the “Least of These” Casa Marianella is Austin’s only homeless shelter dedicated solely to immigrants and refugees. 65% of the shelter’s residents, including children, are asylum seekers, many of whom come from immigration detention. The shelter cares for an average of 325 individuals annually by providing housing, access to legal and medical resources, food, clothing, and English classes to homeless immigrants. Across two facilities in East Austin residential neighborhoods, the needs of men, women with children, and whole families escaping violence are met. Since opening its doors in 1986, the......

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Sep 2018
University Christian Church Deepens its Relationship with Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries

UCC Responds to the Border Refugee Crisis with an Increase in Donation In response to the unending human tragedy concerning refugees on our southern border, University Christian Church’s Outreach Council has extended its continual support for UCC’s financial commitment to Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries (SWGSM). We initially donated $100,000 to the organization in 2015. Given the current immigration situation and the future needs of immigrants and refugees who will be assisted by SWGSM, our Outreach Council presented a proposal to the UCC Church Board to for an additional $50,000. When you combine......

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Jun 2018
Celebrating Pride Month at University Christian Church

Why We are an Open & Affirming Church It is June. It’s Pride Month. And that’s important to us here at University Christian Church. But before I explain why, here’s some background information on Pride Month: “Every year, during the month of June, the LGBTQ+ community celebrates in a number of different ways. Across the globe, various events are held during this special month as a way of recognizing the influence LGBTQ+  people have had around the world. Why was June chosen? Because it is when the Stonewall Riots took place, way......

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May 2018
What is LifeWorks and How Does the Program Impact Austin?

Understanding UCC’s Continued Service to the Street Youth of Our City For decades, homeless young people have been attracted to the University of Texas (UT) environment, especially along Guadalupe Street, an area long known as “The Drag”.  They form the lowest socio-economic caste in our neighborhood, sometimes referenced with such derogatory names as “drag worms.” We prefer the term “street youth.” These young people became a specific outreach target of University Christian Church (UCC) when Micah 6 (founded in 2004 by UCC and eight other UT-area congregations) opened its Street Youth Drop-In......

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May 2018
A Litany for Mother's Day

When I think of worship and Mother’s Day, I’m instantly transported back to a time when I’m about 5 years old and the hymns in church are sung.  I stand as high as my mother’s waistline and the soundtrack of the memory is not the whole of the congregation’s singing, but my mother’s voice alone.  Pure, strong, beautiful. This picture is of my dear wife, Becca, holding our newborn grandson, Charlie, in St. David’s North here in Austin.  His brother, Forrest, was so excited to meet the little brother he’d been awaiting......

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May 2018
The Code Blue Concert was a Rockin' Success!

Last Friday evening, we had the pleasure of enjoying great music provided by UCC member Bill Howland and his band, Code Blue. The concert took place on our patio, and we enjoyed seeing both current and visiting members in attendance. It was such an incredible feeling to walk up the main mall towards the tower and through the historic “Six Pack,” hearing the music saturate every corner – a true Austin experience. As several tours of aspiring Longhorns and their parents walked through the area, we can only imagine they thought the same......

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Apr 2018
Community Spotlight: Micah 6 of Austin

“What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8 (MEV) The beginnings of something wonderful Several years ago, a group of compassionate, caring members of churches in the University of Texas area met to address the needs of hungry people in the UT area and in Austin. For over two years, these churches actively planned and strategized, with the ultimate goal of creating a cooperative food pantry for the Austin area. The product was Micah 6......

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Apr 2018

April 12, 2018 Friday, March 30, thousands of Palestinians participated in the first of several weeks of planned nonviolent demonstrations in Gaza near the fence with Israel. These demonstrations are expected to continue until May 15, when Palestinians mark Nakba (“catastrophe”) Day, remembering the 1948 displacement and dispossession of 750,000 Palestinians, and resulting in a Palestinian diaspora and a refugee population that today numbers over five million, including descendants. At the same time Israel will celebrate 70 years since its establishment on May 14, 1948.   More than 1.3 million of Gaza’s nearly......

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Mar 2018

Jim Wallis writes “On Ash Wednesday, a group of church leaders, all old enough to be called “elders,” met in a private retreat. We prayed. We experienced a deep sense of lament for the political and moral crisis we are in and for the ways it unfolded. We confessed on behalf of the churches and for our own complicity in the situation in which we now find ourselves. And we strongly sensed the need for repentance, realizing that word means much more than guilt and shame, but a “turning around” and moving......

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