Recap: To Puerto Rico with Love

Recap: To Puerto Rico with Love

This past Saturday, University Christian Church came together to raise funds for our neighbors in Puerto Rico who are in desperate need of help after two devastating hurricanes. The benefit concert, “To Puerto Rico with Love” was a beautiful tribute of classical music by a group of highly talented local musicians.

To date, we’ve raised $7,000 to go directly to United for Puerto Rico, an organization spearheaded by Puerto Rico’s First Lady, Beatriz Rossello, to help residents rebuild their homes. This is only a small dent compared to the scale of this disaster — 80% of Puerto Rican Americans are still without power, and many are without homes, cell phones, or fuel. If you missed the event, please consider donating to our Better Unite fundraising page by clicking here. Sincere thanks to all who donated.

The event began with a talk from Dr. Francisco Gonzales-Lima who spoke to the current state of Puerto Rico after the storm. Then we heard musical performances from Sean Lee, Ruby Chou, INVOKE (Nick Montopoli, Zach Matteson, Karl Mitze, and Geoff Manyin), and our own organist Melanie Randall.

Dr. Gonzalez-Lima answers a question from the crowd.

In a clip on Spectrum News Austin, organizer Bev Leonard perfectly summarizes why we put on events like this:“We get to be joyous, take care of others and really get in touch with the fact that we are brothers and sisters.”

This event was also the kick off of our new initiative, “Serve. Love. Grow.” Together, these three verbs embody who we are as a church and our mission to be a dynamic, inclusive community living out the love of Jesus Christ through thoughtful worship, compassionate service, and spiritual growth.

Serve: We are committed to serving our neighbors in the community by supporting local, denominational and global outreach ministries.

Love: As a welcoming and inclusive church, we seek to share the love of Jesus Christ with our fellow members and the greater community.

Grow: Our ultimate goal is to promote spiritual growth through progressive, thought-provoking sermons as well as a dynamic lecture series and group learning opportunities.

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