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A rich history. A modern approach.

 

University Christian Church is a dynamic, inclusive community that serves Austin, Texas by actively living out the love of Jesus Christ through thoughtful worship, compassionate service, and spiritual growth.

University Christian Church extends the grace-filled love of Christ to all persons, without exception, regardless of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or disability. We invite all to join us as we grow in our faith, gathering together to engage the Divine and encounter Christ in meaningful, challenging, and powerful ways.

From the suburbs in the north to the high-rise condos of downtown, from UT’s dorms to the countryside on the outskirts of Austin, we have members all across our city. We gather in the heart of the capital, but our hands touch lives across the world. Our ministries are local and international, and we believe that the power of the Church lies not in how many are gathered on a Sunday morning, but in how invested we are in the lives around us.

Our mid-century building is directly across from The University Of Texas At Austin, and features work from noted Austin sculptor Charles Umlauf as well as exquisite stained glass windows and a pipe organ.



Our Staff.


Classes & Groups


Ministries

 

Children’s Ministry: UCC desires to include and welcome children fully into the life of our congregation. However, some children and parents are most cared for by having separate space for worship. If you are interested in providing assistant childcare (infant-Elementary age) during Sunday worship services, contact the office. Serving is conditional on a background check and training.

College Ministry: Labyrinth is a college ministry supported by several local churches Austin. Labyrinth is a progressive Christian community that is LGBTQ-friendly, racially inclusive and open to all students, whether atheist, questioning, or devout. University Christian is proud to be a continuing sponsor of this mission, and invites interested students to contact Rev. Amelia Fulbright at amelia@labyrinthatx.org or through the Labyrinth website.

Greeting, Membership, and Hospitality: Our deacons and elders assume the primary responsibility for welcoming in members and guests for service, but our congregation also hosts several events each month. Anyone interested in providing food, set-up, clean-up, or other back-end duties should contact the office. This is an on-going opportunity.

VBS: Each summer, University Christian partners with University Avenue Church of Christ to provide a Vacation Bible School event for children pre-K through elementary age. Teachers, craft leaders, food providers, assistants, childcare specialists, set designers, song/skit leaders, and game leaders are all needed/welcomed! Contact either the office for more details.

Who We Serve and Support

Micah 6: UCC is a founding supporter of Micah 6, the largest food pantry in Austin. As UCC’s biggest community commitment, the church collects food for the pantry, volunteers at the pantry every week, and collects monetary donations for the organization.

University High School: University High School is the only high school in Austin for students recovering from substance use disorder. The high school shares our church space for weekday class, graduations and events.

Camp Braveheart: Hospice Austin’s three-day bereavement camp experience for children ages 6 to 17 who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The camp includes therapeutic counseling, recreational activities and round-trip transportation from Austin to Wimberley, free of charge. UCC has contributed $20,000 to Camp Braveheart, roughly half the cost of the 2018 camp program.

Community First! Village: UCC donated two micro-homes in this affordable housing community for formerly homeless individuals and participated in their home blessings.

Inman Christian Center: A community center providing childcare, social services, recreation, and emergency food services to low-income families in San Antonio. UCC received Inman’s “Church of the Year” honor by raising $30,000 for the center.

Jarvis Christian College: A liberal arts, baccalaureate degree-granting historically Black college affiliated with the Christian Church. UCC donated $25,000 for academic scholarships to the college.

Juliette Fowler Communities: An inter-generational community in Dallas that services both senior citizens and young women. UCC provided $50,000 for computers and internet infrastructure.

Brite Divinity School at TCU: Christian Church-affiliated seminary that builds men and women to be leaders in the Christian Church. UCC contributed $65,000 in 2016 to Brite.

House the Homeless: A homeless organization focused on educating and advocating around homelessness issues. UCC donated $300 in 2016 to House of the Homeless.

Bethany Fellows: Spiritual formation, mentorship, community-building, and leadership training for young clergy. UCC donated $15,000 to Bethany Fellows in 2016.

LifeWorks: A self-sufficiency advocate for youth and families in Austin. UCC provides funding for a full-time social worker and hosts LifeWorks’ office in the church.

Foundation for the Homeless: A faith-based organization dedicated to alleviating homelessness. UCC donated $30,000 for their various programs centered around restoring hope for the homeless.

Street Youth Ministry: An organization dedicated to helping street-dependent youth in Austin. UCC donated $9,800 in 2016 for the ministry.

Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries: Ministry dedicated to helping refugees and asylum-seekers in South Texas. UCC donated $100,000 in 2016 to the ministry.

National Benevolent Association: A Christian Church ministry dedicated to helping health and human-service organizations around the country in need. UCC donated $7,000 in 2016 to the ministry.

SHARE: A Disciples-led ministry in Midland, TX, focused on providing care and service for families with disabilities. Donations from our Accessible Congregations manual, which trains faith communities on becoming practically, theologically, and culturally inclusive of disabilities, support this ministry.