About University Church

 

University Church – or “UChurch” – is a Christian community that believes in the transformative power of God’s love and seeks to uphold the Great Commandment: “Love your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. And Love your Neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). We love the arts, we fight for justice, and we respect and honor all creation. We center our children and train leaders for ministry. We advocate, partner, sing, pray, and play as if the Beloved Community is ours to build and within our grasp.

We gather at 10:30am CST on Sundays for worship, and ALL are welcome. We are an Open and Affirming community where everyone is invited to (and does!) participate in leadership and every aspect of our church’s life. 

We belong to both the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ denominations, and much of our community comes from many other traditions as well. No two Sundays are the same here, and below will show you a bit more about who we are and how we go about being a church.

 

We do service!

Our most recent year-end service project brought together volunteers of all ages to sort and pack clothing and hygiene kits into bags for local shelters.

 

We love potlucks!

We often congregate over food, whether it’s our special Advent Festival, Soul Food Potluck, or just any good reason to get together to talk and get to know each other a bit better.

We train leaders!

Ordinations are a big thing at University Church. We host pastoral interns from local seminaries, and we give people an opportunity to practice ministry. We consider ourselves a laboratory for Christian ministry and want to nurture future leaders!

We gather at the table

Each worship service ends with communion, where ALL are invited to the table, and no one is excluded (even those online!).

We center our youth

We invite (and encourage!) youth of all ages to participate in our worship and church leadership, design programs, and have a spiritual development curriculum curated to their specific needs.

We worship in many colors

We celebrate Día de los Muertos, Kwanzaa, and special months like Black History, Hispanic Heritage, Pride, Mental Health Awareness, Women’s History…along with all the traditional church seasons.

We are Proud!

We are Open & Affirming, always have a presence at Chicago’s Pride Parade, and celebrate Pride Month each June. All of our LGBTQ+ kinfolk are welcome and safe here.

We have a Re-Sale Ministry!

Our monthly re-sale shop provides plenty of volunteer opportunities, as well as clothing, kitchen and household items, and toys at bargain prices (and often free to those in need!)

We celebrate the arts

We love music of all flavors (anthems, traditional hymns, jazz, gospel, folk, Negro spirituals, hip hop, African drumming, songs in other languages) dance, theater, visual art…it’s how we express our faith, our beliefs, our passions.

Still interested? Learn more about:

Pastor and Staff

Upcoming Events

Justice Initiatives

Youth Ministry

History

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