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2023 Annual Report

2023 Annual Report

Click the link below to read our 2023 Annual Report, which includes reports from all ministries, budget overview, and a transparent look at the life of UChurch via our previous year. 2023 Annual Report

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A (Complete?) History of our Sanctuary Ministry

A (Complete?) History of our Sanctuary Ministry

Our Sanctuary ministry began in the midst of Central American civil wars in the 1980s. As our own government was supporting the dictatorships that were creating exiles, University Church opened its doors to civilians whose lives were threatened. Out of this grew our Guatemala Partnership, which continues to this day, and since 2016 we’ve made Room 31 on our third floor available as temporary housing for a number of immigrants seeking asylum and support. We are a member of the Sacntuary Working Group, through which we partner with agencies, other congregations, and generous individuals to...

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Stewardship 2024: You Will Know Them By Their Fruits

Stewardship 2024: You Will Know Them By Their Fruits

MATTHEW 7:16You will know them by their fruits… November is Stewardship Month at University Church. By Pledge Sunday, which is November 19, we are invited to turn in a pledge card (or PLEDGE ONLINE here) affirming how we plan to support University Church time, treasure, and talents in 2024. This year, the Finance Committee has asked us to meditate on the theme of “You will know them by their fruits” as we prayerfully consider our offerings for the coming year. These verses come from Matthew chapter 7 where Jesus is discussing how to distinguish true prophets from false prophets. Our Pledges...

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Juneteeth & Emotional Freedom

Juneteeth & Emotional Freedom

by Julian DeShazier   In 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, there were still slaves in Galveston, TX who had not heard about their freedom. A group of Union troops came to deliver the news, and the last slaves were finally freed. This under-noticed occasion should be celebrated as a holy day in American history – I’ve gone on record many times crusading for Juneteenth to be a national holiday – and there is much wisdom to be found in our recognizing it now. First, it’s important to debunk any romanticized notion that after they got the news, the newly freed slaves all...

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