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We take church seriously while having fun.

Worship reflects the community here at University Church. We are a wonderfully diverse place and our Sunday 10:30 AM service reflects our many colors, styles and traditions. ALL are invited. ALL are welcome. Jesus refused no one; neither do we.

WE LOVE THE ARTS. On a typical Sunday…well, there IS no typical Sunday! You’ll hear anthems and jazz, spirituals and gospel, all the way to hip-hop!

WE LISTEN TO EACH OTHER. Our Prayers of the People is a time for us to listen and speak to one another and to our God.

WE FEED MANY GENERATIONS. We worship together in the sanctuary until Prayers of the People, when youth go to address their own questions and needs in “Sacred Circles.”

WE BREAK BREAD TOGETHER. We take communion together every Sunday, where ALL are welcome to the table, regardless of age, beliefs, or religious background.

WE FELLOWSHIP. After service, we move into the fellowship hall for coffee, tea, snacks and conversation.

 

 

Worship with us Sundays at 10:30 AM in person at 5655 South University Avenue, or on YouTube.

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we LOVE THE ARTS

On a typical Sunday…well, there IS no typical Sunday! You will hear anthems and Jazz, Spirituals and Gospel, all the way to Hip-Hop! We also have an amazing Dance Choir, which ministers during the liturgical year.

We Break bread together

We take communion together as a congregation every Sunday, where ALL are welcome to the table, regardless of age, beliefs, or religious background.

We listen to each other

Our “Prayers of the People” is a time for us to listen and speak to one another and our God, all in a spirit of prayer.

we fellowship

After service, we move into the fellowship hall for social hour – coffee, tea, snacks, and conversation. It’s a good time to meet someone or catch up.

we feed many generations

We worship together in the sanctuary until “Prayers of the People,” when the youth go to address their own questions and needs in “Sacred Circles” (traditionally known as “Junior Church”). These are separated into age groups, each teaching and practicing faith at appropriate levels of development. We hope to have a nursery attendant for babies and toddlers through age 2 by fall 2023.

Space Use

Need meeting space? A beautiful sanctuary for your wedding? A small theater for your performance? Check us out!

monthly resale shop

If you need clothing or household items at bargain rates, come to our monthly re-sale shop. Get information on hours and how to donate.

History

We’ve been around in some way or another for over 125 years! Learn more about where we came from, where we are now, and how we got here.

Upcoming Events:

Online Study Series: Flawed Family Systems of the Bible
Online Study Series: Flawed Family Systems of the Bible

Rev. Dr. Dawnn M. Pirani Brumfield will lead a study Mondays in June (replacing God Talk) via Zoom. The System is Righteous and Rigged: Flawed Families Systems of the Bible explores themes of forgiveness, belonging, conflict and redemption in the profound dynamics of...

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2nd Annual CBA Summit

The CBA (Community Benefits Agreement) Summit will put pressure on city leaders to pass protections for residents in South Shore and fulfill the Woodlawn Preservation Ordinance promises related to the Obama Presidential Center. This Summit is sponsored by Southside...

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Worship Service

Worship with us in person or live stream on Facebook. All are welcome at the communion table each Sunday. Join us after the service for a time of fellowship over light snacks in the dining room.

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Online Study Series: Flawed Family Systems of the Bible
Online Study Series: Flawed Family Systems of the Bible

Rev. Dr. Dawnn M. Pirani Brumfield will lead a study Mondays in June (replacing God Talk) via Zoom. The System is Righteous and Rigged: Flawed Families Systems of the Bible explores themes of forgiveness, belonging, conflict and redemption in the profound dynamics of...

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Remove blog entries below? Label “Pastor’s Corner”? Create separate page/link for pastor’s reflections?

Should we have the denominational affiliations listed on the green footer below, along with the copyright date? OR maybe make it part of the regular footer? OR put it somewhere else? Add denominational logos?

Pastor’s Corner

Below are occasional meditations and musings written by pastor Julian. Click on each one to read the full blog.

Wonder at the More that Is Unfolding

by Denise Hill I always find myself returning every so often to a commencement address Alice Walker gave in 2002. It’s entitled “All Praises to the Pause; the Universal Moment of Reflection.” In it she describes the fullness and the gift of taking a moment after...

Tools

Tools

Some time ago my uncle had a house in Gary, Indiana that needed major rehabbing. Though he tapped me — a lazy teenager — to help with these renovations, I still believe my uncle is a decent man. There is nothing on Earth lazier than I was at 13 years old: if it didn’t...

Writing Spiritual Autobiographies

—by Julian DeShazier After talking about the power of stories, it is time to craft our own “spiritual autobiographies” – stories of the development of our faith. While we are doing this as a congregation during our 9am Bible Study time, you can follow this page for...