We are a theologically progressive faith community with a relationship to both the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church. We became a Reconciling and Open & Affirming Congregation, in 2013. See statement below.
We are a justice-seeking, peace-making, creation-loving, Spirit-guided congregation called to live out an inclusive vision in which all may participate in every aspect of the church’s life. Our congregation is learning to know and fall in love with God in the spirit of Jesus Christ, as we express our care and love for one another, for the community around us, and as stewards of God’s creation.
We follow the teachings of Jesus as a path to healing and wholeness in life. We are also inspired by some of the teachings of prophets, poets, activists, heretics, scientists, and artists throughout history. Our faith is based on the witness of the Bible, which we take seriously but not literally. We understand that faith grows and evolves over a lfetime.
No matter who you are, or where you are on this journey of faith, there is a place for you. We invite you to join us in the journey of faith as we seek inner transformation through life in the Spirit.
Come, come, whoever you are
Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vows a hundred times
Come, come again, come. ~attributed to Rumi
The United Church in University Place manifests the spirit of hospitality as taught by Jesus by publicly welcoming all people, including those who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender, to participate fully in every aspect of our church life and ministry.
As we seek to increase the circle of God’s unconditional love, our intent is to move beyond the “all are welcome” statement that has in too many churches proven untrue.
Open and Affirming – “OnA” – is the term used in the United Church of Christ and Reconciling is the term used in the United Methodist Church. These terms are used by UCC and UMC to publicly declare that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) individuals and their families are welcome in the full life of the church. To be an Open and Affirming/Reconciling (OnA/R) church speaks to the hospitality of our Christian tradition and the willingness to live out that welcome in meaningful ways.
We, the members of United Church in University Place,
continuously share our Christian love,
develop our faith,
enrich our worship experiences,
green our ministry
and expand our active membership
to serve University Place
and the wider community.
At United Church in University Place we celebrate and nurture our Church family in a variety of ways. Fellowship Time held after our Sunday Worship service encourages members to meet each other and to greet and welcome visitors to our family. We hold periodic Game Nights, host parties for the Kentucky Derby, the Academy Awards and New Years Eve. Potlucks are an important part of all Churches, and UCUP is no exception; we hold several each year! An annual pumpkin carving party at Halloween provides fun for youth of all ages. During the Advent season we gather to make wreaths, go Christmas caroling, and celebrate with a one-of-kind pinata experience.
We, the United Church in University Place, declare and celebrate God’s love for all the world revealed to us in Jesus Christ and in the continuing presence of the Holy Spirit. We provide a center for worship, fellowship, learning, and service. We support one another and join with people of other faiths to proclaim God’s message of love, justice, and mercy as we serve God’s creation at home and afar. Acknowledging our spiritual journey is unfinished, we strive to understand God’s purpose. Recognizing our faith community is incomplete, we strive for growth and openness.