Open and Affirming and Reconciling Declaration

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.

Vision Statement

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.

Community Life

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.

Mission Statement

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.