Microlending Program

Economic justice is a core value at University Church — and our Community Microloan Program represents a small step toward addressing income inequality in our greater Austin neighborhood. 

Contact: 

Janis Monger (English)     — 512-296-8043; jmonger05@gmail.com
Gail Totten (español)         — 512-470-0451; gailtotten@gmail.com

ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET

Each year, UUMC holds an Alternative Gift Market where all are invited to shop for holiday gifts that support local and global non-profit groups. There are always beautiful items to purchase as well as opportunities to make gift donations to groups such as Heifer International, local agencies and others.

Contact: Beth Kelley

Fig Leaf Store | Saturdays from 9 to 10:30
Contact: Judy Trejo or Jane Leifeste
Our Fig Leaf Store offers families the opportunity to shop for clothing and personal needs. While most items are donated to Fig Leaf, certain items such as underwear, socks and toiletries are purchased through the Fig Leaf budget. We welcome drop-offs of gently-used items during regular church hours. Fig Leaf welcomes volunteers to work in the store, sort donations or host clothing drives in support of this ministry.

Economic Justice Committee
Contact: Trish Merrill
UUMC’s Economic Justice Committee believes that while works of charity for the needy are good and important, charity alone is not enough. UUMC must become engaged in activism for economic justice. The committee was created in 2012 and has spent its first year becoming educated about the causes and effects of our nation’s increasing income inequality and economic instability. The group is actively planning projects to raise awareness of economic justice issues.

Open Door | Saturdays from 9 to 10:30 am
Contact: Judy Trejo
UUMC’s Open Door Ministry began in 1991 as Saturday Outreach. It started as a Sunday School class project during Lent to serve sandwiches to homeless people in the University area. In response to the need in the community — as well as the transformation that occurred in the hearts of those serving — the program continued beyond Lent and a new ministry was born. Today, Open Door is a partnership between UUMC, a number of community and church organizations and more than a dozen homeless participant volunteers. On a typical Saturday morning, more than 200 brunch meals are served through Open Door. About 40 volunteers are needed each weekend to make this ministry possible.

Preemie Ministry
Contact: Kathy Hiebert
UUMC’s Preemie Ministry supports the neo-natal departments of three local hospitals by providing knitted and crocheted layette items for their tiniest patients. The garments and blankets are tagged with a greeting from UUMC and blessed during a worship service in December. Because our primary focus is preemies, we need smaller items than typical newborn sizes. Blankets need to be about a quarter of the size of a regular baby blanket (15- to 22- inch squares, or 18-by-24-inch rectangles). We also need booties and hats (8- to 10-inch circumference and 4- to 5-inches high) as well as gowns or shrouds. We also appreciate items made of soft cloth, such as seersucker or cotton flannel. Soft pastel colors are also preferred, but please no yellow (preemies often suffer from jaundice). Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels are welcome to participate. Items are collected at the end of each year and delivered to the hospital chaplain offices.

 
 
 
 
 

Partners for Justice


Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Contact: Kathy Barrett
www.tcadp.org
In accordance with the official United Methodist Church’s position opposing the death penalty and urging its elimination from all criminal codes, this group seeks to educate the community about the issue. TCADP strives to empower people and organizations to work for the elimination of the death penalty in Texas and across the globe.

Interfaith Action of Central Texas
Contact: Rev. John Elford
www.interfaithtexas.org
iACT cultivates peace and respect through Interfaith dialogue, service and celebration. Opportunities include: monthly small group interfaith conversations; bringing hope to those who need help with home repairs; helping provide English classes and other programs for our newest neighbors; and celebrate different faiths through a special annual Thanksgiving worship event. Members of UUMC may serve as representatives to iACT and help connect our congregation with the group’s programs. UUMC also co-sponsors a Muslim women’s group dinner for the homeless during Ramadan each year.

Methodist Federation for Social Action
Contact: Richard Bates
www.swtmfsa.wordpress.com
MFSA is an independent movement of progressive United Methodists taking action on issues of justice, peace and reconciliation. Founded in 1907, MFSA calls upon the United Methodist Church to expand its understanding and embodiment of the radical call of the gospel to be the inclusive, justice-seeking, risk-taking Body of Christ. The Social Principles and Social Creed of the United Methodist Church have their roots in documents developed by the MFSA in 1908. The Southwest Texas Chapter of MFSA is a group of United Methodist laity and clergy who have been active in Austin since August 2005. The group meets on the second Thursday of the month, except during the summer. Members participate in the MLK March, Pride Parade and anti-death penalty events. The group also sponsors recycling of batteries, oil, paint and antifreeze, as well as a luncheon at the Annual Conference for progressive issues.


Partners for Equality

Economic Justice Committee
Contact: Trish Merrill
UUMC’s Economic Justice Committee believes that while works of charity for the needy are good and important, charity alone is not enough. UUMC must become engaged in activism for economic justice. The committee was created in 2012 and has spent its first year becoming educated about the causes and effects of our nation’s increasing income inequality and economic instability. The group is actively planning projects to raise awareness of economic justice issues.

 

Partners Fighting Poverty


Micah 6
Contact: Jane Leifeste
Micah 6 is a coalition of 11 University-area faith communities working together to respond to the needs of the homeless and impoverished. Services offered through Micah 6 include access to food pantries; assistance with basic material needs such as clothing, medication and bus passes; crisis counseling, and fellowship meals. The Micah 6 program also includes specialty services for homeless youth. Learn more about Micah 6 Austin.

Zavala Circle of Friends
Contact: Sandy Smith
UUMC plays an important support role to Zavala Elementary School. In the mid-1990s, UUMC and Zavala Elementary formed a partnership that has nurtured and supported improvements in the students’ performance and their attitudes about academics and success. The group has provided support for Zavala in a variety of ways: working directly with students, assisting teachers, improving the school and helping in the library, office and computer lab. Volunteers also assist during special school events such as Reading Rally Day. No matter what your interests are or how much time you have available, Zavala can match you with a program or one-time event that enhances student learning.


Missional Outreach

The missional branch of UUMC works to fulfill God’s call on our lives to enter spaces of adversity and offer a helping hand. Wherever there is hunger, poverty, illness or other hardships, we strive to extend God’s grace through various acts of service and kindness.

Offering Hospitality










 

Each Saturday from 9 to 10:30 am, UUMC serves more than 200 brunch meals to the homeless and those in need. We also provide used clothing and toiletries at our Fig Leaf Store during those morning hours.

These ministries are made possible through the volunteer help of our members, parishioners of other area congregations, local service group members and individuals.


Fig Leaf Donation Needs:

Men:  

  • Pants and shorts (esp. waist size 30-38)

  • Shoes (esp. tennis and walking)

  • Underwear and socks (new)

  • T-Shirts

  • Bags to carry things

  • Hooded sweatshirts (esp. in winter months)

Women:  

  • Pants and casual skirts or dresses

  • Shoes (esp. tennis and walking)

  • Underwear and socks (new)

  • T-Shirts

  • Bags to carry things

  • Hooded sweatshirts (esp. in winter months)

To volunteer with Open Door or Fig Leaf

Contact Open Door Ministry

Volunteers: Open Door Handbook

Read the most recent Open Door Handbook, which contains policies and procedures

 

Campus Ministry at UUMC

Join us for a free supper and informal worship for students

7 pm: Supper in the Fellowship Hall

7:45 pm: Informal worship in Harris Chapel

 

Visit a Sunday School class

UUMC offers Sunday School classes for all ages, including a variety of options for adult learners, beginning at 9:45 am. Visitors and guests are always welcome. Children’s Sunday School (ages three to Fifth Grade) follows a Godly Play approach to faith formation, and Youth Sunday School emphasize group discussions.

Come to “Next Steps: An Introduction to UUMC”

Our informal newcomer orientation, offered periodically throughout the year, is an opportunity to meet-up with our pastors and parish leaders for a casual lunch here at church. It’s a chance to learn more about our programs, ask questions and get a brief overview of UUMC beliefs and church activities. It’s a great way to find “your place” at our community of faith. For dates and details about our upcoming “Next Steps” programs, contact Rev. Lisa Blaylock, Associate Pastor.

Check out a Home Room group

Home Room groups bring together UUMC members who are also neighbors by providing opportunities for regular get-togethers and shared meals. The groups, organized by ZIP codes, gather in members’ homes. Each group sets its own schedule and activities vary from month to month. Contact Rev. Lisa Blaylock, Associate Pastor, for more details about Homeroom Groups at University UMC.

Drop by the Welcome display in the Sanctuary lobby

Here you’ll find members each Sunday who are ready to answer questions and ensure that your visit to our church is positive and enriching. Please feel free to contact members of our Welcome Committee at these email addresses:

Consider Membership

There are many ways to become a member at University UMC, and our pastoral staff at University UMC are here to help guide you through that process. Contact Rev. Lisa Blaylock, Associate Pastor, for more details about membership at University UMC.