BEING
   LGBTQ
IS NOT
 A SIN

 
 
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Our Fight For Equality

Jesus calls us to practice and promote the love of God in every relationship. As a progressive, inclusive, and reconciling church, University United Methodist Church (UUMC) acknowledges that all persons are of sacred worth, and we welcome everyone without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, national origin, physical ability, status, or economic condition. We believe that the Gospel of Christ advocates “good news” for all people, particularly those who are oppressed and marginalized by society.

 

For this reason, UUMC stands in opposition to discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) persons. We call for the removal of language in the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church that states that the practice of homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching” because it is not supported by scholarly interpretation of Scripture, Tradition, Experience, and Reason. We publicly proclaim our belief that Christ’s Gospel declares God’s grace is freely given to all people and empowers them to receive all the services of Christian ministry provided by the church.

 

 
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Love is love

"Somebody, your father or mine, should have told us that not many people have ever died of love. But multitudes have perished, and are perishing every hour--and in the oddest places!--for the lack of it"

— James Baldwin | Author

 

Our Ministries


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

 

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

 
 
 
 

A Nation of Immigrants

 
 
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Our Fight For Justice

Jesus calls us to practice and promote the love of God in every relationship. As a progressive, inclusive, and reconciling church, University United Methodist Church (UUMC) acknowledges that all persons are of sacred worth, and we welcome everyone without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, national origin, physical ability, status, or economic condition. We believe that the Gospel of Christ advocates “good news” for all people, particularly those who are oppressed and marginalized by society.

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A long time coming.

"It's been too hard living, but I'm afraid to die
'Cause I don't know what's up there, beyond the sky
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a
change gonna come"

Sam Cooke | Musician

 

Our Ministries


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.

 

An Act of Justice

 
 
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Our Fight Against Poverty

Jesus calls us to practice and promote the love of God in every relationship. As a progressive, inclusive, and reconciling church, University United Methodist Church (UUMC) acknowledges that all persons are of sacred worth, and we welcome everyone without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, national origin, physical ability, status, or economic condition. We believe that the Gospel of Christ advocates “good news” for all people, particularly those who are oppressed and marginalized by society.

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Give me your tired

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt | 32nd President

 

Our Ministries


 

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.

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.