University Christian is a church bent on living out our faith as a family. We may not always get it right, but our goal is to love and accept each person who comes in as they are. That doesn’t mean we stop growing or learning, of course; we believe that the Christian faith is a journey which will constantly challenge us to live more deeply into the people that we could be. We don’t believe we can be content with being in a world as it is now, not when we have a faith that asks us to imagine a world which might be possible – and striving for a better place, more filled with hope, joy, peace, and love means we’ll need the help and support of a faithful community.
Families might not always agree, but there is something bigger than our politics, hobbies, or even our theologies, that draws us in and keeps us together. Our shared sense that we might be able to live more as the people we are called to be – and thus pushing the world more into the place it is called to be – brings us back here week after week. And even if sometimes we don’t get along or do things the way that best fits everyone’s expectations, we know that at the end of the day it is our calling to support, encourage, teach, and learn from each other that connects us back to God.
Churches can take any number of shapes – a group that meets over a meal and prays together, a quilting circle making blankets for the homeless, a group of artists who use music and paint to connect to a sense of the Divine, you can find these shapes all over the city. For us, our Church happens to meet in an old, English-Gothic style building with a big steeple and a sanctuary filled with wooden pews. It isn’t because this is the only way to connect with God, it just happens to be the way that we choose to be reminded of our belief that God is both transcendent and intimately among us. The high ceiling, the old stained glass, the architecture, all of it was designed a long time ago specifically to give a sense of how much larger God is than us, but also how we fit into God. As we continue to try and become the people we are meant to be, our old church building helps us remember that we are just one part of a massive, inter-generational, multi-national, and diverse institution that has been trying to bring a sense of faithful wonder into the lives of people for thousands of years.
We don’t have a strict creed that all of our members will agree to. Rather, we offer a chance to believe in God and Christ without pretense or pressure. You don’t need to profess anything to belong here because the Church is big enough to handle questions and changing beliefs. Our denomination has an unofficial saying: “No creed but Christ; no book but the Bible.”