Our goal each Sunday is to provide a meaningful opportunity for any who choose to come to worship God. But we also know that worship is best done in community. If you are interested in learning more about some of the people who make up University Christian Church, check out the stories of members who have chosen to make UCC their church home.
We Chose UCC
The UCC family is a family coming together and sharing to make a whole. My entry to UCC gave me a family with hearts big enough to take in another heart which is ready to share. Not only have I been able to give knowledge and experiences that life has afforded me, but I have bad the fortune of receiving. Thanks to many members at UCC, I have learned that when life becomes difficult, the UCC family steps in and surrounds you with love and comfort. In my early years, through the deaths of many if my family members and my own cancer, I was cushioned by this wonderful family. Support groups were offered, but my family at UCC through God was all the support I needed. I thank God for leading me to UCC and letting me share the wonders from his children.
In our world today, it is very easy to be told what to do and what to believe. That takes the thought process out of making decision about beliefs. I appreciate the fact that at UCC we have folks of very diverse thoughts about spirituality, religion, and beliefs. We can all live comfortably under one roof. We don't all agree, but we try to respect the other viewpoints and stay open to new ideas.
The basic Christian framework is in place, but there is room for some diverse beliefs. Through thoughtful worship, compassionate service, and spiritual growth, we walk down the path of this life together as a congregation.
Neither of us expected to find a Christian church that would embrace our individual experiences of spirituality. I was raised Quaker and my wife Helen was Catholic before experiencing a more universal sense of spirituality. I was immediately taken with the minister's heart-felt welcoming of diversity and eagerness to include differences. We consistently found this church deeply committed to the inclusion of all voices, all perspectives, even all religions, in deepening our exploration of Christian faith. This is a congregation that actually lives out Freedom of Belief. Long before the church officially declared itself to be 'open and affirming' we felt the authentic open-hearted acceptance both from the members and the staff of University Christian Church. We are grateful to have found a church home.
Raising a family is a huge challenge, especially with the additional social and emotional pressures facing children as well as parents these days. University Christian Church provides us with the spiritual and emotional support we need to nourish our faith as adults and as parents. But more importantly, University Christian Church is a wonderful place for our children to grow in their faith and learn about God's love. We appreciate the small Sunday school classes that allow them the individual attention they sometimes miss out on in their suburban schools. Also, the opportunities they have in after-church activities with other area churches provides them with the opportunity to experience the joy of serving others, to learn about how faith impacts life, and to develop friendships that will last them a lifetime. This is why we chose UCC.
When you enter a house of GOD no matter what the denomination, knowing it is not yours and yet feeling like you belong is what I felt at UCC. I attended services on Sundays thinking that this is not where I'm supposed to be. That is, until I met Pastor Chuck. Growing up Jewish kept me from exploring because I felt compelled to protect my heritage. Taking the time as an adult to understand 'who moved my rock' opened all sorts of doors for me. Having a broad acknowledgement of religious behaviors as an adult allowed me to discover that there is more out there and only I get to determine what's right for me. Listening to informative sermons by the ministers here opened my mind in a broader perspective allowing the light to come in. I started attending the Seekers Class and that was it. My thoughts began to run with an inner feeling that wouldn't go away. And there's only so long I could fight myself about something that I felt so convicted of being born inside me.
After the marriage to my best friend Kelly, the feeling like I already belonged allowed me to make the decision to let Christ into my life. We continue to make our lives whole as we walk hand in hand following His teachings and continue to grow with the revelation of having my own incredibly relationship with Christ through UCC.