As a community of faith:
We worship God,
We seek wisdom,
We serve others,
We offer care and compassion,
We share Good News.
We are a mainline Protestant congregation that celebrates affiliation with two major progressive American denominations: the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. We are a growing, vibrant faith community with over 300 members.
Words to Give You a Flavor of Who We Are
“We are young, we are old, we are rich, we are poor, we are seekers,we are certain, we are progressive, we are traditional, we are natives of Austin, we are citizens of the world, we are pilgrims, we are shepherds, we are connected,we are connecting, we are the United Christian Church of Austin, Texas." (from the preamble to our church’s constitution)
"United Christian Church is a leading congregation for ecumenical and interreligious concerns in the community. The leadership offered by the congregation of UCC has fostered improved relationships among all. Their involvement in community service events has made a difference in the lives of neighbors, both around the block and around the world. Austin is a better community with their faithful witness." (The Director of an Austin-area non-profit organization)
Being an Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation is more than just a technical, legalistic term; it’s a way of life. For our church, it means we strive to include all who walk through our doors and welcome them into the life of UCC. We accept them as deacons, as elders, as Sunday School teachers and more. Every member of United Christian Church is invited and welcome to attend our monthly ONA meetings. Please check the website calendar for the meeting dates and times.
On June 10, 2007 the congregation unanimously voted to be an Open & Affirming (ONA) Congregation and approved the following statement:
"We, the congregation of The United Christian Church, declare ourselves to be an open and affirming congregation, embracing diversity and affirming the dignity and worth of every person created in God's image. We welcome into full membership and participation in the Body of Christ persons of every race, ethnic background, age, gender, gender expression/identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, social-economic background, marital status and faith background. We welcome all to share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of participation in our congregation."
On February 12, 2012 the congregation amended the ONA statement to read:
“We, the congregation of The United Christian Church, declare ourselves to be an open and affirming congregation, embracing diversity and affirming the dignity and worth of every person created in God's image. We welcome into full membership and participation in the Body of Christ persons of every race, ethnic background, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, social-economic background, marital status and faith background. We welcome all to share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of participation in our congregation."
Open & Affirming is a United Church of Christ initative, and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) can be found here.
We are very happy to have you worship with us and participate in our programs. When you are ready to join, church membership will be a natural step for you, as a way to express your joy in -- and responsibility for -- this faith community. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have more questions, please call the church office (218-8110) during business hours, Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and one of our pastors would be happy to talk with you.
How do I become a member?
Adults may choose to join the church by letter of transfer, declaration of faith, or baptism by sprinkling or immersion. For infants we offer either dedication or baptism. There is a confirmation seminar for youth which culminates in confirmation or baptism. In this regard we are one of the few churches in the nation that can call itself "a full-service church."
The congregation welcomes new members with a "New Member Litany" in worship, a formal way of saying "welcome."
Our New Member Coordinator, Lynette Alcorn, offers a two hour “Prospective Members Class” for those who desire membership or just want more information about our church and its programs. Scheduled throughout the year, this class is offered on a Sunday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a light supper provided. Call the church office at 218-8110 if you are interested.
What are some benefits of membership?
Each member has a vote at our congregational meetings, which are held several times a year. Most importantly, you will be a part of this vital, progressive church community. If you have any questions regarding the membership process, please call the church office (218-8110) during business hours, Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and one of our pastors would be happy to talk with you.
What is my financial responsibility as a member?
We recognize one of the great truths of all the world's major religions: generosity is central to a healthy spiritual life. Members and participants (whether as individuals, partners, or as families) are expected to participate in our Annual Canvass and make a pledge of financial support. Pledging is the primary means for raising the funds necessary for sustaining the mission of this dynamic church. United Christian Church is completely supported by those who consider themselves to be a part of this community. We receive no outside financial support.
What is a pledge?
A pledge is a promise made by each congregant to financially support this church to the best of his or her ability. In return, the pastors, program leaders, and staff promise to provide the broad range of worship experiences, educational programs, community building, and social justice activities that make United Christian Church all that it is today. A high level of commitment and a spirit of generosity develop over time, and are the results of active participation in our programs.
How often do I make a pledge?
When you join the church as a new member, you are asked to make your first pledge by using the Pledge Card found in the New Member Packet. This initial pledge is for the remainder of this calendar year, ending December 31. After that, as a member, you will be asked to make a new pledge each autumn during our annual canvass. If you have questions about your pledge, contact the Stewardship and Finance Committee Chair.
How much should I plan to give each year?
Our current budget is over $300,000. Meeting this goal is shared by everyone who participates in our community. A high level of commitment and a spirit of generosity develops over time, and are the result of active participation in our programs.
What are my options for giving?
There are several options: automatic withdrawal, online giving, and more. Click here to see your options.