Welcome to University Baptist Church (UBC), adjacent to the University of Minnesota in historic Dinkytown. Throughout this website and at UBC, you will be able to see our intentional focus on inclusion, justice-seeking and peace-making. We are intrigued and captured by the challenge and whimsey of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and seek to live out this Good News in our individual and collective lives.
Our mission at UBC is to be a loving and inclusive community seeking faith, joy and action nurtured by the biblical traditions, the teachings of Christ, and God's continuing revelation.
Until further notice, UBC's Sunday services will be available online:
Sunday, January 17th:
Dec 20th's recorded Sunday service can be viewed here.
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Statement Condemning Violent Acts of Insurrection by Domestic Terrorists
We join other people of faith around the world in denouncing the events at our nation’s Capitol and across the country on January 6, 2021. The attempt to overturn the results of one of the most scrutinized elections is a tragedy. But it threw into even starker relief the deep-rooted evils of racism and violence that have been allowed to surface in our country over the past four years. The use of provocative racist symbols in connection with Jesus’ name is an idolatrous abomination. The double standard in the treatment of those trying to take over the Capitol on January 6 and those protesting racial injustice is appalling and reflective of our brokenness as a society. It is a denial of history to say that this is not who we are as a nation. It is incumbent on the church to not only stand up against foreign and domestic tyranny, but to offer something better—to reclaim the core of our faith and to live into those ideals.
We commit ourselves to the following:
● To listen to our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) siblings
● To call out lies and deception
● To call people to account for acts of violence
● To resist the temptation to demonize each other
● To resist the temptation to meet another’s violence with our own superior violence for we believe that this perpetuates a never-ending cycle
● To remember that violence of the fist starts with violence of the heart
● To remember the words of the Torah and Jesus to love God and to love our neighbor
● To study the scriptures and recapture a sense of God’s liberating action today
● To humbly recognize our blinders and be open to better revelation
● To commit ourselves to prayerfully and diligently work for a more peaceful and just society
People of faith can differ over elected officials and political parties. Yet we must call out racism when we see it and advocate with all of our might for the Beloved Community. We join millions of others across this world who also seek this sacred center. May we not rest until the wolf shall lie down with the lamb and they shall not study war any more (Isaiah 2, 11).
2020/21 UBC Worship Theme:
“Repairing the Breach/ Restoring the Streets”
In this tumultuous time, where do we look for healing? Do we look to doctors? Epidemiologists? Infectious disease experts? Recovery communities? Politicians? Religious leaders? A trusted friend or family member? All of the above? None of the above?
The Bible is chock full of healing stories. Some of them can seem trite and fanciful. But they almost always pointed to something bigger than actual physical curing of an ailment. Someone being ‘sick’ in Biblical days meant that they were cut off from community, shunned for fear of infection, or worse a sinner in need of repentance. Whenever Jesus healed someone, he not only attended to their physical health, but turned his gaze at a community that had let this happen, that had made them ‘other’, that had ostracized them. Today, as in days of yore, any responsible talk of healing needs to address the brokenness of our collective community. Someone’s individual sickness can be a symptom of a societal breakdown. How can we not see the connection between systemic racism and COVID19 deaths among the BIPOC communities?
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