This Sunday and This Week at UCG

This Sunday at UCG we begin a new worship theme, “Love Letters.” Maybe you’ve written or received them… maybe you have known people whose lives were messages of love.  Maybe there were words or maybe gestures that communicated the love–from predictable or from  unexpected places. Join us this Sunday for

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The Search Process

The search process for our next UCG Associate Minister has begun. As per our UCG policies and procedures, the nominations for Search Committee members were contributed by the congregation, vetted for every possible representation, diversity, and availability by Council Exec, and by vote of the Church Council, a slate of

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Bread and Wine

I do this weird thing with wine and bread every once in a while. My wife Tracy busts me almost every time I do it, but still, I do it anyway. Often, gathered around our dinner table, I’ll take a little corner of my bread and tilt my glass in

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Love…Endures All Things

Sabbath doesn’t always bring rest. And Easter doesn’t always remind me of resurrection. Sometimes, the message of Easter is simply, “endure.” Not the most hope-filled word, I know. But sometimes, it is all we can do. It was hard not to draw correlations between the death of 16-year-old Robert Dentmond

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A Prayer for Gainesville

Like many of you, I’ve been heartbroken this week. It is hard to imagine Easter arriving by Sunday, but I was also reminded that heartbreak is our natural companion during Holy Week. Any words I could offer feel inadequate, but silence too seems insufficient. I was reading the traditional seven

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“An ABCD”

This past Sunday I preached about the greatest birthday gift I ever gave myself. It was when I turned 40 years old, and I knew I wanted to do something epic. So I asked all of my friends the whole world over to, if they were so inspired, make me

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352 Walls

Over the past many months, artists from around the world have been transforming our city walls into giant works of art here in Gainesville, Florida. 352walls has transformed many of our downtown buildings into eye-catching, mind blowing and head scratching murals that have done much to inspire the imagination and

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Communication & Connection

Watch as we zoom right into the year 2015. 50 years after our very first year as a congregation we find ourselves at a crossroads. As a congregation we’ve experienced birth, growth, change and evolution. In honor of all this forward-thinkingness, we decided it was time to take the website to

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