Awake Awhile

For many people, it’s the most wonderful time of the year–the beginning of summer and the end of the semester. The traffic patterns in town alter with the season. Grads leave town, vacations begin, milestones of all sorts are marked. What are the turning points pivoting about in your life

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The Sound of One Hand Clapping

You know that feeling you get when you’re trying to come up with the name of a book you read or figure out where else you’ve seen that actor? It’s a gnawing feeling. You know the answer is right there, but you just can’t bring it out. It will bug

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Senior Sunday 2016

Our High School youth group hosts “Senior Sunday,” where out graduating seniors share thoughts on their UCG experience. In this service our youth choose every song, write every prayer and lead our hearts to a deeper appreciation of who we are as a spiritual community.

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This Sunday at UCG we continue our worship theme, “Be Now My Wisdom.” The service includes music by the Hogtown Strutters and Shelly’s sermon, “Wiseacres.”

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The Wisdom of Flowers

The Board of Parish Ministry kicks off our new worship theme “Be Now My Wisdom” with their beautiful, artistic, and fascinating service, “The Wisdom of Flowers,”offering lovely music and thoughtful presentations by various church members.

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Be Specific

I have bad luck with neighbors. The first apartment I ever rented was a basement in Bloomington, Indiana. I found out on the day I moved in that the 1st and 2nd floors were occupied by a brass ensemble from the school of music, who loved a good late night

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Today is my friend John’s birthday. He was 83 when he died on September 7, the same day as Andy’s dad.  John was the most unassuming person you would ever meet, though he had advanced degrees in many different subject areas–including agriculture, biology, sociology, divinity, and a few others I

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Carry a Cave

Three years ago, on Epiphany, I received a little wooden star. Shelly had created a whole basket of them as a reminder of the magi following the light to Jesus. On each star she had written a different word or phrase that was to guide its receiver through the coming

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Palm Sunday

Every year, around the world, people remember it. Palm Sunday. The day Jesus goes on a little ride into the city, a journey that changes everything. You may have had some of those–times of traveling a road or two that changed everything for you. This story is often called “the

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Understanding Racial Disparity in Alachua County

During the weekend of March 11-13, UCG planned and hosted a community-wide symposium, “Understanding Racial Disparity in Alachua County.” Our guest preacher for the Sunday services was the Rev. Dr. Everett Mitchell, pastor of Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Madison, Wisconsin. His congregation is the first African American

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In the Gift of This Day

Andy Bachmann reflects on a passage from J. Phillip Newell’s book, “Sounds of the Eternal,” which begins, “In the Gift of This New Day.” In his reflection, Andy answers the cliff-hanger question he posed in January of, “what are the two most worthwhile characteristics of a good pilgrim!” (We know

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Service Times

Sunday Services:
9:15 & 11:15am

Adult Seminars:
October 15 at 10:25am

Meditation in the Chapel: