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The Reverend Matt Gaventa
Psalm 119:33-40

A Reading from the Psalms Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes, and I will observe it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Lead me …

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UPC Austin Is an Inclusive, Welcoming Congregation

UPC Joins More Light Presbyterians 

In February, the session adopted an inclusivity statement which came from two committees of our church: “University Presbyterian Church strives to embody God’s love for the diversity of creation by affirming the dignity of all persons as created in God’s image. We welcome people of all races, cultures, sexual orientations, gender expressions, and socioeconomic status in all ministries of the church.” In asking questions around how we live into this statement, we felt like a good first step was to join More Light in order to gain some resources. As we learned in our listening sessions, we want to be beyond a “welcoming” congregation. We want to be a “wanting” congregation. We want members of the LGBTQIA+ community to feel welcomed, included, and wanted at our church because the Table of God is bigger than we have thought of it in the past.

For more information about More Light Presbyterians, go to mlp.org/our-story/

UPC Session Approves Affirmative Inclusion Statement

At its regular meeting February 20, 2010, the UPC session approved a statement to govern UPC in its ministries of hospitality and welcome. The statement reads:

University Presbyterian Church strives to embody God’s love for the diversity of creation by affirming the dignity of all persons as created in God’s image. We welcome people of all races, cultures, sexual orientations, gender expressions, and socioeconomic status in all ministries of the church.

In bringing this language to the session, the Christian Formation and UKirk committees spoke of a need for UPC to be a place where people in our midst could ask the questions they need to ask and be assured they are in a safe environment. This statement is intended to define the measure of that safe space. It is not meant to be the end of building. It is, instead, a commitment to doing together the work required of us as we seek to embody God’s broad welcome in everything that we do.

Click here to read the pastoral letter from Matt Gaventa, Krystal Leedy, and John Leedy.