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Reverend Ray Moore

Reverend Ray Moore

Watch a short video of Reverend Ray Moore’s story of God’s faithfulness and call to adventure.

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Vespers

Vespers

A quick survey of the crowd reveals a comforting catalog of familiar postures: a forehead on a pew between elbows, ankle-over-knee with elbow resting on back pew, hands over ears, chins on chests, elbows on knees with chin in palm.

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Celebrating Community

Celebrating Community

“One thing I will forever keep with me is the overwhelming sense of peace and joy that comes from simply letting go of worries and letting God have control.”

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Deputation Anniversary Stories: Connie Bernard, India (1988)

Deputation Anniversary Stories: Connie Bernard, India (1988)

“For those kids, someone cared enough about them to take them in, feed them, clothe them, and educate them, and that’s very hopeful.”

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Deputation Anniversary Stories: Ted Thwing, Manhattan (1964)

Deputation Anniversary Stories: Ted Thwing, Manhattan (1964)

“It wasn’t especially clear how God was working in that community. . . . It’s a matter of faith to be there, to show up.”

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Better Than a Ten Commandments Costume Party

Better Than a Ten Commandments Costume Party

“We were excited to find exactly what we were looking for—a way to meet people, grow our faith, and serve the community.”

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Why Are We Here?

Why Are We Here?

On January 12, 2013, Ray Suarez asked an important question in the course of his PresbyFest talk: Why are you here? When the rest of the country has largely moved on, why do you stick around?

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Embracing Internationals

Embracing Internationals

For decades, folks from around UPC have embraced internationals and demonstrated Christ’s love for them in tangible ways.

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Praying Aloud, All Together

Praying Aloud, All Together

“The church in Korea is so committed to Christian practices. I mean, I like church—I am a seminary student—but when is brunch and football?”

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Children

Celebrating Community

Celebrating Community

“One thing I will forever keep with me is the overwhelming sense of peace and joy that comes from simply letting go of worries and letting God have control.”

 
 
Future Huskies Embrace University Students

Future Huskies Embrace University Students

In November, the 10am Kindergartners responded to the call to embrace UW by making 100 cards and gift bags for students going into finals.

 
 
A Ray of Hope

A Ray of Hope

“In 1993, Asha Kiran (“Ray of Hope”) School was born—the perfect place to share her hope in Jesus Christ and her passion for children with special needs.”

 
 
Intern Scavenger Hunt

Intern Scavenger Hunt

On July 26, 2012, our lovely CFM interns gathered at the Welcome Kiosk ready to scour the building for items on the 2012 UPC Times Scavenger Hunt.

 
 
The Neighborhood Christmas Party

The Neighborhood Christmas Party

Kate Mitchum, cinnamon-roll baker and the instigator of the first annual Neighborhood Christmas Party, says she “always hoped I’d grow up to be ‘Mrs. Claus.’” She’s well on her way.

 
 
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Youth

Adult Prom

Adult Prom

Possibly the greatest item to hit the annual Youth Mission & Ministry auction this year was an elegant evening of playing dress-up and eating fancy foods for a group of lucky bidders.

 
 
The YMM Community Loves Our City

The YMM Community Loves Our City

On St. Patrick’s Day, 64 members of the YMM community–youth, parents, sponsors, and staff–spread out across Seattle to participate in their first annual Love Your City event.

 
 
Daniel Keyes: Humility

Daniel Keyes: Humility

 
 
Bloom Where You’re Planted

Bloom Where You’re Planted

Longtime UPC member, Kelly Pook, tells the story of how God called her to use her unique resources for ministry.

 
 
Dispatch: Seattle

Dispatch: Seattle

“Working with street youth, I constantly encounter stories that just shatter all familiar categories,” said Tyler Bauer, Program Manager at Street Youth Ministries (SYM).

 
 
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University

Celebrating Community

Celebrating Community

“One thing I will forever keep with me is the overwhelming sense of peace and joy that comes from simply letting go of worries and letting God have control.”

 
 
Celebrating Deputation: 60 Years, 53 Countries, 20 US States

Celebrating Deputation: 60 Years, 53 Countries, 20 US States

University Ministries is celebrating 60 years of sending college students on summer mission trips. Read about the countries they keep going back to, plus stories of past Deputees from each decade of the program.

 
 
Deputation Anniversary Stories: Laura Colleran, India (2012)

Deputation Anniversary Stories: Laura Colleran, India (2012)

“When I got to Bangalore, I told Rita James, the principal of Asha Kiran and my host mother, that I wanted to be an occupational therapist. Right away she gave me the opportunity to work with three boys. It was frustrating, rewarding, confusing, and insightful.”

 
 
Deputation Anniversary Stories: Nolan Giesbers, Malawi (2005)

Deputation Anniversary Stories: Nolan Giesbers, Malawi (2005)

“The beauty of seeing God work through these children had little to do with what they said or any life-altering conversation I had. Rather, it was communicated in the subtle, discreet actions that allowed me to see God’s love in a way I had never experienced before.”

 
 
Deputation Anniversary Stories: Brian Coon, Ireland (1991)

Deputation Anniversary Stories: Brian Coon, Ireland (1991)

“I signed up for Deputation out of a desire to serve God wherever. At one point we even did street outreach in Dublin (read: open-air preaching—yikes!).”

 
 
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20s & 30s

Celebrating Community

Celebrating Community

“One thing I will forever keep with me is the overwhelming sense of peace and joy that comes from simply letting go of worries and letting God have control.”

 
 
Burning Questions

Burning Questions

Janie Stuart interviews a university student to get a window into the “young minds” of today.

 
 
Simply Sharing Hope

Simply Sharing Hope

“I never had a negative reaction from telling someone that I would pray for them. In fact, the only reactions I ever got were ones of graciousness and thanks.”

 
 
Praying Aloud, All Together

Praying Aloud, All Together

“The church in Korea is so committed to Christian practices. I mean, I like church—I am a seminary student—but when is brunch and football?”

 
 
Riding in Cars With Friends

Riding in Cars With Friends

Is intergenerational friendship possible?

 
 
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Outreach

The Neighborhood Initiative

The Neighborhood Initiative

Celebrating the way God invites us into relationships.

 
 

A Lot Can Happen in Two Weeks

Located at 415 Westlake Ave N in South Lake Union, just blocks away from Amazon headquarters, the neighborhood around Union’s meeting place is rapidly growing. Rent is steep, but the congregation . . . has found God has provided what they’ve needed to be a part of the neighborhood.

 
 

Embraced and Invited

In Marilynne Robinson’s book, _When I Was a Child I Wrote Books_, she thoughtfully states, “Community, at least community larger than the immediate family, consists very largely of imaginative love for people we do not know or whom we know very slightly.”

 
 
Why Are We Here?

Why Are We Here?

On January 12, 2013, Ray Suarez asked an important question in the course of his PresbyFest talk: Why are you here? When the rest of the country has largely moved on, why do you stick around?

 
 
Embracing Internationals

Embracing Internationals

For decades, folks from around UPC have embraced internationals and demonstrated Christ’s love for them in tangible ways.

 
 
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Worship

Vespers

Vespers

A quick survey of the crowd reveals a comforting catalog of familiar postures: a forehead on a pew between elbows, ankle-over-knee with elbow resting on back pew, hands over ears, chins on chests, elbows on knees with chin in palm.

 
 
Praying Aloud, All Together

Praying Aloud, All Together

“The church in Korea is so committed to Christian practices. I mean, I like church—I am a seminary student—but when is brunch and football?”

 
 
Worship Joy

Worship Joy

Members of the worship teams talk about how worship brings them joy.

 
 
Music and Ministry in the Ukraine

Music and Ministry in the Ukraine

The Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (KSOC) is part of Music Mission Kiev, a ministry founded by Roger and Diane McMurrin, former Presbyterian choir directors from Florida. On their first visit to Kiev, Ukraine, in 1992, they formed a choir to perform Handel’s Messiah. During the Soviet era, Christian-based music had been suppressed. The response [...]

 
 
Words of Worship

Words of Worship

The words that we sing and speak, enact in sacrament, or embody in art during worship do more than teach us the language of faith, they also transform us to embody the hope of Jesus Christ in the world.

 
 
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Small Groups

Better Than a Ten Commandments Costume Party

Better Than a Ten Commandments Costume Party

“We were excited to find exactly what we were looking for—a way to meet people, grow our faith, and serve the community.”

 
 
Breaking Bread

Breaking Bread

This year, we’re following the story of a Ballard-based small group. Click here to see what this group is up to!

 
 
A Moment of Joy

A Moment of Joy

In the latest installment of the Small Group Journal, one member discussed Christmas traditions.

 
 
The Geography of Hope

The Geography of Hope

Take a look into just a few of the places where we, as a UPC family, are called to share hope in Christ.

 
 
Small Group Journal: A Group That Plays Together, Stays Together

Small Group Journal: A Group That Plays Together, Stays Together

This group has been such an incredible blessing to me. Having people who are praying for me, who I can call when I need help moving, or to go on a walk with, or to grab dinner with is so fun.

 
 
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