Inspired by the description of community we see in Acts 2, we have core practices which not only express who we are and what we believe but, as we practice them,
shape who we are and how well we believe.

 

Core Practices

Ritual and Rhythm of Life
There is comfort and meaning in continually devoting ourselves to simple faithfulness, shaped by scripture, prayer, communion, life together, sabbath keeping—whether we’re feeling it, or not. In our weekly services, our engagement with the community, our daily home life, we’re learning how a commitment to a lifestyle of faithfulness teaches us the faithfulness of God.

Submission to the Process
We’d like to say we’ve arrived. But we’re learning that spiritual, personal, relational growth are an ongoing process, where questions drive us deeper into scripture and the world and deeper into conversation with each other and with God. It’s humbling but it teaches us that God is the one shaping us and he is kind enough to do it a little at a time.

Generosity
Through stretching ourselves to give our building, our money, our gifts and time—in short, our whole selves—we are learning to trust in God’s abundance. By following the example of giving ourselves away, we’re leaning into Jesus’ example, and trusting his generosity.

Hospitality
We’re discovering that hospitality is a whole way of life, living gratefully even if we don’t feel grateful, even when there is little to share. As we open our building and homes and lives to each other, we’re understanding more deeply the welcome that Christ has extended to us.

Patience
When we set out to do God’s work, it’s tempting to set grand goals and expect easy success. We long for each person in our community to know his love and as we work with him in this effort, we learn his patience. Since this work of sharing his love and developing relationships takes time, we commit to it regularly and faithfully. Which brings us back to ritual and rhythm of life...

 

Core beliefs

Jesus and the authority of scripture are our central beliefs. We love the old quote:

“In essentials, unity, in non-essentials, liberty, and in all things, love.”

As far as we’re concerned, the essentials are all about the identity and meaning of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. In everything else, there is room for dialogue, with each other,
with our culture and with scripture.

 
And we hope and pray that dialogue, as everything else we do, can be done with love.

 

Mission Statement

Sharing the Love of Jesus in Uptown Cincinnati.
Developing Lifelong Kingdom Leaders.

Sharing the love of Jesus takes many forms. And as far as we’re concerned, leadership is choosing to share Jesus’ love. We believe that Jesus wants to share his love through many different people in many different places and so we do whatever we can to encourage and equip each community member as they shape what it means to share that love in their home, their work and their life.

 

Our Staff

 

Anthony Jones
Associate Pastor

Shannon Sanker
Family Minister

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Aaron Hatton
Campus Minister

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Justine Hatton
Administrator & Campus Minister

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Christopher Maier
Arts and Culture Coordinator

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Nathan Smith
Associate Pastor

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Dwayne Ralls
Custodian

 

Ministries

 

Campus Ministry

Students meet to discuss issues of faith every Wednesday night at 7 pm at Rohs St Cafe. Throughout the year we also offer students plenty of opportunities to get involved and meet other students. To learn more, email Anthony Jones.

 

Family Ministry

We believe family is one of the best places where hearts belong and spirits grow. So to support families in their important work, we create opportunities for kids and families to grow through Sunday morning programs, mid-week events, and just doing life together. To volunteer with our kids’ programs, or find out more about the ways we serve kids and families, contact Shannon Sanker.

 

Engagement with the Poor 

UCC seeks to live out Christ's call to care for those in need by partnering with organizations that care for the poor directly and that seek to root-out the causes of systemic poverty. City Gospel Mission and AMOS are just two of these organizations so whether you are interested in tutoring a student in need or engaging in conversations with others regarding social justice we invite you to respond to this call. To learn more email Nathan Smith.

 

CARE COORDINATOR

If you or someone you know is sick, had a death in the family, just welcomed a new baby or has another need for meals or support, contact ucc_cares@googlegroups.com

 

 

Guatemala Mission

Our church and cafe have a close relationship with coffee farmers in the Guatemalan village of Santa Maria de Jesus. Several graduates from UCC have worked there long-term and we also take a team each Spring to work with indigenous leaders there. To get involved, email Anthony Jones.

 

Rohs Street Cafe

Our not-for-profit cafe provides a community space for gathering and supports coffee farmers in Guatemala through our connections with La Armonia Hermosa, a coffee co-op. Want to volunteer? Serve coffee? Help with marketing? Email Keaton Neely.

 

Groups

UCC believes that Sunday morning worship is only part of the picture. Mid-week groups provide an opportunity for deeper relationships and more personal Bible study and are open to everyone. For more information contact Anthony Jones.

 

Sunday Hospitality and Worship

It takes approximately 15 volunteers to make Sunday services happen at UCC. We have a team of gifted and dedicated artists, ushers, technicians, greeters and coffee servers who all do their part to create a welcoming, worshipful atmosphere. To get involved on Sunday mornings, email Nathan Smith.

 

Groups

 

Weekly Groups

Wednesdays

7:00 pm at UCC (Focus)
For more info, contact Anthony Jones. This group is for college students but anyone is welcome.

 

Thursdays

morning
9:30 am at Rohs Street Cafe
For more info, contact Mandy Smith . This group is for women only.

evening
8:00 pm at UCC (Upstairs conference room)
For more info, contact Christopher Maier. Everyone is welcome to join.

 

Fridays

7 am at Rohs Street Cafe
Men's Bible study - contact Justine Hatton for more information.

 

Monthly Groups

JUSTICE Group

1st Sunday of each month following second service.  For more information contact Nathan Smith.


SUNDAY PHILOSOPHER'S CLUB

2nd Sunday of each month at Rohs Street Cafe. All are welcome! Discussion begins at 9pm with snacks before. For more information contact Justine Hatton.


GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT (INDONESIA)

1st Thursday of each month at 7pm. All are welcome to come and Skype, pray for and discuss how we can support our friends serving and living in Indonesia. For more information contact Justine Hatton.


IF:GATHERING

IF gatherings vary between weekly and annual, local and national interactions which center around the question, "If God is real... then what?" 

Click here to learn more about IF:GATHERING or contact Justine Hatton for more information. These groups are for women only.