University Baptist Church has a long history of working for social justice, starting with its involvement in the Abolition Movement in the 1850s and 60s. Members and friends of UBC volunteer their time, talents, and resources in a number of vital ministries, working against poverty and homelessness and advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people. Our affiliations and outreach include:
American Baptist Churches, USA, American Baptist Churches are healthy missional churches that nurture devoted disciples of Jesus Christ who live their lives in mission and ministry for the healing of the world through the love of God.
Interfaith Campus Coalition (ICC), University of Minnesota. University Baptist Church is part of a coalition of campus ministries at the University of Minnesota that includes Lutheran Campus Ministry (ELCA), First Congregational Church of Minnesota United Church of Christ, University Episcopal Community, Hillel Jewish Student Center, the Presbyterian Campus Connection, the Muslim Student Association, and St. Lawrence Catholic Church/the Newman Center.
UBC is a part of ICC because of its commitment to interfaith dialog, its respect for diversity and religious pluralism, and its efforts to develop a code of ethics for campus ministries that allows religious communities to have a meaningful presence at the University while respecting the boundaries between church and state.
Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists. As a member congregation, we welcome the full membership and participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in our life and ministry.
Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, an ecumenical Baptist organization committed to peacemaking and justice-seeking in the US and throughout the world. We are one of about 50 partner congregations with the BPFNA. Many of us attend their annual Summer Conferences as well as the international friendship tours to foster peace and nonviolence.
Alliance of Baptists, an organization which provides a clear voice for Christian freedom, distinctively Baptist and intentionally ecumenical in an interfaith world.
The Fellowship of Reconciliation, an interfaith organization committed to active nonviolence as a transforming way of life and as a means of radical change.
Soulforce. Members participate in the local and national soulforce organizations committed to working for justice on behalf of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons using nonviolent tactics.
Restorative Justice Community Action. Restorative justice works to reduce repeat offenders, reduce crime overall and strengthen and build community.
Organizations we support also include:
American Baptist Churches One Great Hour of Sharing (Disaster Relief)
AMOS (A Ministry of Sharing Health and Hope) in Nicaragua
Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches Division of Indian Work
Loaves and Fishes, Too (Meal Program)
PFLAG (parents, friends, family and allies of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual persons)
Second Baptist Church of León,Nicaragua
Second Baptist Church School of León, Nicaragua, Godparent Program
Southeast Miinneapolis Meals on Wheels
Southeast Seniors (A Living at Home Block Nurse Program)
UBC Fellowship Fund (Emergency Assistance)
WAMM (Women Against Military Madness)
We share our building with many organizations and movements including:
The Episcopal Parish of the Holy Trinity and St. Anskar
True Believers Fellowship
Divine Revelation Church
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)