This Week at UBC

Updated every Monday


Hello Friends: 


Thousands of people have gathered around the world to protest the mistreatment and deaths of Iranian women who choose not to wear headscarves. On top of this, media access has been curtailed and it’s hard to know how to help. We keep our eyes, ears and hearts open to those who seek dignity and safety in this time of trauma. 


Please also keep the people affected by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian. Donations for Hurricane relief can be made to UBC. We’ll send the money to the areas in most need through the ecumenical One Great Hour of Sharing. 


On Friday, we have two opportunities for service. 

It’s our quarterly Loaves and Fishes meal program where we cook and serve over 200 meals for our hungry neighbors.  Here are the details from Steve Lee: Like the past few times we’ll be at Peace House Community 1816 Portland Avenue South in Minneapolis (55404).  Parking is available on the street or in a small lot off the alley to the west side of the building.  Enter the building on the west side. We’ll be preparing the food from 2:00 to 5:00, making to-go boxes from 4:45 to 6:15, and cleaning up until about 7:00.  I’d like to have about four people volunteer for preparation, about six for making the to-go boxes, and a couple for clean-up.  We will wear masks and keep our distance while working.  There won’t be any dining at Peace House for now, all carry out. Let me know if you’d like to help out by either answering the email or calling me at 612-844-8194 or 763-645-9499. 


The U of M’s homecoming parade passes right by UBC on Friday night. The parade starts at 6:30, so we’ll be gathering on the church lawn starting at 5 to cook s’mores and enjoy the festivities. FYI, University Avenue will be closed an hour or so before the parade begins. 


This Sunday, we will continue our series unpacking the theology of Atonement. Sunday’s focus is on ransom—the idea that Jesus’ death was a ransom paid to God on our behalf. Does this make sense to you? Is God a feudal lord or a jailor who requires death-penalty punishment?  What part does Jesus play in the cosmic battle between God and Satan? This line of thinking is found in the 5th chapter of Revelation. Try to read it before Sunday.  It's a communion Sunday and Paula Moyer will be the worship leader. The UBC Chorale will sing.  


After church, I’ll lead a forum talking about my Sabbatical experiences. It will likely take place in the Sanctuary. 


The October Newsletter deadline was yesterday. If you have any articles, announcements or pictures, please send them to Chris Follett at  


This week: 

Monday—5pm Intermediate Spanish, 6:15pm Beginning Spanish 

Meeting ID: 870 8785 1406 Passcode: 634591 

Tuesday—7pm Anti-Racism group 

        Meeting ID: 831 4584 1908 Passcode: 313775 


Wednesday—6pm UBC Chorale 

Wednesday—7:30pm UBC Majors Bell Choir  


Thursday—10am Garden Team 

Thursday—4:30pm Conversational Spanish 

Meeting ID: 870 8785 1406 Passcode: 634591 


Friday 2-7pm Loaves and Fishes 

Friday 5-7:30 s’mores on the church lawn as we watch the homecoming parade 


The Sunday service begins at 10am. Here’s a link to the livestream: 


At around 11am in-person Joys and Concerns happen every Sunday (not livestreamed, but available on zoom) 

Meeting ID 839 4725 7444 password 257750 


Blessings and Peace, 


Doug Donley