At UCM, students find a place to belong…
UCM has a long history of supporting marginalized students at TU. As an ecumenical ministry, we are committed to the values of inclusivity and compassion that Jesus taught, which includes valuing religious and spiritual expression of all kinds. At UCM, we strive to uplift the voices of LGBTQQIA+ students, women, people of color, people of all socio-economic backgrounds, and those with disabilities.* UCM works to provide a safe place for students to discover and express their identities, creating a social and supportive environment that is always safe but welcomes the discomfort that sometimes accompanies learning how to value each other’s differing insights and experiences.
Join us at the Little Blue House for a free Veggie Lunch at noon each Wednesday of classes! Vegetarian meals and good conversation are provided free of charge at this gathering which is one of our longest-standing UCM traditions. In the spirit of hospitality, we serve ourselves and each other, compost, and do our own dishes. All are welcome!
LGBTQ+ Support Group
In addition to hosting Pride meetings, UCM hosts LGBTQ+ Support Group which meets at a confidential time. This group provides a safe and anonymous place to discuss sexual orientation and gender identity, family and religious pressure, coming out, exploring identity, and whatever else students bring to the conversation. Please contact Linda if you are interested in joining us and she will schedule a brief intake interview with you.
Spiritual Trauma Discussion Group
As more and more students come to us having experienced the trauma of being told they are not welcome within religious communities, UCM now offers a discussion group to combat these prevalent messages of shame and guilt. Rather than evangelizing, UCM seeks to promote understanding and inclusion. From a ministry perspective, this healing work is imperative to our vision of a just and compassionate world.
*While UCM strives to be inclusive, our decades-old building provides challenges to this imperative. We are looking for support of our upcoming project to install an ADA accessible ramp at the Little Blue House. Please contact us if you can help us with this goal. We are working to increase the physical accessibility of our property and are committed to expanding this as we continue our renovations.