United University Church is a union congregation resulting from a 1982 merger of the University United Methodist Church and the Old First Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles. These two congregations shared their commitment to ministries of justice and had long histories of lifting up the humanity of the marginalized and protecting the dignity of the oppressed. They were not afraid to be the first in stepping up to protect the vulnerable, break color and gender barriers, and openly and enthusiastically welcome LGBTQI+ community. In 2014, facing insurmountable maintenance expenses and significant financial difficulties, the painful decision to sell the building to USC was made. In two purchases in 2017 and 2018, UUC acquired all the commercially zoned properties on the east side of Union Ave. between 22nd St. and 23rd St.
United University Church has moved, and we are embracing a new beginning. Though we are in the early stages of remodeling, we have continued worshiping the new site. We also continue to try new ways of being a community. What we believe in, what we stand for, and what we will work on will not change. We will be agents of hope in the community; we will be the voice of justice in our world.
Photo shows the front of the current sanctuary space. Due to the pandemic, services will be held outdoors in our parking lot. Stay tuned.