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CAUTION: Construction in Progress! Because of this, entrances to our main building will change weekly. Here, we'll keep you posted on where to go!
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Social Justice Movie Night: When I Came Home

Join us on Thursday, October 15 at 7pm for the film When I Came Home, which follows one veteran's struggle after returning home from the Iraq war.
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Children & Youth Programs

UUCA has an energetic and passionate Lifespan Religious Education program for children and youth!
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Adult Spiritual Development

Our adult programs are more than education – learn about all the benefits of participating in our classes, programs, and discussions!
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The Scoop: Hunger & Homelessness

Learn about the work of our Hunger & Homeless Committee...
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Sunday, October 11, 9:15 & 11:15am 
“Out of the Depths”
Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Associate Minister

The practice of lament is found in ancient rituals of many cultures. It is not a common thing to think about in modern times, but it provides a path through difficulty to healing and renewal.

Rev. Mark Ward

Rev. Mark Ward
Lead Minister

Rev. Ward offers spiritual leadership and a pastoral presence for the congregation and is chiefly responsible for its worship life. He also acts as chief of staff and oversees management of the congregation’s ministries. He was called as Lead Minister of UUCA in 2004.

To read Rev. Ward’s biography, click here.

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper
Associate Minister

Rev. Bovee-Kemper oversees the congregation’s pastoral, social justice, and membership ministries, working with the Lead Minister to provide a pastoral presence for the congregation. She works with the Earth & Social Justice Ministry to advocate and witness on issues of importance to the congregation, including hunger in Buncombe County, full equality for LGBTQ persons, and fair treatment for migrants. She also leads worship monthly. Rev. Lisa was hired as Assistant Minister of UUCA in 2011 and was called as our Associate Minister in 2014.

To read Rev. Bovee-Kemper’s biography, click here.

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Sermon: Learning from a “Watchman” (text & audio)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
The voice is a familiar one, like that of relative who surprises us every once in a while with fascinating, chatty phone calls: updating us on the family gossip, relating some slightly scandalous old stories, and puzzling over all that we lose in the relentless passage of time.

I recognized Harper Lee from the moment I opened her newly-released novel, Go Set a Watchman. To be honest, though, I wasn’t sure at first that I wanted to buy the book, given all the controversy over the circumstances of its appearance, apparently some 50 years after it was written. Did she really write it? Did she really intend to release it, or was she bullied into it by relatives seeking to enrich her estate? Click on the title to continue reading and/or to listen...


We cling. You name it, we’ve wrapped our grasping fingers and anxious hearts around it: success, safety, society’s standards of beauty, personal desires to be accepted, perfectionism, duty, fear, grudges, hurts, hopes, stuff, shame and privilege. Whether the object of our grasping is good or bad is not, as we learn, truly the issue. Click on the title (LETTING GO) to continue reading...

Location Key
(S) Sanctuary, (SH) Sandburg Hall, (RE) Religious Education Classrooms, (JH) Jefferson House, (23) 23 Edwin Place

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