Welcome to the University Lutheran Chapel, where “Living in Grace, Sharing the Light” is our theme. We live in the grace that Jesus Christ freely gives as we strive to share the light of Christ with the UCLA community. We are Christians who worship Jesus Christ and share His love with our campus and community.
Our Mission Statement
Empowered by the Spirit through Word and Sacrament, it is our goal at University Lutheran Chapel to worship the Living God and bear witness to the Resurrected Christ, both through intellectual inquiry in the faith and by presenting ourselves to the UCLA community as imperfect but forgiven witnesses of Christ’s love.
Campus ministry at the University Lutheran Chapel (ULC) is built around Worship, Bible Study, Evangelism, and Fellowship
The LCMS: Doctrine & Mission Statement
We are an LCMS (Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod) congregation. For more information about the LCMS, you can visit the official LCMS website at www.LCMS.org. A useful introduction to the LCMS can be found here, and general FAQS (including statements of doctrine and official views, found under their respective tabs) are posted here. The LCMS mission statement is as follows:
In grateful response to God’s grace and empowerment by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod is to vigorously make known the love of Christ by Word and deed within our churches, communities, and the world.
The highest priority of our congregation is worship of the Resurrected Christ who comes to us in Word and Sacrament. It is through Word and Sacrament that we are empowered by the Spirit to be bold witnesses of Christ on campus in our actions, thoughts, and words. We use a variety of liturgical and musical settings from various traditions to express adoration of our God. If you play an instrument or sing, we welcome you to use your gifts to serve God in Sunday worship. We have two worship services: a full communion service on Sunday mornings and a meditative contemporary service on Tuesday nights.
Bible Study and Prayer
ULC is community made up of undergraduate and graduate students, and community members. We offer a number of Bible studies that cater to our diverse community. We encourage our community to study God’s Word that they may grow in discipleship and outreach.
ULC is a community that loves to have fun! For us, fellowship is a time of relaxing with your church family and a low-pressure way to introduce their friends to a Christian community. We sponsor a number of activities to take our minds off school and books: a ski trip to Mammoth, trips to the Hollywood Bowl, movie nights, concerts, plays, and a welcome barbecue at the beginning of the fall quarter. Everyone is welcome to join us!
Every year our chapel goes on a retreat! This is a time for us to get away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and find peace and relaxation as we study God’s Word. We often have special guest speakers with us on retreat to inspire and encourage us. Past speakers have included Dr. Steve Mueller of Concordia University, Irvine and Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason. Retreat topics have included finding God’s will for your life, spiritual gift inventories, Christ in the writings of C. S. Lewis, Angels and Demons, and developing leadership.
A unique aspect of church is our Sexton Program. A Sexton is a person who lives at the chapel in exchange for eight hours of volunteer work per week and a small donation for utilities. The Sextons are the heartbeat of the chapel. Their hard work and dedication to serving Christ inspire us and keep our ministry running!