"You Are Home"

Intrinsic to every person, is the need and desire to belong. As Sam E., one of our students, put it, “Belonging is important because we are social creatures, and crave interaction with others. We look for acceptance and validation from others." People long for a context in which they are included within a group, where they contribute to it as well as where the group honors them as a person. “Belonging means [you] have a sense of comfort and a shared sense of camaraderie”, says Sydney R., a 2nd year UCLA student. According to Barrie F., “Belonging means that you are a need to others, and your companionship is wanted; it provides a sense of inclusiveness,” and as Maddie F. points out, “You are missed when you are absent”.

College is an environment that is both a blessing and a challenge to this drive for belonging. For most undergraduate students, this is the first time they are living apart from their families, in which they experienced belonging at its fullest. For others, college is a opportunity and time to truly experience belonging as they never have before. Either way, it is important
“to be welcomed into a community, beyond the student aspect, understanding each other, and making sure everyone is doing well, both academically and as a person” says Mariana V. Beyond a doubt, as students set foot onto college campuses nationwide, one of the biggest components they are looking for is  somewhere to belong.

At UCLA, students step onto one of the most populous campuses in the US. With well over 40,000 undergraduate students, each individual exists within a sea of people, and experience being lost in the crowd. With diversity being a large commitment of the administration, students are encountering others from not only different family backgrounds, but cultures as well. Megan L. recognizes that “It’s important to find and have an identity and truth that is outside ourselves. We gain different perspectives on realities that are not just ours.” Different worldviews. Different values. And the list goes on…

ULC is located right across from campus and amidst frat row, by the grace of God. The mission of the chapel is to be a home to discover and experience belonging in Christ. We recognize the very human need to belong, but also firmly believe that belonging is found at its full beauty in Christ. Jonathan C. highlights the importance of common ground in feeling like you belong, noting there are "qualities unique to your group that everyone shares. There is a glue that holds us all together." Jesus is the strongest glue there is. We are committed to welcoming students, loving them, and supporting them in their college careers in the name of Jesus, who welcomes all people with great diversity into His family, loves all and died for all, and promises to support all through the power of the Holy Spirit. Whether it is grabbing coffee with students or sharing a meal at family dinners at the chapel, Christ is what binds us together. It’s a space where each individual is needed and wanted by Jesus himself, and therefore by all of us at ULC. We invite you to pray for us and with us as we carry out this important mission!

--Pastor Bart


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November 2 -
Coffee Handout and Outreach @9am

November 6 -
Southwestern Cookout Themed Family Dinner @6pm

November 19 - 
UCLA vs. USC Tailgate Party @TBD


Happy Thanksgiving
From Our Family to Yours!
If you are anything like me, then the month of November is pretty much just "Pre-Thanksgiving". While we certainly take the opportunity to outwardly give thanks, and enjoy time with family and friends, a major part of the day is, well, the food! And every family has a "must-haves" list! Barrie can't fully enjoy the holiday without a good old-fashioned tuna noodle casserole...Sydney needs pumpkin pie, and cider hits the spot for Sam! In my family, I am the Cheesecake Queen! Every year, I take a cheesecake to Thanksgiving dinner, and I'd like to share one of my favorite fall recipes with you! Use it to sweeten up your Thanksgiving spread, or save it for another day, but you won't want to miss this! Bon appetit! 
Caramel Apple Cheesecake

1 (21-ounce) can apple pie filling 
1 (9-inch) graham cracker crust
1/4 cup caramel topping  
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
12 pecan halves, plus 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spoon 3/4 can apple pie filling into the crust. Add the remaining 1/4 can filling to a small saucepan and mix with the caramel. Heat over low heat until melted and spreadable, about 1 minute.

Whip the cream cheese in a large bowl until fluffy. Add the sugar, vanilla and eggs and beat until smooth, a few seconds. Pour this over the pie filling. Bake until the center of the cake is set, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Spoon the apple-caramel mixture over the top of the cheesecake and spread evenly. Decorate the edge of the cake with pecan halves and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Refrigerate the cake until ready to serve.

Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen (via

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