UUCE adult religious education is part of our lifespan religious education program under the direction of DRE Katy Siepert and the Rev. Dr. Sydney Morris.

Adult religious education promotes, encourages, and affirms our congregation’s spiritual growth and “free and responsible search for truth and meaning” as expressed by the Unitarian Universalist Seven Principles.

The Adult RE Team assists with inquiries, design, planning and execution of adult RE courses and programs. Contact DRE Katy Siepert for more information: or 541-686-2775, ext. 2.

Winter 2018 Classes

All parents are warmly invited. Childcare is available upon request.


“13th” – Film and Facilitated Discussion

Saturday, January 20th, 4:30-7:30 – Sanctuary

The 13th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution abolished slavery. But it also included a provision many people don’t know about and that is what this documentary brings to view. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist.” That exception justifies the use of forced labor as long as the laborer is a convict.

Films and Facilitated Discussions for these select films:

1st Saturdays of each month – 4:30-7:30 – Sanctuary




Awakening to Whiteness, Listening to Black Voices

Various times/days – TBD

Based in part on a reading list suggested by author, theologian, and educator Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, we aim to educate ourselves on the Black experience in America and the role of White Supremacist strains in our culture. Through an ongoing series of readings, we will study pivotal African American literature, and listen deeply to these urgent voices of our times. You are invited to participate for the whole series, or to attend the discussion of particular books. Sign up at the kindness card table with Jean Marie and Frankie.

“The time is at hand for reckoning with the past, recognizing the truth of the present, and moving together to redeem the nation for our future. If we don’t act now, if you don’t address race immediately, there very well may be no future.”                                                                                              – Michael Eric Dyson


Blessing Books

Sunday, March 4th, 1:00-3:00 – Chapel

The Rev. Laurie Bushbaum brought us this wonderful project, and this month, we will continue the creative process, making blessing books. Create a simple hand-bound, pop-up book to serve as meditation tool. Choose a favorite poem, word or phrase to illustrate with 3-D collage and create your own little sacred text. All ages welcome; children under 10 should bring their own adult, but both will likely be able to complete a book, or create a book as a family for your dinner table!


Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Every other Wednesday, 5:30-7:00pm at the Market of Choice, upstairs tables. Back after the holidays – Jan 10th

Based on the podcast “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text,” we read these books we love as though they were sacred. Each time we meet, we come prepared, having read the chapter through a mutually decided-upon theme. We then discuss the text, draw parallels to our own lives and to what is happening in the world around us today. We use sacred reading techniques drawn from the world’s religious traditions: Lectio Devina, Havruta, Sacred Imagination, and Floriledgia, to help us find the deeper meanings within the text.  Please join us at the Market up Choice on 29th, balcony tables, and get in on this good fun. In the meantime, check out the podcast at Contact Debra Eichner for more information at (541) 731-5899 and to get included on the info text list.

De-escalation and Client Centered Communication

Saturday,  February 3rd, 1:00-3:00 – Chapel

The philosophy:  White Bird follows a client centered model where each person deserves respect for his or her process. Our role is to be available to help where we can, with the least intervention necessary to facilitate a healthy and safe process for everyone.

Our basic communication and de-escalation trainings provide an overview of skills and assessment:

  • Basic interpersonal communication skills with a humanistic/person centered approach.
  • Basic crisis intervention and de-escalation tips and techniques.
  • Physical safety and scene assessment.
  • Basic physical assessment of a person.
  • General self-care and maintaining healthy boundaries in difficult situations.
  • Your questions and concerns specific to your agency, business, or community.

The 12 Steps and UU – Recovery Small Group Ministry

Tuesdays, February 6-March 27, 7:00-8:30pm – Room 6

The 7/12 Connection in Addictions & Recovery uses the small group ministry model for exploration of recovery from addictions. In this eight sessions we will explore the connection between our 7 Unitarian Universalist Principles and the 12 Steps of recovery programs, as well as providing a variety of approaches to the 12 Steps. This may prove a helpful tool for those who prefer to explore alternatives to the Judeo-Christian, white male orientation of AA, while retaining the core of what works in the 12 Steps. Please contact Kimberly Wootan to sign up or if you have any questions.

Talk on Opal Whiteley, Oregon’s Nature Girl

Sunday, March 18th – 12:30pm – 1:30pm – Chapel

Opal Whiteley grew up in logging camps East of Cottage Grove at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A hundred years ago, she skipped through the forests of Oregon, talking to trees and animals. At the age of 23, Opal had a diary published about her experiences as a child of nature growing up in Oregon that became a huge nation-wide bestseller. Presidents, Kings and other important people read her book. Later she followed this book with two more, “The Fairyland Around Us,” and “Flower of Stars.” Unfortunately, Opal had mental problems later in life, and ended up  in a mental institution outside London, England where she spent the rest of her days. Come learn more about Opal and her fascinating life here in the Willamette Valley and beyond. Contact Name: Thomas Romano;

Traveling with UU

Sunday, February 11 – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Chapel

Many in our congregation have traveled to fascinating places all over the globe. Come chat with them about their experiences abroad. Kick-off is with Connie and Anne, who recently returned from Cuba.

Tai Chi Fusion with Barbara Flitcroft

Wednesdays, begins February 7th – 10:00 am –11:00 am – Chapel

A series of unanticipated events impacted Barbara’s life, causing a sense of overwhelm.  In response, she decided to explore a variety of mental and physical exercises to help her cope with life’s stresses. After practicing as a student, she eventually started leading a Tai Chi class at Hillsboro Park and Rec center.  She worked to weave aspects of Tai Chi, Yoga, Qi Gong together into a new form called Tai Chi Fusion.  

Moving to Eugene ended that 31/2 year teaching opportunity, but she is hoping to revive the practice in her life with you. Join her and learn what gentle moving meditation can bring to your sense of well-being.  Childcare is available.


Touchstone Tuesday Potlucks

Monthly – 1st Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:30pm

Join in compassionate and nourishing community together with other UUs – bring a dish and stay a while!

Mindfulness Parenting Group

Ongoing – Thursday mornings, 10 – 11:30 am

Parents, parents-to-be, and other guardians of children, please join our mindful parenting discussion group! You are invited to come every week, or just drop in as your schedule permits. Babies and children of all ages are welcome in the space, and an assistant will be present to help entertain the wee ones while we talk. We will discuss books and articles related to the practice of positive and mindful parenting, starting with works such as “Buddhism for Mothers” by Sarah Napthali, and “Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting” by Myla Kabat-Zinn. If finding time to read at home sounds like a daunting task, not to worry! We’ll summarize each reading and/or read aloud key excerpts at the beginning of each meeting for those who don’t have time for “homework”. The goal is that this group will be a source of community and support for those of us who share our days with young humans, which can sometimes be quite challenging. Questions can be directed to Kelsey Khatter, Email or text will get you a quicker response, but feel free to call as well. We hope you will join us!

Faith Forward: Inquirers 

Ongoing – Sunday mornings, 11:15 am-12:15 pm

The Inquirers Series is offered every Sunday in the Minister’s Office to welcome newcomers into the congregation. Eight topics are covered, one per session, and repeated throughout the year. Designed for drop-in attendance, the goal of this series is to help make our church values and culture transparent and known so that people can make an informed decision about membership in our church, to introduce newcomers to church staff, ministers, and lay leaders, and to create safe space for people to ask questions and learn more about Unitarian Universalism and the UUCE.

Faith Forward: Beyond Inquirers

Ongoing, begins January 15 – Sunday mornings, 11:15 am-12:15 pm

What do UUs believe? Is this a new religion? How do we “do” church? How do we live our values? Where do I belong? This is a class that empowers new AND long term members to answer the question “What is Unitarian Universalism?”


Mondays, 7pm, Chapel (Except holidays or severe weather)

All sincere and silent sitting meditations and prayer are welcome. All faiths and beliefs are compatible with our secular contemplative meditation practice. Sitting and walking in silent meditation with group support can be a quiet and powerful statement of our presence. While we may experience a personal sense of well-being, our meditations are a peacemaker activity for our church, our greater community, and for our world.


Meet every Tuesday morning to look at and learn about birds, followed by breakfast and conversation at a local eatery. All are welcome, no experience necessary. Contact Mike Berg, at, 541-357-3145

Poetry Groups

Contact Bonnie Phipps for information regarding ongoing poetry groups: