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.

Fall 2017 Classes

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

Transitions Small Group Ministry (SGM)

Mondays, October 23 / 30 / November 6 / 13 / 27 / December 4, 6:30-8:30 – Room TBD

This 6-session series will provide space to reflect on major life transitions and their personal impact. The SGM model of respectful listening and sharing will be used. Lauren Bailey (rolfsing@msn.com541-915-6275) and Susan Bertrand (idealdance515@yahoo.com503-490-5148) will co-facilitate this group of up to 12 people. A voluntary one-time donation of $10-$20 is suggested. Commitment to attend each session is requested. Register in lobby after the Sunday service on October 1, 8, and 15.

I Am Not Your Negro – Film and Facilitated Discussion

Saturday, October 28, 4:30-7:30 – Sanctuary

Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. By confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

The Tears We Cannot Stop – Book Group

First session: Friday, November 3, 10-11:00 – other dates/times TBD

In his provocative and deeply personal call for change, Michael Eric Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted.

“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


De-escalation and Client Centered Communication

Look for it this Fall! Date/Time TBD

The philosophy: At White Bird, we follow a client centered model and believe that each person deserves respect for his or her process. Our role is to be available to help out 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 so that a lay-person (not trained in medicine or crisis intervention) can maintain personal safety and recognize when someone might need care. We will go over:

  • 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.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Look for it this Fall! Date/Time TBD

When Rev. Sydney learned about my seeming obsession with the Harry Potter books, she told me about a podcast called “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.” On the podcast, Potter-heads read and study the books as though they were sacred. They use spiritual practices borrowed from different faith traditions to help them interpret the texts and apply those interpretations to their current lives. I want to try this practice with a group of you! If you are interested in participating in this new spiritual practice with me, please send me an email or give me a call. or 541-686-2775 ext. 2. If enough people are interested, we can determine a day of the week and timing that works for our group. In the meantime, check out the podcast at

 The Hate U Give – Book Group

Look for it this Fall! Date/Time TBD

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


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?”


Sundays, 8:30am to 9:30pm, South Entry

Mondays, 5pm to 5:45pm, 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: