About Our Church
Empowered by love, we transform ourselves and serve our world.
At our congregation you will find...
A congregation that aspires to practice and extend welcome and hospitality. Come as you are- and expect to be transformed!
That we are a community freely bound to one another by principles that honor the inherent worth and dignity of persons; the responsible search for truth and meaning; a commitment to living out our faith in the service of compassion and justice; and an understanding that we are intricately connected with the web of all life.
Creative, meaningful, diverse worship; opportunities to deepen one’s spiritual and religious life through small group and class offerings; activities that allow you to connect to your most authentic self and to others.
Persons who have various mediation practices, study Gi Gong and Tai Chi, find their spirituality in the natural world, study Buddhism, are Wiccan or Pagan, are Theists, are Atheists, are Agnostic, come from Christian and Jewish backgrounds, come from no religious backgrounds at all, are seekers, are Mystics, are Humanists, and more.
The inclusion of all ages from cradle to sage in our shared community life.
A commitment to developing a lens of intersectionality: “the complex, cumulative manner in which the effects of different forms of discrimination combine, overlap, or intersect.”
A building that is wheelchair accessible and has a loop system in the sanctuary for the hearing impaired.
UUCE Covenant of Right Relations
“We covenant to build a religious community guided by respect and sustained by our principles. We will listen appreciatively, speak with care, express gratitude, honor our differences, and assume good intentions. We will communicate directly, honestly and compassionately – particularly when we are in conflict. When we hurt one another we will ask for forgiveness and make amends, and when we are hurt we will try to forgive and reconnect in a spirit of right relationship. In celebration of the common mission that unites us, we will abide by this covenant.”
History of UUCE
In 1909, a small group of religious liberals led by the Rev. Stephen Peebles, a retired Unitarian minister, banded together to form the First Unitarian Church of Eugene. Within three years, they had erected a church building on the corner of 11th and Ferry. For the next 25 years the Unitarian Church grew slowly. Then, in the social turmoil of the Great Depression, the church first grew rapidly and then almost collapsed, actually shutting its doors for a short time during World War II.
Starting in 1948, under the leadership of Sidney Peterman, a young minister just finishing seminary, the church reestablished itself and began to grow again. This growth continued under three more young ministers and by the late 1950s the Unitarian Church had outgrown it’s first church. This building was sold and the congregation met for nearly three years in a school while money was raised and a new building was erected at 40th and Donald.
The ministry of the new church began under the leadership of the Rev. Carl Nelson during another period of social turmoil and war. This time the church weathered these challenges successfully and had grown so much by the mid 1990s that it became necessary to hold two services. The growth accelerated during the ministry of the Rev. Carolyn Colbert and it became clear that the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene, once again, needed a larger building. Many years of planning and hard worked culminated in the vote on November 1st, 2009 to buy the former Scottish Rite Mason’s building at the corner of 13th and Chambers.
Since that time the church has settled into its new location. Through a program with St. Vincent DePaul, we have three Conestoga Huts that house 3 residents. When not in a pandemic we are active with a food ministry, sanctuary and immigration issues, earth justice and climate crisis, and racial and gender justice. There is a lively Faith Formation program for all ages. For a full list of UUCE’s Ministers since founding, click here.
The UUCE Board of Trustees adopted the 8th principle in September of 2020 and the Church body voted it into the bylaws in June of 2021. We are striving to live into our values. Throughout our website, you will find special activities designated as ones designed to help us live into the 8th principle. They can be identified with these images: