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's Congregational Covenant
Approved by the Board of Trustees, April 2023
As a beloved community empowered by love:
- We covenant to embrace the next person who is always arriving, open to the change they will bring.
- We covenant to trust others in their identity and truth and work to be trustworthy.
- We covenant to speak our truth bravely and gently as we commune in love and peace.
- We covenant to make efforts to understand the views of others, and make amends when intentions and impact collide.
- We covenant to expand our connections with the larger community, with humility and empathy.
- We covenant to remember that how we are with each other is the foundation upon which we build the beloved community.
Our Land Acknowledgement is an: Act of remembering, Act of repair, Act of Accountability, Act of Acknowledgement and Atonement
Let us take a moment to reflect upon this place where we gather. Let us recall that this is the stolen ancestral land of the Chelamela and Chifin bands of the Kalapuya people whose descendants still live among us.
For time out of mind, indigenous people lived here along the Whilamut River, maintaining the diverse oak savanna ecosystem through careful land management based on their deep understanding and sense of kinship with the world around them. White American settlers and colonizers decimated entire villages with disease, forcibly laid claim to the land, and brutally removed the Kalapuya people along with over 30 other tribes to what are now the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.
The attempts to destroy Native culture continued through the banishment of languages, broken treaties, and the separation of children from their families sent to boarding schools where children were abused and traumatized.
Today there are several ongoing efforts in our region to revitalize languages, restore land and water rights, cultivate indigenous arts and sciences, and re-establish the sovereignty of Native Tribes.
Let those of us who occupy this land resolve together to dismantle the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism. May we do our part to steward this land, and may we continue to strengthen our relationships with our indigenous neighbors.