UUCE Renovations

Renovating the UUCE building was a two-year process in transformation. We did much of the work ourselves, volunteering countless hours to the project. We won awards for green demolishing, for recycling, and for building with “green” in mind. Our plan was to remodel the building in 400 days. It took rather longer (OK, over 600 days) to get to the point of moving in, and even then there was still lots of work to do.


For more of the story of the building renovation (the photo above is what the building looked like before we started), scroll the menu below, then click the month and year you’d like to read about.  The building renovation archive provides a day-by-day record of the project with hundreds of pictures.

We used to call it the BUB: “Butt Ugly Building.” As the renovated design emerged, we began calling it BUUB: “Beautiful UU Building.” It is still beautiful, but now we call it “our church.”

We continue to work on this labor of love, a massive volunteer effort by members, friends and even out of town visitors!




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December 2011
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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The blog entries for the early months of the project, listed below, are missing. We hope to restore these entries.]
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Due Diligence Background

  • Q&A#1: 2007 Due Diligence
  • Q&A#2: 2009 Due Diligence
  • Q&A#3: 2010 Due Diligence


Rev. Carolyn Colbert, Minister Emerita


The resolution honored Carolyn’s eight-year tenure with the UUCE as well as her entire ministerial career. The Committee on Ministry presented the following resolution:

Resolved, that the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene, in gratitude and appreciation for the Rev. Carolyn Colbert’s extraordinary and visionary service, reflected in outstanding membership, Religious Education and financial growth, and in innovative programming ranging from Worship Associates to Shared Ministry Groups, is hereby awarded the title of Minister Emerita of our church, and is afforded all the rights and privileges therein.

A definition of Emeritus status indicates “retired but retaining an honorary title corresponding to that held immediately before retirement. Emerita is used of a woman: a professor emerita.” Often the title is reserved for a minister who has served a congregation over many years. The rights and privileges for Minister Emerita include voting rights at all future GA sessions, and being able to include the “emerita” title on her personal correspondence.

Between 1990 and 2005, emerita/emeritus status was given to 174 clergy in the UUA. An average of 11.6 clergy are given emerita/emeritus status per year. There are (on average) 24 ministers who retire each year, so the percentage who received emerita(us) status is very close to 50%. The average length of service was 10 to 12 years.

More information on our denomination’s process and policies relating to emeritus/emerita status can be reviewed below or online at: http://www.uua.org/careers/ministers/22691.shtml