First Sundays Meet and Greet
For parking after 6 p.m. and on weekends, we can use the Looking Glass School parking lot next to ours, and the Eugene Hearing and Speech Center parking lot on 1500 West 12th Avenue, one block east of Chambers Street. We can also park on 12th Street and on 13th. If you are able to walk further, please save close-in parking for the less physically able. (Please don't park in their drive-though at the front door.)
How big is the congregation?
Our voting membership is recently recorded at 295+. The average number attending the service is 250-300 members and friends.
What happens during the service?
• Call to Worship
• Choir Sings
• Inspirational Reading
• Congregation Singing
• Congregation Singing
• Ending Blessing
Coffee and tea in the social hall
The Order of Service is familiar to many who have attended traditional churches. But we also enjoy a variety of "alternative" formats – a flower communion, a contemporary youth-led service, or a morning devoted to music. We recommend visiting for 4 or 5 services before deciding if this is a fit for you.
What should I and my family wear to church?
Whatever YOU feel comfortable wearing is fine. Some of us wear pearls and heels, others wear jeans and a t-shirt. Children should dress so they can actively engage in messy art projects or outdoor activities.
Is there "Sunday School" or other Religious Education for children?
During the church year, our children and youth stay for the start of the service, then go to classes for the rest of the hour. In the summer we don't hold Religious Education classes, but do provide fun activities for our youngest kids, and of course childcare is always available for the 5s and under. Find out more at our Religious Education pages.
How welcoming is your church to all people of diverse lifestyles and abilities?
We are an official 'Welcoming Congregation', honoring and celebrating our unique gifts of differences of age, race and national origin, ability, class, and gender identity. We work very hard to make all gatherings accessible to all: wheelchair accessible, Braille hymnals, a T-coil hearing system, and large print programs. Our Interweave group and Accessibility Committee are great resources.
Will my beliefs be welcome?
The UU religion promotes a joyful and respectful attitude about the sources of loving religious and spiritual traditions in the world, and we support the many paths our friends and neighbors take.
Being part of the UU community is simply a matter of self-identification, not conversion. Membership does not require renouncing other religious affiliations or practices. In our church we have many UUs who also identify as Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist, Pagan, Agnostic, and other paths.
We don't expect anyone to "believe" in everything said in reading, in sermons, in personal reflections. In fact we know that UUers will disagree. However, we do have foundational Principles and a shared Covenant for guidance in Right Relations with others.
How do UUs worship together, but believe many different things?
UUs desire worship services each Sunday as a way to nourish our minds and heart. Taking time and creating a space each week for reflection and connection with one another is a joy.
We enjoy the service elements as holding different meanings, and satisfying different needs for everyone. For example, a minute of silence can mean prayer, meditation, or reflection. Lighting a candle can be ritual expression of gratitude, a request for help, or remembering a person or event.
What is the the meaning of the FLAMING CHALICE symbol used in UU literature?
A flame within a chalice is a symbol of the Unitarian Universalist faith. Hans Deutsch, an Austrian artist, first brought together the chalice and the flame during World War II. Modern chalice designs often incorporate two overlapping circles which, for many people, represent our Unitarian and Universalist heritages.
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