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About Us

We are an open and affirming, Christian Church, seeking to live Jesus’ vision of inclusive community and mission.

Banner-Mission_StatementWe are an “open and affirming” congregation, meaning that all people are welcome to participate fully in the life of our congregation regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. In addition to our wider church connection with the United Church of Christ, we are a member of The Center For Progressive Christianity and affirm the eight points of a progressive expression of Christianity.

Though worship is the Sunday morning hub, our life in community is nurtured by our many small groups, each with a distinct focus of fellowship, musical, social justice, support, or spiritual growth. Ensemble Choir, Dinners for Eight, Grief Recovery Group, and Youth Groups, are a few examples of our small-group emphasis.

Our compassion extends beyond our church walls – in 2015 we gave $141,760 to outreach missions of care and compassion. Our preschool, which some parents have characterized as “the last perfect place on Earth” provides a solid learning and creative foundation for 90 youngsters in our community each year.

Today, our church family encompasses over 625 members with 200-300 more calling us their home church- representing many walks of life, beliefs, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. On Sunday, five generations join to worship and study together, and throughout the week we pursue our spiritual pilgrimages through service to the church, our community, and our families.  For a snapshot of the many ways we can be Church, look at our organizational chart in the side-bar.

We Have A Heritage of Free-Thinkers

Our church family has a distinguished heritage reaching back to the earliest days of our nation. The forebears of our denominational connection, the United Church of Christ, include the Pilgrims, independent thinkers who sought spiritual freedom.

In Eugene, our roots can be traced to Thomas Condon, our church founder. Ordained as a Congregational minister, he was also the first professor of geology at the University of Oregon. Condon saw no conflict between modern science, including the theory of evolution, and biblical faith.

In 1889 he gathered some like minded persons who covenanted together to form First Congregational Church in Eugene, known today as First Congregational United Church of Christ. First Congregational UCC, Eugene, has occupied three buildings. From each of these sites, the church has provided a community and encouragement for people to explore a progressive expression of Christianity.

What's Happening?

  • Suitcase Ministry
    Suitcase Ministry
    Some of you may remember an intern at First Place Family Center, Andrea, who worked with us during a past Interfaith Shelter. For her high school senior project, she gathered used suitcases for the families at...
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  • Talent Show, Dinner, and Silent Auction
    Talent Show, Dinner, and Silent Auction
    Calling One, Calling All! Come to the Water! FCC Youth and the core Tasajera team are combining intergenerational forces to grow opportunities to be together in Christ with our brothers and sisters in Hawai’i and El...
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  • Food Rescue at FOOD for Lane County Feb. 19
    Food Rescue at FOOD for Lane County Feb. 19
    It is our church’s turn to assist with food rescue at FOOD For Lane County (FFLC) on Monday, February 19. We meet at 6 p.m. and repackage food from the U of O, local grocery stores, hospitals, and...
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  • Third Act February 19
    Third Act February 19
    Dr. Doug Carnine is a retired Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Oregon. For the past 40 years, Doug has also been a lay leader in the local Buddhist community. Doug will address the...
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  • Housing Initiative Update: The Work Continues!
    Housing Initiative Update: The Work Continues!
    Last spring we announced our proposal to place two modular homes on FCC property to be able to offer transitional housing to families through a St. Vincent de Paul  program called Connections.  We are still working...
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  • Festival Choir for Lent begins Feb. 21
    Festival Choir for Lent begins Feb. 21
    All interested singers are invited to participate in Festival Choir! This is a great opportunity for those interested in singing who don’t necessarily want to commit to the year long Chancel Choir membership.  First Congregational Church’s...
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  • Exploring FCC class begins Feb. 25
    Exploring FCC class begins Feb. 25
    Have you visited our church and want to know more about us? Please join us for a gathering on Sunday, February 25 at 9 a.m. in the Barber room. This will be a great opportunity to get acquainted...
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  • Photo of Shelter meal prep (Susan B. & Lydia)
    Interfaith Overnight Shelter February 12-26
    Highlighting a Volunteer Need: Night Shift Some people can sleep just about anywhere, under any circumstances. Are you one of these people? We have the job for you! You would be one of two people who...
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  • New Hearing Assisted Devices Now Available!
    New Hearing Assisted Devices Now Available!
    Updated hearing assisted devices are now available for use in the Wheeler Room, Chapel, and Sanctuary. Whether you use an existing hearing device or would simply like the room’s sound amplified for easier hearing, we’ve got...
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