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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?

  • Congregational Preschool is Hiring for 2017/2018!
    Congregational Preschool is Hiring for 2017/2018!
    Congregational Preschool is a play-based, teacher inspired educational environment where children flourish and grow. We are hiring for teachers, extended care staff, and substitutes. Our teacher schedule is 8:00 to 12:30. We are also hiring for extended...
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  • Photo of 3 children with school supplies
    Impact of Homelessness on Children and their Education
    Did you miss the Housing Initiative’s latest forum on Sunday, April 23rd?  A video is now available.  A panel of people working in the field shared their knowledge and heartfelt insight on how homelessness impacts the education...
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  • Sacred Conversations: Climate Change - Our Planet in Peril
    Sacred Conversations: Climate Change – Our Planet in Peril
    In April Sacred Conversations will explore the issue of Climate Change and Global Warming. The warmest years on record for North America consecutively were 2014, 2015, and 2016. The odds of this happening by chance are...
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  • Sharing Our Life Stories
    Sharing Our Life Stories
    Wheeler Room: Adult & Youth Education Everyone has a personal story to tell.  Come and hear some of these stories as members of our congregation step forward to share some of the unique events and experiences that...
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  • Graduating High School Senior Scholarships
    Graduating High School Senior Scholarships
    First Congregational Church Endowment Committee is offering financial assistance to graduating high school seniors through the Elkin/Nelson Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will assist students in furthering their careers for college, vocational training or certification.  Scholarship awards...
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  • Cup of Coffee
    Fellowship Hour Hosts Needed
    All cookies and supplies provided! All you need to do is come to church from 9:00-9:55 a.m. for set-up and then come back to the kitchen after worship service at 11:00 a.m. to help see that...
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Upcoming Events

  • Sacred Conversations: Climate Change
    April 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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  • Forum: Transitional Housing #4
    April 30, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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