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