Unitarian Universalist Church
in Eugene, Oregon
Minister’s Report 3
Board President’s Report 6
Accessibility Committee 9
Archives Committee 10
Service Auction 11
Building Project Oversight Committee (BPOC) 12
Bylaws Task Force 13
Care Committee 14
Centennial Celebration Committee 14
Committee on Congregational Ministry and Safety 15
Coordinating Council 16
Covenant of UU Pagans 18
Endowment Fund Report 18
Facilities Council 19
Financial Oversight Committee / Budget Committee 20
Green Sanctuary Committee Program 21
Kitchen Committee 25
Teddy Salmon Library 25
Membership Committee 26
Men’s Groups 28
Ministerial Search Committee 28
Music Program 29
Neighbor Groups 31
Nominating Committee 32
Non-Violent Communication (NVC) 33
Office Administrator 34
Office Volunteers 35
Personal Reflections 35
Personnel Committee 36
UUCE Poets 37
Religious Education 38
Religious Education Committee 45
Sister Circles 46
Small Group Ministry 46
Social Justice Committee 47
Sound Board 49
Strategic Planning 51
Third Sunday Community Offerings 53
UFO (Unitarilist Fun Organization) 53
Women’s Alliance and Wom’nSpirit 57
Worship Associates 58
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# Minister’s Report
Rev. Stephen A. Landale
It is with pleasure that I reflect on my first year of ministry with this vibrant congregation.
I came to Eugene in August with much excitement and hope, and end this year with a
sense of satisfaction, deep gratitude for your fostering of this healthy community, and
with joyful anticipation of the years ahead.
When, in the search process, I decided that if I had to choose between a strong church
and a warm church, I would choose a strong church. In UUCE, I found a church that is
strong and warm. I am delighted and honored to be your minister!
The Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene is a church in transition. Most obviously,
we are in search of a new property, a new home, best suited to the next chapters in the
church’s life. We are also still transitioning in some ways from pastoral-church
functioning to program-church functioning. Most importantly perhaps, and related to
these first two transitions, a third transition is underway: a shift in emphasis from
community for community’s sake to community in service of larger ideals, a community
in service to the larger community (Eugene-Springfield area, for instance). I see a
growing awareness that we are here not only for our own spiritual needs and those of
our families. We are here to sustain and grow a liberal religious body that is called to
serve and witness to certain values in the larger world, including the worth and dignity of
every person, and the interdependence of all life. We are here not only to enjoy the
benefits of religious freedom, won for us by the sacrifices of others. We are here to use
those freedoms in determined, even disciplined, ways to help bring real freedoms to
The church called me in part for a greater emphasis on social justice, and for energetic
leadership during a time of great transition. Yet most often, my leadership role has been
to ask groups and individuals within the church, “Why are we here? Why did you join
this group? What is the meaningful role of this group in the life of the church, and in your
own life?” Exploring these questions deeply will help us make better decisions for our
future and see them through.
The BPOC (Building Project Oversight Committee) and I worked together to create
“listening groups” following the 11 a.m. service on two Sundays in February, to help the
congregation explore what it wants for the next decades of its life, so that the new
church property may be selected to support this vision.
While I have preached on social issues, such as Equal Marriage Rights and Darfur, I
have not yet led specific local initiatives, or in general led as strongly in this arena as
some might have expected. First, I focused on getting to know the church and assisting
with the property search process. Second, I decided that before we made medium- or
long-term social justice commitments, we needed to clarify our religious grounding for
taking stands. I preached on God language, the importance of organized liberal religion
(for the UUA Association Sunday on October 14), and prayer, offering religiously liberal
perspectives on these subjects. While acknowledging such religious language is not a fit
for many UUs, I explained my use of more traditional language interspersed with more
humanistic and contemporary language (“Spirit of Life,” etc.). I also taught two classes
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on William Ellery Channing, as a means of reconnecting with an important part of our
Working with program staff and lay leaders, I established as a “congregational
curriculum,” the First Principle of Unitarian Universalism, “To affirm and promote the
inherent worth and dignity of every person.” This served as a special focus throughout
the church. The children’s religious education program, led by Director of Religious
Education Candee Cole, lifted up this theme as part of its Peace and Social Justice year.
Committees and groups were asked to incorporate the theme into their work; a few did,
and a community hands quilt project, partly inspired by the theme, is in its early stages. I
preached several sermons related to the theme, including a few on nonviolence as a
means of living this principle. In January, the church hosted a well-attended conference
on NVC (Nonviolent Communication), with two ongoing practice groups following. This
foundational work should help our staying power when we choose social justice priorities
at the Social Justice Empowerment Workshop on November 7-8, with UUA facilitators,
perhaps the most important date on the church calendar for 2008-9.
The congregational curriculum for the 2008-9 year is the Seventh Principle of UUism,
“Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part,” – in
shorthand, “interdependence.” This principle calls us to consider our relationship with
the earth and with other living beings; it also calls us to consider our obligations to other
human beings, to question individual “freedom” when such freedom ignores the effects
of our actions and inactions on others.
In a clarification if not a departure from the past, at my request the Board has made the
minister chief of staff. In my supervision of staff, I have taken first steps to help the
programs of the church support the church’s growing identity as a community in service
of religiously liberal values, rooted in a more clearly-defined UU identity (of which the
First and Seventh principles are core), supported by spiritual practices (such as NVC).
With approximately 400 members, the church is too large to be supported pastorally by
just one minister. We now have a Pastoral Associates program in place, with carefully
selected, trained spiritual listeners visiting members in need, meeting in monthly
supervision meetings, coordinating efforts with a rejuvenated Caring Committee, which
provides rides, meals, and other practical assistance.
The church is also too large for a weekly, open-mic sharing of joys and concerns each
Sunday. On (most) Sundays now, the worship service leader lights candles for concerns
called in ahead of time, followed by an “embracing meditation” period in which candles
are lit as joys, sorrows, and concerns are called out aloud from seats. This ritual seems
to be the perfectly imperfect method of meeting our needs at our current size. Small
group ministries, the choirs, affinity groups (book discussion groups, men’s and women’s
groups, etc.), and to some degree, committees, are providing opportunities for people to
form personal connections. As a program church, more attention can be given to
providing opportunities for people to know and be known in these and other small- and
medium-sized groups. We are also working toward church camp-outs and retreats,
where real intergenerational friendship and bonding may take place.
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As the church grows, there should be more, not fewer, opportunities for community and
intimacy. However, this may not be the case during the Sunday morning worship
services, where the emphasis is shifting to articulation of values, to personal and societal
transformation deriving from spiritual/religious/ethical commitment and practice.
A few other notes from my first year with UUCE, offered in bullet form…
I’ve had a lot of fun with you all!!! There is much, much joyous laughter in
this church, from and with all ages, at the Halloween and other community
events, with the rambunctious newsletter folding team, and even at regular
I am deeply grateful for the installation service. As I write, I am wearing one
of the painted t-shirts given to me by the children’s classes, based on our
Principles and Purposes. This blue shirt reads, “We believe in learning
The leadership throughout the church is smart, strong, good-humored, and
adaptable. We have a real sense of teamwork. I am blessed to be with this
team of lay leaders and our fantastic staff.
I taught three adult religious education classes, one on the Enneagram
personality system for spiritual growth, and two on Channing, considered
the founder of American Unitarianism. Assisted with the foundation of a
new Adult Religious Education Committee, which is putting together
classes for next year. Wonderful!
I have gotten my feet wet with the Eugene interfaith and social justice
community (CALC, for example) and the UU district, PNWD. We hosted a
PNWD meeting here in May. I look forward to increasing, gradually, my
involvement outside of UUCE.
The revitalized Social Justice committee organized a well-attended,
successful panel of local religious leaders discussing the role of social
justice in their communities. I had the honor of moderating this panel at
UUCE, on a Sunday, following the 11 a.m. service and lunch.
One of my goals for the year was to “establish a strong personal life in
Eugene.” I never imagined that by summer, I would be engaged and have
become (in practice, not yet legally) a father as well! This has been a year
of great transition for the church and for me. I look forward to a restful,
reflective summer vacation and study leave time with my new family, and
taking the next steps together with you in August.
Rev. Stephen Landale
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# Board President’s Report
Olga Turner (Immediate Past) President
Introduction: In preparing to write a section of the Annual Report, I reviewed the
previous report. It was a good if not stark reminder of what this church, this
congregation, the staff and volunteers have accomplished and experienced. Some major
initiatives that were begun in previous church years were successfully completed in the
2007-2008 program year; the most significant of course being the search for and calling
of a settled Minister (the Rev. Stephen Landale). Other endeavors that were begun have
yet to come to fruition, chief among them being the selection and purchase of a new
church home. Some projects will be ongoing such as the annual review of our Five Year
Plan, up-dating and revising the Religious Education program to accommodate the
changing demographics of the children and youth, and the expansion and refinement of
our Social Justice program and focus, to name just a few.
In any given program year, the Board of Trustees addresses, sometimes in equal parts,
issues having to do with the present and the future of the church. Sometimes the Board
is also called on to re-visit the past. The 2007-2008 Program year was no exception.
Activities, actions, decisions at UUCE were at full throttle, and much of what the Board
dealt with had to do with ministerial changes; preparing for the arrival of a new settled
Minister and implementing and/or hybridizing suggested changes made by the Interim
Ministers. The past, present and future all rolled into one program year.
Ministerial Transitions: During the four years I was President of the Board of Trustees,
I, we, you, were in the throes of multiple ministerial transitions. Including the year our
previous settled Minister moved, and through a succession of Interim Ministers, this
congregation worked with and had four different Ministers in as many years. And then
during most of June, July and part of August of 2007, we had no ministerial coverage
because we were “between” ministers. It is hugely exciting to state that we are no longer
in a “ministerial” transition.
The Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) did their job with spectacular grace, efficiency
and camaraderie, and after a grueling “candidating week” for the Ministerial candidate
(April 22-29th of 2007) the congregation called The Rev. Stephen Landale to be our
settled Minister at a congregational meeting on April 29th, of 2007. And he accepted.
We have now successfully “transitioned” through the first year of a “new” settled ministry,
and the Board of Trustees as well as other committees, affinity groups, staff members
and congregants have welcomed the Rev. Landale and helped him assimilate into his
new environs. The Board and Minister have established a very positive collaborative
working relationship, the former being primarily responsible for governance and
infrastructure, the latter for Worship, Pastoral and Program oversight.
Accomplishments: What has been true for years is that we have outgrown our current
church building. This was never more obvious than in the past year when there were
many Sunday services that were standing room only. Another significant
accomplishment of the 2007-2008 program year included the adoption of a Board-
endorsed resolution, recommended by the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC), that the
congregation search for another church site.
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The resolution reads:
“The Congregation of UUCE resolves to vigorously pursue finding and obtaining a new
location for our physical Church in accord with our principles.”
To that end, the Building Project Oversight Committee (BPOC) and its working groups
began the challenging and daunting work of finding a more suitable property where we
can better live our mission and vision in the larger community. The research and search
were exhaustive and comprehensive and the process was remarkably holistic including
“listening groups” and town hall meetings to engage and inform the congregation, and
monthly up-dates with the Board. The work of the Board is in part to support the work of
the BPOC, the SPC and the other committees and groups doing the work of the church.
We got as far as to making an offer on a property. Though the process stalled, the
BPOC and the working groups are undeterred and continue their mission, entrusted with
the challenging, delicate, arduous and exciting task of identifying a new church home
that the congregation can be presented with for a vote.
Of equal significance was the adoption of the most current version of the Five Year Plan
assembled by the Strategic Planning Committee, again identifying the present and future
program and staffing needs of the congregation and staff. The Five Year Plan is about
the practicalities and realities of accommodation and expansion. It is as much about the
present as it is about the future and how to get there. It assesses the needs of this
church community that we might better join hands and hearts in our individual and
shared journeys within and beyond the confines of our church doors. This is true too for
the Social Justice Committee in its work to make real our collective desire to be more
involved with and in the larger community. It’s important to note that the SPC is so
named because it is crucial that as an organization, a church community, and a spiritual
home, we be strategic in our decision-making, and in our resource allocation. Our
resources include our time, our talents and our financial treasures.
We, the congregation approved the largest Operating Budget in our history for the 2008-
2009 Fiscal Year. This is significant and meaningful for a variety of reasons. It means
that we are giving more as a congregation to support the work of our church. It means
that we continue to honor our congregational commitment to Fair Compensation for our
staff. In fact we were able to increase the salaries, and in some cases the hours, of our
paid staff and we hired a bookkeeper in August of 2007, which had been dreamed of
and needed for a number of years. It means that our pledging and gifting have increased
and in fact we broke the $ 300,000 pledge mark. This bodes well for sustainability
generally and for a successful Capital Campaign specifically. Building on our past efforts
will make our future stronger. Our generosity also extended beyond our church doors:
As a congregation we gave away thousands of dollars to groups in our community
through the Community Offering Program. Munificence abounds.
Highlights: The installation of the Rev. Landale in January of 2008 was certainly a
highlight as was his having been welcomed into the “Ministerial fold,” within the interfaith
community. The installation happened to have fallen on a day when we got snow on the
valley floor. Though the numbers of attendees at the service were down because of it,
those who were there were treated to a beautiful and memorable service. The Reverend
was gifted with hand-made t-shirts from the children in R.E., a hand-quilted stole from a
congregant and a “commissioned” pulpit from the congregation. There were many
visiting Clergy, some of whom delivered moving messages from the pulpit, and our own
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Minister Emerita Carolyn Colbert participated in the Installation and had a chance to re-
connect with some congregants. It was a thrill to have her back among us, even if briefly.
As part and parcel of integrating a “new” settled Minister into congregational life, the
Pacific Northwest District provided a facilitator and the means for a day-long covenanting
workshop with lay leadership and the Minister. It afforded the opportunity to talk about
and better define the roles and responsibilities of the Minister and that of the lay
leadership. It was a highlight because there was accord between the participants, where
everyone shared similar thoughts about their respective functions and lines of
accountability. In other words we were all on the same page about our goals and roles
which was enormously re-assuring.
In May of 2008 the UUCE hosted the Pacific Northwest District Board of Trustees Board
meeting. The same weekend we also hosted the Spring Leadership Council training and
had hundreds of folks here from all over the district learning about and discussing all
things having to do with governance.
On a grand scale, a highlight for at least 50 UUCE congregants was attending General
Assembly in Portland in June of 2007. There were thousands of Unitarian Universalists
from all over the country and abroad and it was energizing, stimulating, provocative and
informative: a true learning experience with many of the lessons being brought home to
our own church community.
Governance and Infrastructure: Governance itself, like Unitarian Universalism, is a
living tradition. Some tools and techniques and governing models are tried and true.
The strategies are effective and static. Others are adaptable and malleable and need to
change to accommodate changing needs. This is true for our By-laws, Board Policies
and in some cases committee structures and committee charges. For instance, what
was the Finance Audit and Budget Committee (FAB) became two separate and distinct
committees. the Financial Oversight Committee (FOC) and the Budget Committee.
The FOC revised the policy having to do with the use of church credit cards, and the
Facilities Council revised the policy having to do with the use of church equipment. A By-
Laws Task Force has been impaneled to systematically review and re-write our By-laws
as needed. It is a massive undertaking and will take months. Every By-law change will
be voted on by the congregational membership.
Both a highlight and an infrastructure issue was the formation of an Accessibilities
Committee. Its members have worked to infuse and imbue all church work with a greater
understanding and sensitivity to and about all things having to do with accessibility. The
committee offers practical advice and instruction on and about making our church and
the larger world more accessible, more welcoming, and more inclusive. The same can
absolutely be said of the Social Justice and Green Sanctuary Committees as well as that
of Interweave. After all, accessibility and a “greener” community are social justice issues.
So too are rights of the lesbian, queer, bisexual and transgendered among us. The work
of all the Committees, whether mentioned specifically or not, provides an important
philosophical and spiritual underpinning to our church work, and to our “bigger” lives.
Conclusion: Yes, another watershed year at and for UUCE. The watchwords I used in
the previous Annual Report to describe the program years from 2004-2006 were
“change, growth and continuity.” Even now they accurately describe the 2007-2008
church year but to them I would add, “completion” and “munificence.” Completion
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because the search for a settled Minister is complete. And munificence because so
many hundreds of people are, have been and will continue to be generous in spirit and
vision; generous with their time and skills and generous too with their financial
There are many “next steps” involved in where we want to go and who we want to be as
a church community and I am confident that we will get there, practically and
metaphorically. I am confident too that we will turn to experts and consultants external to
ourselves when our own internal capacities are stretched or maxed out. It has often
been suggested that we “need to work on increasing the spiritual nature of
volunteerism.” To that end, and in the inspirational words of the Rev. Margaret Keip, all
steps we take will be “toward an envisioned future.”
Respectfully submitted by Olga Turner
President Board of Trustees, UUCE (2004-2008)
# Accessibility Committee
Members: Leslie Gilbert , David Gilmartin (co-chair), d. maria, Jeanne Marie Moore,
Mary Otten (co-chair), Cindy Pitcairn (scribe), Ken Ross (Facilities Council liaison)
• Being a resource concerning accessibility needs and policies for UUCE groups;
• Networking and support among people with disabilities in UUCE;
• Increasing awareness of accessibility needs within the church congregation through
• Being a liaison with other accessibility groups locally and within the UUA.
• Improving accessibility of church facilities;
• Improving accessibility of church meetings, events, and activities;
• Providing behavioral guidance through educational efforts.
• Creation of committee: Approved by Board in December 2007;
• Facility improvements suggested to, and effected by, our Facilities Council:
1. Lighting installed for walkway to lower level and walkway edges delineated with
paint visible at night;
2. Door handles placed on inside of sanctuary doors;
3. Doors to restroom widened and grab bars and toilet paper dispensers
4. Creation of a drop-off and pick-up zone by the front sidewalk;
5. Increased use of sound system at congregational and committee meetings;
• Additional Braille hymnal recommended to, and provided by, the Music Committee;
• Coordination of rides for Celebration Sunday at LCC;
• Establishment of an open ListServ for Accessibility Committee communications and
accessibility topics of conversation;
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• Monthly publication of Accessibility Tips in UUCE newsletter and on UUpDate;
• Detailed accessibility survey and accessibility guidelines for events provided;
• On-site meeting with RideSource official to facilitate pick-up of church member;
• Designed and presented “Taboo Night” (using accessibility and disability terminology)
at all-church potluck.
• Recruiting new members;
• Changing the locations and ways UUCE activities occur so that accessibility is
• Join EqUUal Access (a new UU national organization) as a local affiliate;
• Request to Board that UUCE join the “Accessible Congregation” program of the
National Organization on Disability;
• Repeat “Game Night” activities (“Taboo”) at a third-Friday potluck next year;
• Some kind of accessibility awareness program;
• Encourage feedback from church members and friends on their accessibility needs
through invitations to join conversation at our monthly committee meetings;
• Meet with church committees for discussions about accessibility.
New Officers for 2008-2009: Leslie Gilbert (chairperson), Mary Otten (recording
secretary), Cindy Pitcairn (corresponding secretary)
# Archives Committee
Our charge is to collect and preserve documents regarding church history. To this end,
we have monthly meetings to gather, evaluate, and sort new material and to organize
existing materials. This work continues to be a major effort on our part.
In the summer of 2006 we developed a much needed comprehensive inventory of our
holdings. We also decided to reorganize the archive based on type of record, rather
than date of record, as was previously done. (This was done after discussion with
Interim Minister Jeanne Mills, who has training and experience as an archivist.) Another
problem was addressed in 2007, when we were able to expand our storage area behind
the kitchen, adding 2 additional file cabinets – a huge and much needed increase in
protected storage. (Much thanks to Candee, RE, and the Facilities team.) Some of our
primary materials have been moved from the office storage room to our new storage
area. We also received substantial new material from the Women and Religion
Committee that had been stored by Eve McConnaughey; material from the 1980's saved
by Barbara Greenley; and additional audio tapes of sermons back into the early 1990's.
(The tapes are stored off-site at John Clay's house.)
Our charge includes writing the history of the church. We are working on a history to
publish in connection with the Centennial Celebration. Much work has been done, but it
is not complete and we are working to meet the 100-year deadline. One of the fruits of
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this work was a sermon by Gil Osgood giving an overview of the Universalist presence
in this area before the founding of this Unitarian church. Bob Taylor has faithfully
provided history columns for the monthly newsletter.
The committee also works with and supports other committees and members of the
congregation. We have coordinated and supported the work of the Centennial
Celebration Committee. Gil Osgood gave a presentation about the early days of the
church as part of their Ice Cream Social and Brainstorming session. Also, we are all very
pleased with the front entry display of UUCE ministers through the years. We don't have
pictures for some ministers. However, this is a great beginning and we give thanks to
George Koris for this.
Other outreach and support activities include providing material for Rev. Landale's use in
his Transitions sermon and working with the Coming of Age program – we opened our
files and discussed the church history with Coming of Age youth. One of our biggest
projects was organizing and coordinating a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of
Eve McConnaughey's house; this house is important in our history because it is also the
house of Dugald and Nannie Campbell, two founding members who were very
important to the early success of the church. The open-house celebration was well
attended by church members as well as members of the community and Eve’s family.
Most pressing issues facing this committee include completion and publication of the
100-year history, updating the archives inventory, further organization and sorting of
materials, and improved guidelines/procedures/processes for retention of documents.
We also hope to address retention of electronic documents and how to handle digital
Our current members are Eve McConnaughey, Kathy Dillon, Jack Stevens, Gil Osgood,
Barbara Greenley, Martha Snyder, Bob Taylor, and John Clay (chair). Ken Ross was an
active and contributing member until he left to work on the search committee and then
the Facilities council; he’s missed. Also active or contributing during the past two years
have been Bob Kaeser and Bob Coleman. A special mention should be made of George
Towe. He was an active and valued member of the committee until shortly before his
death in 2007. George was responsible for much of the Oral History work and the
program has faltered since his death. He is missed.
# Service Auction 2008
The UUCE Live and Silent Auction was held this year at the Westminster Presbyterian
Church to provide better accessibility and space for the Silent Auction. The area was
still crowded by the very nature of the Auction, but seemed to satisfy most of our needs.
The Auction was broken into small “work groups” to encourage many people to be
involved. We had about 100 people signed up to help with a variety of tasks, and this
number included those who volunteered that evening.
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A Small Ministry Group also volunteered to help and were of immeasurable assistance.
We had superb help for the computer portion of the event, which helped to make the
entire process work more easily.
The Boutique was established to take in last minute donations which allowed for items
not in the catalog, and not in the computer base. It was established also to provide
inexpensive items for those on a limited budget. It had mixed success with a total
intake of $701.25. Raffles brought in $107. This is the amount after the 1/2 and 1/2
split for the “Pot of Gold.” The wine and soft drinks brought in $265 and were completely
donated. Silent and Live Auction totaled $10,665.50. The cost to rent the church facility
The grand total for the evening was $11,739.60. Many items were sold and monies
collected after the Auction, which brought the total up to $11,894. There may be an
additional donation for wine sold. Also, other things that did not sell, are still being sold,
so we are still hoping to hit the $12,000 mark.
It is suggested that if other fund raisers are tried, or the auction held again, that more
help is needed to raise the awareness of the congregation as a whole. The turnout for
the evening was about 1/4th of the congregation.
The “after glow” of the Live Auction will continue for the remainder of the year as small
groups are gathered to enjoy social events donated by our inventive and talented
It is impossible to mention all those who helped put on this event, but they were very
generous with their time and talent.
Sheila Cook and Sue Craig, co-chairs
# Building Project Oversight Committee
In May 2007, after much preliminary research, the members of UUCE voted
overwhelmingly to search and plan for a new church site (either an existing building or a
totally new site where we can build). During the following summer the Building Project
Oversight Committee (BPOC) was formed and charged with this task. The BPOC effort
included five working groups to accomplish this task: Property Search; Shared Values;
Communications and Public Relations; Finance; and Capital Campaign. During the fall,
the BPOC and Board agreed that the BPOC should be a committee directly accountable
to the congregation, and with a close working relationship with the Board of Trustees.
The decision was made for the BPOC to have 6 members elected by the congregation,
each serving two year terms.
While the Property Search Working Group went to work on finding property options
(solicitation to local churches, walking neighborhoods, working with a broker), the
Shared Values Working Group developed several ways to engage the congregation in
conversation about our next church home. The BPOC sponsored a Town Hall in
November to kick off the process, and then worked with Rev. Steve in February to host a
series of Listening Groups to share in small groups what our hopes, dreams, and fears
were about the transition to a new space. The results of the discussions were
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summarized, and the themes served as a basis for the Shared Values Working Group to
present a list of values and some hypothetical property scenarios for discussion at a
Town Hall meeting in March 2008.
By April, the BPOC had identified a property as a first choice and, with the concurrence
of the Board our real estate negotiating team, began negotiations with another party in
the local area, hoping to be able to present a recommendation to the congregation
before the end of June. It became apparent that this process would not move along
quickly, if at all. We were, in fact, at an impasse and would have to consider other
properties over the course of the summer.
In May 2008, the following announcement was shared with the congregation: Since
we're now unable to announce a new site, we have no choice but to counsel patience.
We know that all UUCErs are disappointed, but we also know that you understand just
how important it is that we protect your best interests. Meanwhile, our congregational
transition process will continue over the summer. We UUs are well known for our fierce
independent thought in matters theological. Even so, we're entirely confident in claiming
that our faith runs deep---in the matter of real estate! Your church will persevere, we will
prosper, and eventually we will prevail.
Members of 2007-08 BPOC were Karen Gaffney, George Carroll, David DeCou, Linda
Anson, Patti Hansen, and Erik Fisher.
# Bylaws Task Force
The 2008 Bylaws Task Force was established to review the bylaws and recommend
changes. Three areas of special concern were identified: (1) improving and clarifying
the provisions concerning membership; (2) harmonizing the bylaws with the formal
UUCE policies; and (3) updating the bylaws to ensure that they comply with applicable
state and federal laws and IRS regulations. The work on the membership provisions is
intended to provide a more easily-implemented definition of who is a voting member and
who is a nonvoting member, and also to give further direction and clarity to the
requirements and process of becoming a member, and to the requirements and process
of removing members.
The Task Force will bring its recommendations to the Board of Trustees for its review
and approval, and then the recommended revisions will be communicated to the
congregation. Town hall meetings will be scheduled and other options will be provided
to give everyone an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the recommended
revisions. Finally, the proposed revisions will be voted on by the church's voting
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# Care Committee
The revitalization of the Care Committee was begun in the spring of 2007. Reverend
Landale helped to guide the meetings and process, and this is a synopsis of the current
Care Committee spring 2008.
The Steering committee consisted of Sue Craig, chair; Jean Coberly, scribe; and Bob
Coleman, vice-chair. We were assisted by past Care person Kathy Dillon and by Norma
Landy who was interested in the development from the perspective of the planned
Pastoral Associates group.
Our members were Carol Armstrong, Laura Stevenson, Kylia Bussey, Laura Lawver,
Shelley Zavat, Betts Silver, Eve McConnaughey, Phyllis Kesner, Barbara Davis, Martha
Osgood, and Sue Craig.
# Centennial Celebration Committee
In June 2007 a small group of UUCE members came together to explore ideas to
create a memorable Centennial Celebration in 2009. After a brainstorming session with
church members at an “Ice Cream Social” in January 2008, and inquiries to other
Unitarian churches via telecommunication, many key components for our celebration
were identified. A list of possible activities was compiled and included:
• A pageant with a story line for the “Birth of the UU Church”.
• A LOGO contest for the Centennial Celebration.
• An Interview Documentary of prominent and long standing members of the
• “Fashion through the Years Show.”
• A music concert, “Chorale.”
• ”A Unitarian Minute;“ historical facts, researched by the Archive Committee, will
be presented on a regular basis throughout the year.
• “Greatest Hit Sermons.”
• ”Grand Celebration” in September 2009, 100 years after the first Service held in
September 1909. This should be an all-congregation event including a formal and
• Commemorative Coffee Mugs.
• Invitations of former UUCE VIPs.
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The committee considered the importance of involving each church group and
specialty area in the Celebration and will continue to encourage participation of all. A
timeline to include all the events throughout 2009 is being developed. Candee Cole,
from Religious Education, will help produce the pageant. Chris Nunes, from the Young
Adults, will produce the video Interviews, The Women’s Alliance will be approached for
the Fashion Show. Minister Steve Landale will work on sermons with the Worship
Associates. The LOGO Contest has been coordinated by Sandi Mann. The Centennial
Celebration Committee needs to work more toward involving the Interweave Group, the
Social Justice Committee and perhaps more with the Young Adults, too. George Koris
volunteered to lead another special group to coordinate the “Grand Celebration” in
Committee Members are Joy Hainsworth (chairperson), Barb Prentice (treasurer),
Jeanette Ruel Turvey (secretary). John Clay, George Koris, Sandi Mann, Chris Nunes,
Ken Ross, and Douglas Turvey
Jeanette Ruel Turvey, committee secretary
# Committee on Congregational Ministry & Safety (CCMS)
Members: 2007-08 Jeff Wright (Chair), Laura Adams, Dick Loescher, Sandy
Moses, Suzanne Reynolds, Bonnie Romane; 2006-07 Jeff Wright (Chair), Laura
Adams, Sally DeCou, Sandy Moses, Dennis Reynolds, Jack Stevens
This committee has continued to meet regularly with the Interim Ministers Jeanne
Mills, Margaret Keip and Cecilia Kingman-Miller (2006-2007) and with Settled
Minister Steve Landale (2007-2008). Overall, we have noticed an increased
awareness in the church of the CCMS, and have seen much growth in the
congregation’s efforts and ability to live in “right relations” with one another.
In the last two years the CCMS:
* Did extensive review of how the committee might best be structured, with roles
and duties clearly defined. We reviewed the structure of similar committees at
UU churches across the country. We looked at such areas as definitions,
congregational covenant of right relations, committee charter/purpose and
roles/responsibilities, committee membership (composition, selection process,
etc.) and church relationships (with minister, board, members, staff, etc.).
* We placed special emphasis on promoting the concept of right relations, with
plans to sponsor a workshop on this topic in the 2008-09 church year. We
regularly reminded the congregation about this concept via newsletter articles,
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detailing, for example, the covenant that members of our committee had made
with one another.
* We invested considerable time in attempting to address conflict within the
church (person to person, person to group, or group to group) in a pro-active and
compassionate way. We came to call these conflict challenges "kerfluffles." We
reached a point where many in the congregation appeared to know that our
committee was a ready and appropriate resource when such conflicts arose.
Many also seemed aware of some of the basic "right relations" concepts (if in
conflict with another go to the source first, etc.).
* We solicited congregational feedback on Rev. Landale’s early ministry and
"how we are doing" as a church community in which all of us contribute to
* We reviewed relevant documents and made a recommendation to the Board of
Trustees relating to Rev. Landale’s salary for the 2008-09 church year.
* We solicited membership for an Installation Committee, which performed
superbly in planning Rev. Landale’s installation service in January 2008.
* We welcomed three new members, Dick Loescher, Suzanne Reynolds and
Bonnie Romane, and bid adieu to members Jack Stevens, Dennis Reynolds and
Sally DeCou. We agreed upon a tentative schedule for term rotations, assuring a
constant mix of new and established members. We worked in tandem with the
Interim Ministers and with the Settled Minister.
* We laughed a lot.
# Coordinating Council
During the 2006-2007 church year, despite many changes, the Coordinating Council
began the process of defining its role as “coordinators.” The communication and update
among (certain) committee chairs and representatives became much better established
as a standard part of monthly Council meetings. Several long-festering issues – such as
bulletin board use and placement, non-use of sanctuary walls for “advertising “ of any
kind, re-location of the committee “boxes” in the lavatory hall, and addition of an outside
bulletin board for current activities – were dealt with cooperatively and collaboratively.
An interim board policy was established to ask committee heads to serve for only one
year, with a chair-emeritus and a chair-elect for each group. This policy’s aim was to
increase opportunities for newer and/or less-involved church members to rise to
leadership positions. Although this change was not universal, there were as a result
several productive changes of committee leadership and direction.
A “committee fair” was held mid-year, during and after Sunday service, to publicize
committee work and to attract new members. While the fair evoked a lot of creativity in
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many cases, and was enthusiastically received by much of the congregation, many of
whom learned a lot about the inner workings of our many committees and groups, new
committee sign-ups had mixed results.
The Council served also, during that difficult year, as a forum for our interim ministers
and church leadership to emphasize the positive aspects and opportunities of church
growth and change.
In the 2007-8 church year, Ken Ross returned as scribe and communicator. “Check-In”
and coordination among committees was continued at each meeting. As is a recurrent
phenomena, keeping these reports concise and relevant was an ongoing effort.
Nonetheless, the Council meetings have been well-attended, and are welcomed by
many as a chance to learn early on about committee activities and plans.
The Manual for Committee Chairs was reviewed and updated.
In an attempt to streamline committee operations and communications, the concept of
committee “Clusters,” (related groups with commonality and opportunities for closer
coordination,) was explored in some detail. A list of possible groupings was created and
refined (and refined). The Worship/Sunday Services cluster was approved, and a “social
justice” cluster is the process of being created. Other clusters still await trial.
The yearly budget and the budget process were communicated well to the entire council,
and committee submission of budgets was eased and systematized through this forum.
An attempt was made to create (compile) a guide for “how to make an event happen at
UUCE.” This project has not been completed, but is ongoing. Many Council members
participated in a leadership development seminar on Church governance that was held
at the PNWD quarterly educational meeting in Eugene in the spring.
The need for many groups to have access to a compendium of members’ volunteer
interests was recognized repeatedly. Such a listing/ set of surveys could serve for
committee recruitment and to keep members involved in church leadership and
activities, and to encourage a sense of belonging and “ownership.” Such a compilation
would be a productive activity for the next church year.
The issue of the “official” composition of the Coordinating Council remains outstanding.
For the Coordinating Council to have decision-making authority on larger or significantly
resource-requiring/financial issues will require more definition regarding who serves as
members, and what the Council is authorized to decide. At present, all committees and
groups are invited to send a chair or representative to monthly meetings, but not all
groups do so, or consistently. Issues regarding “Program” (defined as activities of
committees ), timing and coordination, and recruitment of volunteers and participants
were dealt with pretty well.
Sarah Hendrickson, Board Vice President
Ken Ross, Council secretary
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# CUUPs – Covenant of UU Pagans
CUUPs held a Wiccan-style Sunday Worship Service June 24, 2007, “Connecting to the
Sixth Source of Unitarian Universalism,” which honored the Summer Solstice and the
Full Moon. A Full Moon ritual was held June 29, 2007. For a full report on the group’s
activities, see http://www.uueugene.org/CUUPs/PrevRituals.html.
Over the next several months we held several Full Moon Rituals at the Church. Samhain
was held as part of the church Halloween Party. In November a group of us started a
series of 5 Dark Moon rituals. The purpose was to explore our shadow selves. We did a
ritual around the descent of Innana, we spent two rituals exploring our social masks, one
ritual was specifically about our group, then we explored the dark side of the masculine.
On Winter Solstice we helped with a winter holiday in conjunction with the larger UU
church. In January, we decided to exercise the "Pastafarian" 30-day god back guarantee
and celebrated the "Flying Spaghetti Monster," the newest and only carbohydrate-
based god form.
In March 2008, John called a business meeting where he resigned as chairman. We
elected a slate of officers and began reformulating how our group was constructed.
Cameron Underwood is our new chair, Grace Hart treasurer, Sondra secretary, Elan
events coordinator, Ashley Rose is in charge of music and child care.
We are now holding weekly class/discussion groups and monthly meetings as well as
our monthly Full Moons. In May, we held a day-long Beltain Festival at Jasper Park;
about 50 people attended. We are in the process of creating a Summer Solstice ritual for
the entire church community.
# Endowment Fund Report
After consultation with the UUCE Board, this year (January 1, 2007 through December
31, 2007) the Endowment Fund Trustees decided to transfer funds to the General
Investment Fund of the UUA (UUA GIF). Securities were marketed and $46,000.00
cash was transferred on June 21, 2007.
In the last year, our Endowment Fund accounts received gifts of $17,236.02, earned
interest of $2,553.02, dividends of $554.07, and the Campbell fund earned $157.02.
There was a market change of plus $1,676.45 and a bank charge of $25.00.
Our beginning balance in Schwab was $69,606.86. Ending balance in Schwab was
$29,423.25 and ending balance in UUA GIF was $62,335.21 for a total of $91,758.46.
The objective of the Endowment Fund is to provide for long-term health and survival of
the congregation. Its assets are held in a balanced, diversified portfolio of conservative
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investment accounts at Charles Schwab and the more socially conscious and green
friendly investments in the Unitarian Universalist Association General Investment Fund.
Our goal is capital preservation and income. Current Trustees are Monica Frank, Martin
Sage, and Ruth Nelson.
# Facilities Council
Members: Kylia Bussey, David DeCou, Ann Fuller, Doug Hintz, Bob Kaeser, Jim
Kayser, George Koris, Ken Ross, Jack Stevens, Glen Treiber, Chuck Wagar, Ed Zack.
Glenn Greening served as RE liaison during 2007.
Our major successes include the following: a bench made from the old church sign (Ed
Zack), shelves in the Kitchen Store Room (Glen Treiber), a system of hooks for hanging
visual art in the Sanctuary (George Koris), accessible thresholds to rooms 2 and 5 (Ed
Zack), new flooring in rooms 6, 2, and two lavatories (Ed Zack, Chuck Wagar), four new
toilets installed (Bob Kaeser, George Koris), new playground gate (Ed Zack), beam
replacement underneath Social Hall porch (professional), bookshelves and carpeted
walls in library (Jim Kayser), new walkway through playground (professional), new
additional bulletin boards and track lighting (Ann Fuller, Ken Ross, George Koris, Bob
Kaeser, Kylia Bussey), repair of Hobart dishwasher motor (Bob Kaeser, Ed Zack),
lockable cupboard for coffee supplies (George Koris), removal of old fan and installation
of new fan in Library (George Koris), and dismantling and disposal of a chain and wood
bridge playground feature (Doug Hintz, George Koris). Many other projects (Chuck
Because of the new Accessibility Committee, the Council has been more aware of and
responsive to accessibility needs. In addition to the new walkway through the
playground, there’s painted lines on the walkway (Kylia Bussey, Ken Ross) and new
lighting by the playground gate (Ed Zack). Two of the new toilets are ADA compliant,
the grab bars and toilet paper dispensers were moved in both upstairs lavatories, and
recessed hinges were installed in one upstairs lavatory (Bob Kaeser, George Koris).
Handles, which are attractive, have been attached to the insides of the sanctuary doors
(George Koris). More parking area has been designated for handicapped only and
there’s new signage indicating where there should be no parking.
Our main challenge is to place the need for maintenance and repair within the context of
the plan to leave the building. With this fact in mind, the FC decided that safety is the
primary determinant in our expenditure of money and labor. The challenge to keep
debris and material from being left outside, both on the ground and on porches,
continues as does the need to assess storage space to assure its most efficient use.
Ann Fuller, FC Communications Coordinator, until May 2007
Ken Ross, FC Communications Coordinator, from June 2007
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# Financial Oversight Committee and Budget Committee
The new Financial Oversight Committee and Budget Committee have been developed
after several different committee organizations over the last two years. At the end of the
2005-2006 fiscal year the existing committee was the Finance Committee with a
separate Budget Committee which was a sub-committee of Finance.
At the beginning of the 2006-2007 fiscal year, a new committee was structured as the
Finance Audit and Budget Committee (FAB). The FAB Committee consisted of Patti
Hansen (chair), Anne Taylor (secretary), John Wagner (outgoing chair), Marta Powers
(Board treasurer), Suzanne Whaley (Pledge Secretary), Jean Weick, and d. maria.
During the 2006-2007 fiscal year cycle, the FAB introduced some the concepts of a
Program Budget process, doing a one-hour training at the Coordinating Council meeting
for all committee representatives on how to create a budget for their group and present it
to the FAB committee, including calculating their share of church resources they would
need for the coming year.
This committee also began having additional work-oriented meetings identifying policies
needed for the mid-size church we were becoming and the accompanying procedures
necessary for carrying out these policies. In order to have reasonable and prudent care
of our cash resources, a procedure for double custody of Sunday morning offerings and
cash deposit on-the-spot was written and taught to the committee and other selected
volunteers to help with this process.
By the end of the 2006-2007 fiscal year, the FAB Committee had suffered several
resignations. A task force was organized to recruit and recreate our important financial
advisory committee. The beginning of 2007-2008 brought the development of two
committees; the Financial Oversight Committee (FOC) and the Budget Committee. The
decision to separate the committees was based on the unique talents required for the
Current FOC Committee members are Marta Powers (acting chair), Jean Coberly
(incoming treasurer), Linda Schulz, Ed Gerdes and Lori Maddox. The committee will
continue to recruit new members.
The FOC Committee is beginning work on reviewing current financial policies and
creating a comprehensive set of financial policies appropriate for our growing church.
We clearly have outgrown policies and procedures developed for a small community
church. The FOC will also be assisting on Capital Campaign fiscal oversight.
The current year Budget Committee members were Doug Barab and Elizabeth Weber
(co-chairs), John Wagner (outgoing chair), Marta Powers (outgoing treasurer), Olga
Turner (outgoing Board president), and Mary Brau (personnel). At any given time, we
also have valuable input from Steve Landale (minister) and other staff and church
committee members. This year’s process was enhanced by the more active
participation of all those who provided input and attended meetings.
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The Budget Committee was able to build on the excellent foundation provided by FAB in
the prior year to continue to support a more inclusive and transparent budget process.
Our church budget has gone from a total budget of approximately $300,000 in the 2006-
2007 fiscal year to a budget of $400,000 for the coming 2008-2009 fiscal year.
Looking forward, the financial committees of the church are working towards more
collaboration and communication. To this end, this coming year should involve several
joint meetings with Budget, Stewardship, and Capital Campaign Committees.
Communication between these groups should create more accurate and timely financial
projections and information.
Marta Powers, Board treasurer
# Green Sanctuary (GS) Program
The Green Sanctuary Program has had a full and busy year. Co-chairs of the Executive
Committee have been as follows: Amy Raven stepped up November 07 as Eldon
Haines completed almost 2 year; Judy Sawyer stepped up in May 08 as Erik Fisher
completed 2 1/2 years. Lorna Baldwin served as secretary through May 08; Sharon
Gaglia is now Secretary. The first treasurer is Audrey Maslin. Our ombudsman, Chuck
Wagar, has continued to do whatever needs doing.
The First Principle was the church theme for this year, so there were fewer sermons on
green themes than in the previous two years. December 16, 2007 featured the Holiday
Pageant dramatizing the Great Story of the formation of the cosmos, earth and life.
Earth Day (April 20, 2008) included a sermon by Rev. Landale on this Great Story of
creation and life as a miracle for reverence and stewardship.
The GS program made education a primary effort this past year. This included "Tabling"
in Fall 07 and March-April 08 for awareness of GS projects and events; three "Green
Tips" in the weekly UUpdate and Monthly Newsletter; Michael Dowd's "Thank God for
Evolution" workshop had GS assistance; Half-Day Workshop on 4/5/08 led by Kate
Gessert . "Reconnecting with Each Other and the Earth" was sponsored by GS. Also,
GS & Children's RE coordinated on a “No Electricity Day” at church on Earth Day and
"Skateboard and Bike Day" 6/8, an awareness exercise of encouraging members to use
alternative transportation to church or carpool as much as possible.
Movie Program included showings followed by discussion: 11/07 Green is the New
Red, White and Blue; 1/08 Who Killed the Electric Car (with Mark Murphy, inventor of
the Gizmo and BugE); The Story of Stuff; 2/08 The End of Suburbia; The Story of Stuff
(back by popular demand); 3/08 The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak
Oil; 4/08 What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire; 5/08 Affluenza; 6/08 Thirst.
Action projects are described below.
Church Conservation --
Successful continuation of kitchen principles introduced in the previous year in which
paper products are minimally used, if at all, in lieu of ceramics and regular utensils;
continued recycling and composting in the kitchen area, reduction of sanctuary
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temperature by two degrees and other electricity-saving efforts such that, even though
membership rose as much as a fifth over 2007, electricity usage between 1/15/07-
1/14/08 rose by only 3.5% (from 54,560 to 56,480 KWH); reduction in water usage
through purchase of a new toilet and continuation of other conservation efforts. From
1/15/06 -1/14/07 compared to 1/15/07-1/20/08, water usage was reduced 19% from
79,000 gallons to 64,000 gallons, the lowest usage since record comparisons began in
2002 (which showed a staggering 98,400 gallons for 2001).
Green Landscaping --
On 4/19/08, as part of the Earth Day observations, we volunteered in our Fourth Annual
Stream Team at the native plant garden at Alton Baked Park. In snow, sleet and rain,
approximately 12 folks turned out. In May 2008, an infestation of wasps was handled
without the use of pesticides.
Food for Thought and Action --
GS helped sponsor "That's my Farmer" on 4/8/08, promoting local organic markets and
Community Supported Agriculture operations (CSAs) for the entire community and
especially its less privileged members.
Global Warming --
In fall 07 we continued the effort from summer 07 of promoting the Eugene Mayor's
Climate Challenge, in which folks inventory their energy use/carbon footprints and
commit to specific steps to reduce them. In winter, we publicized and promoted
members receiving free Climate Consultations from Climate Masters, individuals who
received 30 hours of training in this from Eugene's Climate Leadership Initiative.
Green Building --
This was another area of prominence for the GS program this past year. Several
members of the GS Committee served on the committees and working groups seeking a
new site for our growing congregation, helping to ensure that environmental values were
integrated into the weave of UU principles guiding the process. It turned out that various
occasions for congregational input demonstrated strong support for a central location
with minimized Vehicle Miles Traveled, as well as strong support for green construction,
whether that was involving a new building or renovation of an existing building.
Environmental Justice --
The Endowment Fund's investments were directed into Socially and Environmentally
Responsible investments in the previous fiscal year, and this continued. The
Microfinance project moved ahead with establishment of an alliance with Centro Latino
for providing micro-loans to members of Huertas de las Familias for the development of
gardens for domestic use.
Looking Ahead --
In April 2008, in anticipation of a flurry of congregational meetings, town hall meetings,
etc, The Board deemed that there was not sufficient opportunity for a congregational
meeting devoted to authorizing UUCE to request formal accreditation as a Green
Sanctuary with the UU Ministry for Earth. In May, 2008, the GS Committee met with
Reverend Landale to anticipate the church theme for the 2008-9 Year as a Seventh
Principle Year. This will entail ramped-up GS Program activity, and a congregational
vote for formal credentialing will fold naturally into this theme. Also, in May 2008, initial
meetings began between the Green Sanctuary Committee and SJUUCE (social justice
committee) to form a "cluster" with other service-focused church groups to coordinate
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and integrate efforts. SJUUCE had already gone in with GS in sponsoring "That's my
Farmer" in April. Possible future joint efforts might continue along the lines of Ethical
# Interweave at UUCE
Interweave is a membership organization affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist
Association. UUCE Interweave is the only chapter of Weave in the state of Oregon.
It is dedicated to the spiritual, political and social well-being of Unitarian Universalists
who are lesbians, gay men, bisexual persons, transgender persons and heterosexual
allies. It celebrates the culture and lives of its members. Interweave membership is open
to all interested UUs of any sexual and affection orientation.
Part social, part political, part educational, and part religious and spiritual, Interweave
accomplishes its mission by addressing a changing array of interests, both inside and
outside the congregation, including hosting and co-sponsoring special events, and
supporting local lobbying and activist organizations.
The Interweave chapter at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene welcomes the
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex community and their allies by
offering community, support, opportunities for socializing, spirituality, advocacy,
education and outreach. It extends beyond but yet incorporates the UUA sponsored
educational program “Welcoming Congregation,” which focuses on education around
Interweave is an active, vibrant organization of the Eugene, OR Unitarian Church
(UUCE). We appreciate all members and friends who take the time to provide their input
In the last year Interweave sponsored many activities:
1. Second Friday of each month: movie and potluck. The movies have depicted the
lives of lesbians, gays, and transgender people. There are between 10 and 25
people at each of these movies. All the movies have been chosen by the people who
attend the movies except for the movie in June. No one had a suggestion so we
showed a movie that was picked as a great film by the Washington Film Festival.
The movies have be comedies, dramas and documentaries.
At the movie “Normal,” a woman who had been married to a man who became a
woman attended. She was kind enough to share her experience with us and allow us to
We showed a very funny movie and one of the straight men attending the movie said
that it was enough to make a straight person wish he were gay.
This was important to us because most of us have spent many years wishing we
were straight. His wife just laughed and smiled. There is a very special place in our
hearts for this man.
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2. We sponsored a Family Picnic at a local park. There were over 50 people at the
picnic this year. Mommies and their children, Daddies and their children, Mommies
and Daddies and their children, and many others enjoying the UUCE Family. There
were several family dogs who also joined us. This picnic was held just after our new
minister arrived in Eugene, and he attended the picnic with his dog. It was delightful
to show him that our families are so diverse.
3. The UUCE Interweave had a booth at the Eugene Gay Pride Celebration. Many
UUCE (Allies and GLTBTIQ) people stopped by the booth. There were also many
people from the community who stopped by and were impressed with the Welcoming
Community we have at UUCE.
4. Interweave helped with a church service that featured a Gay man who was born and
educated in a very Christian non-welcoming Church. His message was very
important because we were reminded that UUCE is a very special place. There are
many churches today that are not as open as UUCE and in the years gone by there
were few on done like UUCE. ???
5. There was a Sweetheart Dance for GLBTIQ and their allies. Not as many people
came this year. But there was dancing and wonderful food.
6. The June Interweave displayed a collage art piece showing the Gays and Lesbians
who were married in California.
7. Interweave has a listserv to share information with interested people about UUCE
Interweave activities and GLBTIQ news.
8. The Church directory will have GLBTIQ family photos. This is not really an activity of
Interweave, but Interweave has encouraged our families to be represented in the
directory like any other family in the church.
In the year to come we are planning to continue the things we have done this year:
Second Friday movie and potluck
Gay Pride booth
We will also be on the look out for any other ways we can keep UUCE reminded that the
GLTBRIQ struggle is not over.
Some people have prepared to give the Welcoming Congregation Curriculum Course,
but there have been so many things going on this year it has not fit into the Church
schedule. The Centennial Celebration Committee has asked that we do a Sunday on
how UUCE has grown as a welcoming church in the past hundred years. There are at
least 30 lesbian couples and 3 gay men that belong to UUCE. There are lesbian, gay
men, bisexual and transgender people in the church that not public about their sexuality.
UUCE is a very safe place for these people, and we are committed to seeing that all
people are treated with worth and dignity. The GLBTIQ allies are an important part of
Interweave. We never have had an Interweave function that has not been supported by
our allies. This is very appreciated by everyone.
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# Kitchen Committee
Members: Kathy Dillon (former chair), Pam Love (coffee coordinator), Amy Raven
(former coffee coordinator), Robin Schantz-Mulford (co-chair), Heather Schantz-Mulford
This year the Kitchen Committee has been fairly inactive. This has been due to several
factors, including but not limited to: some health issues of the chairs and lack of time for
organizing meetings. Fortunately, things seemed to happen more or less efficiently
without us, which brings up what exactly is expected of our Kitchen Committee.
Nevertheless, we are planning to re-institute regular meetings for the coming church
Things that did occur this year include:
-The dishwasher broke down and was repaired by the wonderful folks on the
-The more sanitary use of paper towels as opposed to cloth for hand washing
-Pam Love coordinated coffee hours, including organizing “Java Baristas” (coffee
makers), and purchasing of cream and other supplies.
-Amy Raven oversaw coffee maker repairs for a melted basket.
-Efforts were made to organize and transport dishes and utensils to offsite events
to prevent the use of paper products.
-Insulated pitchers were purchased (before this year began, but after the last
-Kathy Dillon and others reorganized the janitor’s/storage closet adjacent to the
# UUCE Teddy Salmon Library
The year 2006 marked the beginning of re-establishing the UUCE Library. Books in
storage for over five years were removed from their cartons and assessed as to their
value in a small church library. Some were donated to book sales, others returned to
boxes awaiting completion of remodeling in the room and new book shelves.
The Gallery, which was to have shared the space with the library, folded and is on hold
until a new committee is formed.
Bookcases, built by GoodWill Industries with costs covered by the Facilities Committee,
were installed in the fall of 2006. Pocketing, carding, and shelving began in January of
2007. Jack Stevens created an initial program for cataloging.
The library, with the help of a number of volunteers, participated in the all-church
program fair in February of 2007, and also made real progress toward completion at the
Labor of Love Sunday on Labor Day 2007.
In August, committee member Chris Gordon, with the help of Bob Kaeser, began
development of library catalogs, one each by author, book title, and category. George
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Koris refinished the “Teddy Salmon Library Sign,” that hung on the outside door of room
6 when the library was downstairs, and hung it over the entrance to our new space in
what was once called the fireplace room, off the Sanctuary. Several books were
purchased along with shelf markers and lamps.
Open house for the library was finally held in April of 2008. Children in Religious
Education made bookmarks to hand out to those who visited, and cake was offered
between Sunday Services. Many thanks to committee members Dorothy Mitchell, Jean
Coberly, Marina McIntire, Amy Raven, Chris Gordon, Kathleen Dillon, Barb Prentice, and
Katy Siepert, and to outside volunteers and former members, Bucklin Moon, Cindy
Pitcairn, George Koris, Pam Love, and Sylvia Taylor.
# Membership Committee
Primary Responsibilities: The Membership Committee is responsible for welcoming
and integrating new members, retaining current members, and tracking membership
Membership Chair: Marilyn Junkins, with the generous and ongoing support of
Nisco Junkins without which would not be possible.
Members: Patty Burkart, Julia Clark, Sheila Cook, Sue Craig, Jean Coberly,
Norma Landy, Mehrmah Sadeh, and Robin Schantz-Mulford.
Support: Mary Otten, Sylvia & Bob Taylor, Martha Osgood, Al Landy
Newcomer’s Orientations – Spring and Fall (and new Summer session)
New Member Sundays – Spring and Fall
Making welcoming phone calls to all visitors
Maintaining the pamphlet rack
Badges for new members, friends; replace lost badges
Monthly Newsletter article about upcoming or completed activities
Training and Scheduling Ushers for all Sunday services
Training and Scheduling Greeters/Welcomers for all Sunday services
Volunteer Interest Surveys: connecting those interested in participation with
those needing support in the church
Assisting Office Manager with directory changes and membership count
New Accomplishments and Activities:
Newcomer Orientation schedule continues to be tweaked to meet the needs of
the minister, Membership Committee, and input from the evaluations of
newcomers. In the Spring of ’08, we went from four to five sessions. In the
Summer of ’08, we had two four-hour sessions on two consecutive Saturdays to
accommodate the needs of parents with young children.
Quarterly updates to pamphlet: UUCE “A Brief Visitors’ Orientation”.
Quarterly updates to pamphlet: “A Resource Guide for Members and Friends”
Greeters/Welcomers began welcoming visitors at the Visitors’ Table and
addressing any questions they might have. New Visitor’s form created and
tracking method started.
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New Member Picnics held in June 2007 and July 26, 2008 were well attended by
new members, long-time members, and the Membership Committee.
Martha Hardwick, Eric Warner, and daughter Sophia have offered to take over
the creation of name badges. Nisco & Marilyn need to set up training and hand
off this activity.
Interest Surveys continue to be regularly distributed, completed, and sent to the
appropriate contact person for follow-up.
Will be scheduling an Usher/Greeter Greeters/Welcomers Training Recognition
Party in September.
Increase in Voting Membership - from 325 at the beginning of 2006, to 361 at the
beginning of 2007, to 405 in May 2008.
Assisted in creating Care Committee.
New Member and/or Visitor Packets were created to facilitate the dissemination
of information about church activities, volunteer opportunities, and ways to get
involved. These were created and disseminated at two New Member Sundays in
2007 and then abandoned. There was too much information that was not used
and appeared to be wasted.
The main challenge during 2007-2008 was to attract and retain Membership
Committee participants and find a chair-elect replacement for the committee
Working with the Interim Ministers and Rev. Steve to maintain the established
To keep pace with our growing membership; and to create ways to improve
To develop ways in which newcomers and new members have the opportunity to
participate and to make friends; community-building activities.
Maintaining clear parameters as to the committee’s roles/responsibilities; and
ensuring that the workload is balanced.
Volunteer Coordination is clearly needed, but not something that the Membership
Committee can take on now.
Maintain all programs now in place.
New Welcoming Team and Usher Team, led and coordinated by Nisco
Junkins in 2007-2008 and will be led by Robin Schantz-Mulford in 2008-2009.
Continue updates to newly created brochures. Need to find someone to take
Member Retention: Work with a new volunteer coordinator to design a new
volunteer-interest survey and provide input. Encourage follow-up.
Annual New Member Potluck/Picnics.
Work with appropriate person to plan New Member Circle Suppers in a home
Marilyn Junkins, chair
# Men’s Groups
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Some twenty men are currently involved in the three Men’s Groups associated with our
Men’s Group activities include dinners honoring members on birthdays and other
milestone occasions, retreats to the coast, quarterly potlucks, discussions on a wide
variety of topics, support for each other in times of crisis and celebrations on joyous
The Monday and Tuesday night groups are now closed to new members, but the open
group welcomes new men. Currently, it meets at the church at 7:00 p.m. on the second
and fourth Wednesdays of the month.
# Ministerial Search Committee
Members of this committee (MSC) were elected by the congregation in the spring of
2006 to search for our next settled minister. They were George Carroll, Julia Clark,
Karen Gaffney, Gil Osgood, Bonnie Romane, Ken Ross, and Suzanne Reynolds.
On the weekend of August 5-6, we had a very successful retreat which was facilitated by
Rev. Margaret Keip. In the fall, well over 200 congregants responded to a survey which
provided the committee with a great deal of useful information. This was the
congregation’s first step in "educating" the Search Committee, and it was extremely
helpful in informing the search committee as it proceeded with the search process. This
was followed up by several Small Group Meetings that were facilitated by MSC
members. Members of the Strategic Planning Committee generously served as co-
facilitators and “scribes” for these meetings. After the church’s self-study was completed,
MSC began the process of advertising for candidates and screening them based on their
A great deal of information about our church, called our Congregational Record, was
posted on the UUA’s website. We also prepared“ packets;” this task was completed in
November. These attractive three-ring binders included even more information than the
Congregational Record. For example, they included summaries of our surveys and
small group meetings, information about our Strategic Planning process, and recent
annual reports and orders of service. It also included a draft “Letter of Call and Ministry
Agreement,” which spelled out the salary and benefits, evaluation process, vacations,
sabbaticals and other expectations. This draft letter was approved by the Board.
On December 3, we hosted a Beyond Categorical Thinking (BCT) Program that was run
by two facilitators from the UUA. This excellent workshop was scheduled for three hours
after church services on Sunday, December 3.
Meanwhile, all potential ministerial pre-candidates had created their own packets and
online Ministerial Records (MRs). The MRs became available to your search committee
in mid-November. Using them, potential pre-candidates were selected about whom we
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wanted more information. At the same time, potential pre-candidates were deciding
which congregations interested them. Congregations and potential pre-candidates who
were mutually interested in each other then swapped packets. Of the original 21
ministers who expressed interest, we exchanged packets with 10 of them.
With all the information before us, from among the ten it was agreed to interview six of
them by conference-call phone interviews; these occurred in early January 2007. Based
on all the information collected by this time, three of them were selected as pre-
candidates to be interviewed in depth in person and observed in a “neutral pulpit” in
Oregon. These interviews took place in February and March. From this pool of three,
the committee selected one to be presented to the congregation: the Reverend Stephen
Landale of The Religious Society of Bell Street Chapel, Unitarian Universalist in Providence, Rhode
Island. Rev. Landale visited our church from April 22 to April 29 for an intensive eight-day
interview process with the entire congregation. After Sunday services on April 29, 2007, the
congregation voted to “call” Rev. Landale by a vote of 209-5. Soon after, the search committee was
dismissed, with thanks.
Ken Ross, MSC secretary
# Music Program
The music program at UUCE is a welcoming and supportive community open to friends
and members of the church. There are three adult choirs, a children’s Spirit Choir, and
performance opportunities for instrumentalists. The program begins in September and
continues through mid-June.
Our Four Choirs. The Sanctuary Choir is the flagship of the music program.
Membership has grown this year to 48 singers. They provide choral music at 19 of the
41 Sundays of the church year, for both the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services.
The Chamber Singers is an auditioned a cappella group with between 14-16 singers.
This year, in addition to singing for eight Sunday services, the Chamber Singers
presented a Renaissance Christmas Concert in collaboration with Byrdsong Early
Music Consort. It should be noted that Jean Weick graciously provided piano music for
each of the eight Sunday services.
The women’s Chalice Choir grew considerably in 2007 with 22 members currently.
During the year they sang for nine Sunday services. Since 2005, Jean Weick has
accompanied the Chalice Choir, volunteering her services in 2007 due to lack of funding.
She will be retiring from this position in June 2008. Thanks to an increased budget,
Lynn Smith will take Jean’s place in the fall of 2008.
The children’s Spirit Choir was reinstated this year when Scott MacWilliams
volunteered to direct the group. Meeting for 20-30 minutes on Sundays between
services, they sing for occasional Sunday and Family services. New this year, the Spirit
Choir is now under the umbrella of the music program.
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Special Events. The year kicked off early with a Music Potluck in August. The event
is intended for new and returning singers, instrumentalists, prospective Music Committee
members, and appreciative listeners. The Music Director provided information about
musical opportunities at UUCE, outlined upcoming events, and led us in hymn singing.
In October, the adult choirs spent the day at Sky Camp for the annual Choir Retreat. In
addition to singing through new music, two workshops were offered. Jamie Weaver
presented a session on vocal technique; Tom Sears offered instruction on improving
music reading skills.
In November, a new opportunity was created when friends and members of UUCE were
invited to sing in a one-service-only All-Comers-Choir. Five individuals joined the
Sanctuary Choir for three rehearsals and the Thanksgiving Sunday presentation.
The Chamber Singers presented their annual Renaissance Christmas Concert in
December to a sold-out audience. The Music Soiree, an all-congregation-talent-show,
took place in March. In addition to our three adult choirs, members and friends of the
congregation offered their unique talents to entertain – magic, music, drama, and poetry,
all were represented.
One of the highlights of the year is Music Sunday. In December 2006, the Sanctuary
Choir presented Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with harp. In April 2007, the Sanctuary
Choir sang Vivaldi’s Gloria with an 11-piece orchestra. It is inspiring to study and to
learn these masterworks. The effort always leaves choir members with a palpable
sense of accomplishment. The Chamber and Chalice choirs also present music at this
May 31st was the date of our Spring Concert. This is an annual event during which our
three adult choirs present favorite pieces from the years’ repertoire. The Sanctuary and
Social Hall were filled to capacity with the largest audience to date.
Music Committee. Under the thoughtful leadership of Pat Hendricks, the Music
Committee has been especially helpful this year with event planning, budget reviews, 5-
year plans, purchasing Braille hymnals, and attending Coordinating Council meetings.
Members also provide insightful feedback to the music director.
Instrumentalists. It was our very good fortune to have the volunteer piano services of
Jean Weick this year (see above). In addition, Dorothy Clark gave generously of her
time, providing piano music for seven Sunday services. In addition to piano music, we
had a variety of instrumentalists perform at UUCE this year. From banjo and fiddle to
16th century recorders and viols, from an 11-piece orchestra to solo trumpet, flute, viola,
and cello, instrumentalists were a larger part of the musical fabric this year, appearing at
Plans for 2008-2009. Some consideration is being given to having one or more of our
choirs sing outside the church. The Sanctuary Choir is already invited to sing at the
Interfaith service on Sept. 11, 2008. Other venues may present themselves for the
Section leaders were introduced in 2007 to ease some of the administrative work of the
Music Director. In addition to being the go-to persons when choir members report an
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upcoming absence or a concern, their role will expand to include mentoring new
Choir practice tapes have been helpful to singers wanting extra practice on their part.
Martha Osgood has created a “secret” web page that only choir members can access.
These tapes will continue to be a part of the learning process.
Depending on interest, two classes on “Playing the Recorder” will be offered in 2008.
One section will teach basic recorder technique for the beginner, the other will focus on
consort playing for more experienced players. In addition, “You Can Read Music,” a
workshop teaching the fundamentals of reading music notes and rhythms, is also being
In preparation for fall 2008, Tom will be attending a weeklong Choral Workshop
in August led by Rodney Eichenberger, professor emeritus at Florida State.
Tom Sears, Music Director
# Neighbour Groups
In the late fall of 2007, our interim Minister, Jeanne Mills, asked that we start a
Neighbours Group Project based on the need to have some support for those who were
in close neighborhood areas. She felt that it would be a phone tree to begin with, and
then perhaps a link that she could use to contact folks if there was an emergency need.
It would also provide visits and support for members who were unable to come to
church. It was organized by Sue Craig and Jean Coberly, with the help of Bob Coleman
and Eric Fisher. The community was divided into 44 Neighbour groups, and an effort
was made to have a contact person in each group. In some instances, folks did not
want to participate, and in some groups no contact person could be identified. The
result was about 38 groups and phone contact was made from most groups.
Some groups met for social contact, but on the whole, there seemed little support for the
project. There was no effort to ask for help from the pulpit, due to the fact that we were
undergoing significant changes in the church, and a selection of a new minister was
underway. As the new minister took his place with the congregation, he was asked to
give some input to this process.
The process had become very difficult with insufficient response from the congregation
as a whole, and it was the minister’s considered opinion that this entire enterprise might
be better served by the formation of Pastoral Associates and a revitalization of the Care
Committee. On the whole the Neighbour groups have simply disappeared.
# Newsletter Editor
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The monthly UUCE newsletter appears in two forms, both print and electronic. It is the
primary communication tool for members and friends of UUCE, featuring a month’s
listing of sermon topics, music programs, activities, committee meetings, and even
birthdays and anniversaries. There’s also a ministerial essay, news from the Board of
Trustees, and a monthly calendar to help keep track of all the many goings-on.
Any church member or friend can submit items for print simply by e-mailing
<email@example.com>. The editor clarifies and tightens the copy, then sends it
to the graphic designer who fits everything together for an inviting look. When ready, the
office prints copies and awaits volunteers who collate, staple, and mail the newsletters.
An electronic file is sent to the webmaster for posting. In keeping with our Green
Sanctuary vision, a long-term goal of the newsletter is to become more and more
electronic, printing and mailing as few paper copies as possible.
Susan Verner, past Newsletter Editor
# Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee has been asked to find candidates for the Strategic Planning
Committee and the Building Project Oversight Committee (BPOC) as well as Board
members. The process for these other two groups will be the same as for Board
members as described below.
Future plans for the Nominating Committee include expanding the size and duties of the
committee to include identifying and developing leadership skills.
Nominating Committee processor Board members: We consult church leaders, as
stipulated in the UUCE bylaws, using delegations of two committee members to
interview the minister and Board president. We also consult with heads of committees
and other church groups to identify members who are very active in the church and to
assemble a list of recommendations for Board members. We publish a notice in the
newsletter inviting proposed nominations and other input from the congregation at large.
Using the list of proposed Board members, we develop a short list of nominations for
each position. Individual committee members ask prospective candidates if they will
attend an interview. Each candidate is asked to bring a brief bio along. Each
prospective candidate is interviewed by some or all committee members, using a single
questionnaire. An interview takes place even if there is only one candidate for a
The entire committee meets to discuss the interviews and to develop a slate of
candidates. Individual committee members contact selected candidates to confirm
acceptance of the nomination. After the selected candidates accept, the committee will
inform other candidates of its decisions. If any of the selected candidates declines, the
committee will select the next candidate in line.
As stipulated in the UUCE bylaws, the committee notifies the Board of Trustees no later
than the March Board meeting. The slate is publicized in the April newsletter, and the
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candidates‚ photos and bios are posted in the social hall. The congregation elects new
Board members in April. Nominations from the floor are permitted. The new Board
members assume office on June 1.
# Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
In the church year 2006-2007, UUCE sponsored a workshop on nonviolent
communication (also called compassionate communication) on November 10 and 11,
2006, with Alan Seid, a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication,
as the presenter. One hundred and twenty people attended the free Friday night
introductory session, and eighty-nine people attended the all-day session the next day
which had a sliding scale registration fee. Approximately half the participants were from
UUCE and half were from the larger community. Enough money was received from the
registration fees to cover conference expenses and have some left over to contribute to
the general fund of the church. A NVC practice-study group with approximately ten
participants met for seven sessions, two hours each, from March through May 2007 at
UUCE, facilitated by church members Susan Goes and Dick Loescher, assistant).
In the church year 2007-2008, UUCE sponsored an all-day workshop on February 2,
2008 entitled “Connecting Compassionately Introduction to Nonviolent Communication,”
presented by Gary Baran, a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent
Communication and former executive director of the Center. Sixty people attended the
workshop, approximately half from UUCE and half from the larger community. The
sliding scale registration fees generated enough money to cover the expenses of the
workshop and there was some money left over to contribute to the general fund of the
church. Two NVC practice-study groups, with a total of twenty-two participants, met at
UUCE for eight sessions from March through June 2008, facilitated by church member
The church NVC web page, www.uueugene.org/NVC.html , has further information,
including the “Guidelines (strategies, agreements, promises, covenant) for Group
Interaction to Meet Our Needs and Support Our Values” document which is used in the
NVC practice-study groups. It is hoped that UUCE will provide additional opportunities
to learn and practice nonviolent communication in the future.
# Office Administrator
CHANGES! Lots of good changes these past couple years!
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We have a new settled minister, Rev. Stephen Landale! He’s brought a breath of
fresh air into the office and we’re feeling renewed! I’m happy to work for him!
Office responsibilities continue to grow with the church. I originally began at 20
hours per week back in 1998 when there were 219 church members. I had hoped to
keep this position part-time and now with near doubling membership and added duties I
have managed to hold back to 35 hours a week, knowing it should be full-time plus. I’m
able to do this only with the help and support of the minister, and the Board. They have
approved that the office can close at 1 pm so I’m able to focus on the jobs at hand with
no interruptions and hopefully with less mistakes :o).
Our Office/DRE Assistant: Sherry Cox left us in the fall of 2007 so she could focus on
her degree at L.C.C. as an X-Ray Technician. She’s passing with flying colors!
Beth Hoyt, was hired the spring of 2008 and is very helpful and efficient! She fits right in!
She has years of office and kid experience. We have her for a total of 15 hours per
week, including holding down the fort on Sunday mornings. She also works at Nearby
Nature 30 hours a week and somehow manages to keep it all in order! We’re very lucky
to have Beth with us!
Computer Guru: Gary Oster has volunteered to help with any issues with our
computers and upgrades. He’s very competent and has vast knowledge that we can
access at any given moment. Thank you Gary for keeping our computers humming!
Our SOS Team continues to step up each Friday to help with collating the Order of
Service and announcements. Also, with a quick call to Norma Landy, the SOS Team
Coordinator, she will connect with the team to help with office tasks such as labeling
envelopes, etc. Thank you SOS Team!
Custodian: Matt Kosanke has been with us for nearly three years and is a complete joy
to work with! He is very dependable and is a “take-charge” individual. We’re very
fortunate to have him with us!
New Color Copier: RICOH 4500! Our Treasurer, Marta Powers, suggested we contact
IKON to see if they could save us money since we were using our color laser printer for
color projects and the cost was becoming extreme. Marta was correct! This copier is
magnificent! It prints in color, and we rarely have any problems or paper jams. I’ve been
enjoying making order of services, occasionally in color. Thank you!
Thank you! I want to thank the Board, the Personnel Committee and congregants for
their support throughout these past 10 years! I’ve enjoyed serving you as your office
administrator. What a wonderful group of people you are!
Respectfully submitted by Kim Harris
# OFFICE VOLUNTEERS
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Volunteers: Norma Landy, Connie Newman, Darelle Baker, Jean Coberly, Sylvia Taylor,
Ken Ross, Jeanne-Marie Moore, Lynn Jackson, Dorothy Mitchell, Melinda Johns.
Responsibilities are folding the Order of Service for every Sunday service throughout the
year and assisting Kim Harris, Office Administrator, in performing simple office/clerical
tasks, as the need arises.
Activities/Successes: The volunteers are responsible throughout the year in making
sure that the Order of Service is ready for each Sunday’s service. Kim now stores the
Order of Service materials in the upstairs kiosk, thus alleviating the problem of having to
deal with turning the alarm on/off in the office, which makes for happy volunteers.
Currently, the total number of volunteers is 10. Since hiring an Office Assistant two
years ago, we no longer need to be available to handle mail or phones during Kim’s
vacation time throughout the year. Four volunteers put UUCE return address labels on
Challenges: We’d like to make sure there are never Sundays when the Order of Service
has not been prepared, but I don’t believe it is possible since we are human beings, not
automatons. I am only aware of one time that we failed to do this. They are always
scheduled; and rarely forgotten. We appreciate acknowledging the volunteers and the
service they provide. Because of the busy lives of our volunteers, it seemed difficult to
find those who were available for tasks other than folding the Order of Service, so it is
nice to have an assistant in the office handling some of these tasks.
Future Plans: Continue as noted in the Activities section. Continue to acknowledge the
volunteers. Plan a social activity to bring the volunteers together.
Norma Landy, coordinator
# Personal Reflections
The congregation continued to be enriched by the Personal Reflections tradition in the
2006-07 and 2007-08 church years, during which fourteen members stood at the pulpit
to share brief essays on their spiritual journeys. They helped bring the number of
members to 199 who have shared a Personal Reflection since the tradition began in
Following an experiment in which a new volume of Personal Reflections was made
available each fall, I have returned to the previous practice of providing a new volume
every other fall. That means that printed copies of all fourteen Reflections shared in the
previous two church years will be available for purchase beginning in the fall of 2008. I
reverted to the previous schedule after flat sales of the one-year volumes – I believe
members may have concluded, and rightly so, that they were getting less bang for their
buck when paying the same price for only one year’s worth of Reflections.
The new Volume 16, available in the fall of 2008, will include small photographs of the
contributors, a feature first introduced in the 2004-05 volume. Past volumes are
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generally for sale after each service on the Sundays on which a Reflection is shared.
Proceeds from sales go to cover binding costs, with all additional dollars forwarded to
the General Fund. The program is self-supporting. Savings have been realized in recent
years by printing the volumes on the church copier with church paper; outside costs
have been limited to binding.
There has been some discussion, but no decision, on how to incorporate Personal
Reflections into the church’s 100-year anniversary celebration in 2009. Some ideas to
date have included making the print text of Reflections available on CD, or producing a
“super volume” with all 199 essays included.
In soliciting contributors, I continue to strive for a balance in terms of members’ gender,
age, orientation and length of membership. I seek individuals who are active in the
church in some capacity. My first criterion is to invite any board member who has never
given a Reflection, so that members can better know their elected officers. I regularly
solicit nominations from church members, in person and via the church newsletter. I also
confer with the minister on possible recruits.
Reflections were presented in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 church years by Laura Adams,
Jim Ellison, Verna Tuesday, Sally DeCou, August Sabini, Joy Hainsworth, Martin Sage,
Julia Clark, Sue Craig, Elliot McIntire, Lorna Baldwin, Chris Nunes, David Atkin and Holly
Jeff Wright, Personal Reflections coordinator
# Personnel Committee
Members: Chuck Adams, Mary Brau, Betty Hosokawa, Jack Stevens
During the past two years, the Personnel Committee has focused on encouraging the
church to remain a fair compensation employer, making staffing expansion
recommendations to the Board consistent with the work of the Long Range Planning
Committee to support church growth, finding the best affordable health insurance for
church employees, and consulting on personnel matters as needed.
We are optimistic the congregation will continue to support appropriate increases in staff
positions as UUCE establishes the personnel infrastructure of a program-focused
church. For the coming fiscal year, the congregation has supported splitting the
RE/office assistant position, and increasing the hours for both positions, but the budget
for 2007-08 does not allow for the recommended Volunteer Coordinator position. This
new position is a high priority for both the minister and the Personnel Committee, and we
will continue to advocate for this key post.
For the budget year of 2007-08, UUCE remains a fair compensation church for all
positions, with compensation within the low to mid-range level for our size of church and
geographic region. The projected equivalent salaries for the Director of Religious
Education and the Director of Music have remained at an equal level.
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The UUA has begun offering health insurance plans, but after comparing the available
plans, we decided our current coverage with Pacific Source is a better value, with much
lower employee deductibles than the comparable UUA plan. We require employees who
do not have existing heath insurance coverage, working 25 hours per week or more, to
be enrolled in our health insurance plan, with cost split on an 80/20 basis (church 80%,
employee 20%) as recommended by UUA.
One task that remains incomplete is the development of performance evaluation
procedures for all positions except that of minister. (Ministerial evaluation is handled by
the Committee on Congregational Ministry and Safety.) The Personnel Committee has
proposed formative, developmental evaluations, with performance goals proposed by
each employee in conjunction with appropriate committees and their immediate
supervisors. With the arrival of Rev. Landale, who has training in supervision, the
Committee anticipates the performance evaluation process will benefit from his
guidance, and that he will assume greater direction of staff evaluations as the chief
executive officer for UUCE, responsible to the Board for achieving the church’s mission
Submitted by Mary Brau, chair
# UUCE Poets
The UUCE Poets are a group of members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist
Church in Eugene, who meet monthly to encourage each others’ poetry writing through
supportive suggestions, discussion, and the sharing of ideas and resources. We hold
two-hour workshops two times a month in members' homes (one on the fourth
Wednesday evening of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and the other on the third
Tuesday morning from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm). Group members attend one or the other
of these workshops, or both. Of the current 13 members, all but three have participated
since the group was started in March 2002.
Twenty-one poems by eight different group members were published in the Fall 2006
issue of the UUCE literary publication, Womenkin. One of our members won an
Honorable Mention for a poem entered in the Fall 2006 contest of the Oregon State
To celebrate National Poetry Month in April 2007, we held a poetry reading at church
after the second service, and in April 2008 we held a Poem-in-your-Pocket program after
the Third Friday All-Church Potluck. In the past we have presented several Sunday
programs featuring poetry.
Cindy Pitcairn, group facilitator
# Religious Education
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End of June 2008: 153 officially registered children and youth (175 in 2006-07)
Number of Children Enrolled ages 0-10: 100 (135)
Number of Middle School Youth ages 11-13: 36 (28)
Number of Youth Enrolled ages 14-18: 17 (12)
2007 Summer Attendance:
Ave. 9 children per Sunday
(Five children ages 5-11 and four children ages Inf-4 )
2007 Fall Attendance:
Ave. 71 children and youth per Sunday (9:00 – 28 and 11:00 – 43) (Ave. was 73 in 2006)
2008 Spring Attendance:
Ave. 62 children and youth per Sunday (9:00 – 24 and 11:00 – 38)(Ave. was 63 in 2007)
Visitors: 61 children and youth visited the R.E. program this year
54 New Family Welcome Packets were mailed
New Attendees: 26 new children and youth registered for the R.E. program from 16
Total # of volunteer teachers for Fall and Spring: 44 (62) (Includes 2 OWL teachers)
Total # of paid child care workers (for Sundays, regular meetings and occasional
events): 11 (10)
Highlights of the Year
Day camps: We added a 4th daycamp this year. In addition to K-1 and 4-5th OWL, we
offered UU Wizard camp, years 1 and 2. A fun addition this year, was more
congregational support with characters and special guests, including our own minister
appearing as an awkward Ministry of Magic investigator, “Maximus Panickus”!
We began discussions of offering a Middle School age daycamp for summer 2008.
Peace and Social Justice Year— This year was filled with lessons and activities that
brought forward in the minds of our children and youth “What Do You Stand for?”
...either in the representational or active sense. The kids explored concepts around
human rights, modern day and historical slavery, famous activists, landmines, peace
education, conflict resolution, cooperation, stereotyping and gender roles, and much
more! The big ending to the year was service projects that came out of a Community
Service fair with visitors from Station 7 (homeless youth), Pro-Bone-O (medical care for
pets of the homeless), 1st Place Family Center (serving a meal at a night shelter for
families), and the Stream Team (planting native plants and removing non-native plants).
The children of our congregation also gave $388 to UNICEF this year. All total, the
children and youth, with help of the congregation, gave nearly $3,000 and more than 100
hours of volunteer time to these organizations this year.
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Born with a Bang Pageant— A major accomplishment this year was the “holiday
pageant” based on the book “Born with a Bang—The Birth of A Universe” by Jennifer
Morgan. This fun project was a collaborative idea between myself and Rev. Steve.
Based on a service he did with a previous congregation, this pageant involved 64
infants, children, teens and adults! The story was reenacted through interpretive dance,
comedy skits (with special guests Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker), narrative, and the
building of a beautiful wall mural.
Addition of Youth Program Coordinator– With the tremendous amount of work that
needed to be done for various youth program activities, and a shortage of middle school
advisors, the board okayed a temporary position to support the program. Sarah Holland
was hired and she turned out to be an integral part of the success of the youth program
this year! (see report)
Coming of Age program– For the first time in our congregation, we ran the Coming of
Age program with 20 Middle and High School students. This was a rich and varied
program with 2 retreats, a monthly class, community service projects, mentors and credo
development. (see youth section for more information.)
Other Program Offerings: Below are listed other events and happenings that took
place throughout the year.
The 2007 Summer Program “Lessons from Dr. Seuss” —The Summer Sunday Fundays
were led by Sidney White. Sidney presented stories and activities for children in K-5th
Labor of Love Work Party— Organized by the Facilities Council, uch work was done on
the playground, taking out old elements and cement footings, sanding new sections.
Also, inside RE, cabinets were sanded and painted. Children and youth participated in
organizing the library, setting up bulletin boards, organizing supplies and hanging
Family Outings and Birthday Party — We held our last Family Outing in August. There
were not enough volunteers to keep it going.
R.E. Volunteer Orientation and Meetings— An all day training was offered in September
for new and returning volunteers, and separate meetings were held with Middle and
High school advisors. Three more general volunteer meetings were held over the year
and 2 meetings were held with the advisors. Meetings included sharing, ups and downs
of classroom life, curriculum evaluation, calendaring, and delegating duties.
Gathering of the Waters Service— The 1st Water Ceremony with Steve was lovely and
the church was packed at both services. It was one of our best truly intergenerational
services of the year in my opinion.
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New Family Orientation— A New Family gathering was held and Rev. Steve attended.
We covered R.E. philosophy, curriculum, answered questions, had pay-by-the-slice
pizza and played parachute and other games with the children.
Celebrating New UU Holidays— In 2006-07, during the UU Identity year, the children
and youth created new UUHolidays and we celebrated many of them this year! We
started in February with Opposite Day. The adults upstairs joined in the fun as well!
Some other special celebrations included “Electricity Day”, “Culture Day” and “Taking
Care of the Animals” day.
Non-Violent Communication All Church training— The NVC group sponsored a day long
workshop. We provided activities for the children in in care and I attended the workshop,
as did RE committee members and several parents.
The UU Young Adult Group— The church-based group continued meeting through last
summer, took an organizational break during the first part of the year and began meeting
again in the Spring of 2008. The Campus Ministry group had a late start in January of
2008, and met a few times with me to plan activities and participate in some activities
from young adult curriculum. With my stretched hours and the late start of the group, it
was difficult to grow the group and they decided to stop meeting until the Fall. With
changes in my job description happening in the near future, we will be looking for a
volunteer advisor for this group.
Spirit Choir begins again through the music program— Scott Mac Williams volunteered
his time and energy with the Spirit Choir, the music program’s children’s choir. The
group practiced in room 5 between services, and Alex Phillips, a member of the youth
group, volunteered as their pianist.
Minister Installation— The installation was in January, 2008, and the different RE groups
made a series of t-shirts for him of the 7 principles. There was also children’s
programming and activities held during the service at 1st Christian church, downtown.
Childcare Provider List Expanded as Well as Childcare needs growing—
After running an add on Craigslist this year, we added several new childcare providers to
the list. Many more committees and events have been utilizing childcare this year, and
with the additional staff, has come a bit of confusion. Childcare providers showing up for
different committees on the same night, etc. It is evident that a central point for both the
congregation and the providers is needed. We requested for additional hours in the
budget for our childcare lead to be that point of call. She will begin in the Fall by
maintaining a calendar upstairs and in room 4 and will help groups possibly combine up
meetings so that we use our resources efficiently.
Halloween Party— A wonderful gathering of over 250 people...with some of same
offerings accented by new carnival games, fresh craft ideas, and a funny and scary
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Advent Garden— Lovely as usual, with two harpists, including our own beloved Amy
Raven and about 125 attendees. The spiral took 2 1/2 hours to light completely and we
ran out of candles!
Child Blessings—Christmas Eve and “Parents” Day Two child blessing ceremonies were
held this year with Rev. Steve. Although we primarily focused on young children this
year, Rev. Steve is considering offering a ceremony in the Fall for older children and
youth to participate.
Easter— A simple Easter this year, with treat bags filled with leftover treats, we cleaned
out our back log! Smaller turn out due to Easter falling on Spring Break, we gave out
about 75 treat bags.
Celebration Sunday— A much smoother CS than last year, things in the children’s
program went smoother with a full staff of activity leaders, and with the change of not
having to return to the end of the service to join in the closing. I also participated by
creating a slide show of our “whole” community, leading a song, and we had a special
visit from Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins in honor of the “journey” theme.
Family Services— Changing the format of 1st Sunday Family services to gather children
directly from class helped to bring older kids to the service, but it was hit and miss
whether 11:00 families made it there early. I would prefer to have two Family services,
less often, to get a variety of ages there. I will be brainstorming with the minister and RE
committee to see how this piece of the program can improve.
End of Year Events— The end of the year was a bit more intensive as we held the
Moving Up ceremony, the Volunteer Reception and the Bridging ceremony all on the first
Sunday of June...and the minister was on vacation.
Sunny Sunday was held the last Sunday, along with a youth led fundraiser. All that,
connected to the Coming of Age service in May and congregational meetings, created
an end-of-year madhouse. I hope to move Bridging back to May, and offer a volunteer
appreciation event in the early winter. Hopefully this will help loosen up the last days of
the church year.
Religious Education Committee Retreat —The Religious Education Committee held their
annual retreat at Sunriver this year. It was a lovely time, filled with futures planning and
calendaring as well as laughs and dips in the hot tub! The committee spent a lot of time
working on the DRE job description as well as prioritizing events and work load for the
DRE and committee.
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Middle and High School Gatherings—Due to Coming of Age, Sr. High OWL
sleepovers, and community service projects, we were unable to hold as many extra
bonding activities for youth as we normally like to. We did hold a few gatherings outside
of Sunday and conferences for the youth to connect. We began with the “Classroom
Spruce-up party at the Labor of Love” work day, we also held a game night for the youth.
Advisor, Bonnie Romane, organized the Middle school youth to take a Sunday and work
at Mt. Pisgah as an early year community service project, and an activity outing for
Middle Schoolers was held at the end of the church year.
Sr. High OWL — Kay Crider and David Pebworth offer the Sr. High Owl program for 9-
12th grade. Twelve youth participated in the after-church classes. They also sponsored
two overnights to complete all of the units.
Youth Listening Groups —Two opportunities were offered to get youth input into our
future. Six youth in Middle and High school shared in specially facilitated conversations
where they shared hopes for our future programming and space...as well as reflected on
what we are leaving behind.
Youth Conferences— Two High School youth conferences were held in far off places
this year...one in Spokane, WA and the other in Vancouver, BC. Thankfully, an advisor
in Corvallis organized a bus to haul youth and sponsors these long distances. We
covered the first trip (approx. $80 per person) and asked the youth’s families to pay for
the second trip.
The annual Middle School Conference was held in Corvallis. The youth participated in
a community service project as part of the conference at a sustainable farm.
Coming of Age— The COA program ballooned with 22 kids initially applying and 19
completing the program. The youth participated in two retreats, a monthly class,
independent projects, a credo class with the minister, met with a mentor, participated in
community service, helped plan and implement the final worship service, and
participated in lowropes course activities as well as an alone-time vigil during the day
This program was very labor intensive with this quantity of youth (in the past we’d
have 5-6 youth). We held a debrief meeting at the end of the year to think of ways to
simplify and modify the program next time...which at current enrollment numbers is
bordering on 35 potential youth! One of the proposed changes is modifying the calendar
year and order of events, as well as presetting events to help families plan for the
commitments connected to this program.
Bridging— Three youth chose to Bridge into Young Adulthood this year, Nathan Heldt,
Will Stancil, and Skye Rios. The youth wrote statements and shared them with the
church community in early June. They were given a pottery chalice and a memory book.
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Report of the Youth Program Coordinator—Sarah Holland
I have enjoyed this job much more so than I could have anticipated. The youth and I have come to
know are kind and curious. I have had a great time and learned a great deal. The Religious
Education (RE) program itself is beautiful in that it attempts to integrate different cultures, issues,
and concerns into curriculum. I loved that on any given day we might discuss not eating meat, to
land mines, to how does it feel being 13. Also in my opinion another strength of the RE program
are the adults who work in both staff and volunteer capacities. The willingness of the adults to ask
difficult questions and provide a safe place to talk about concerns was truly inspiring. As a part
time temporary position it quickly became clear how needed this job was. I could have easily
spent more time each week- several hours at least just on working with the Coming of Age
Program. The position also appeared to be necessary in having a second person to look at the
many needs and events of the RE MS & HS program. From service projects, to Sunday morning
RE, to COA there was always something going on and it is beyond me how the
DRE can keep track of it in addition to the elements of program that I had nothing to do with.
I strongly encourage that this position be expanded and made permanent- it will not only allow
for the continuation of current needs but add energy to so many of the brilliant ideas and activities
that cannot be done now because of lack of the time.
Suggestions for Future Youth Coordinator Position:
~ More time with youth- so many of the pragmatic elements of the programs consume
time that also need to be spent being a positive presence for youth
~ Anticipate 10 hours (at least) each week- with 4 of them in RE. The 7 hours each week
was simply not enough for the needs of the program. I could have easily put in more hours than I
did assisting with the program elements already in place or adding activities
~ There is so much going on in the RE program at all times- I would suggest having a
more detailed orientation (time permitting) to RE curriculum for both HS and MS youth. If
someone outside of the church is hired to have some type of orientation about the basic church
info- who do you contact to put things in order of service? What is the order of service?
~ Introduce Staff during a service so that not only parents see a face but members of the
community that the Coordinator may be working with.
I thoroughly enjoyed working with the Director of Religious Education, Candee Cole. I admire
her so much and have an incredible amount of respect for her passion and her dedication to not
only the youth program but to the UU church. It was an honor and a privilege to work with her.
Suggestions for Future
~ Clarify what Coordinator is “in charge of” – it was difficult at times because so much
was going on to determine what I was responsible for or what the DRE was doing- this confusion
could be avoided by a permanent staff person whom the parents knew-
~ I would suggest including the Coordinator in regular staff meetings or have a set office
hours to help staff feel more connected to other staff and church members.
~ Have Contact Info and Email list for the youth in the beginning- and encourage staff to
have a consistent presence in both MS and HS RE
I appreciated the need for processing decisions- the discussion was a nice element. I began this
job with little knowledge of the UU principles or spiritual culture. In general I found the
community (both adults & children) to be welcoming and helpful. I did find myself hearing -
while working with the children - hearing negative comments concerning Christian beliefs or
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religions - as a person who was raised Christian (I am no longer a practicing Catholic) it was
difficult to hear children who were otherwise so open being judgmental - or negative about a
particular group. I understand these feelings may come from the negative experiences in the past
of their parents- and perhaps are justified feelings of anger or confusion. However, I do believe
that the children would benefit from exposure to all faiths - in a non-biased way- realizing that
each faith or spiritual tradition has its benefits, challenges, and bias. Thank you again for the
opportunity to work with you and with the children of this community. It has been an honor. -
Goals Met from Last Year
Space Improvement – The downstairs
restrooms floors were improved by the
Facilities Council with new tile! It is amazing
how such a simple thing can make the
restrooms feel more comfortable! More décor
and improved windows would still help with the
Playground Improvements—After looking
into various structures on Craigslist from local
schools and churches, an offer was made by
Katherine Mello to make some lower cost improvements on the playground in lieu of
spending money for a new or hard-to-haul pre-existing structure. Katherine worked on
the playground in the Fall and added some structural support, built a bridge between the
new landings, put in a safety bar at the slide, closed in the fireman’s pole hole and built a
separate tire swing structure.
Youth Group Strengthening—We continued to work on youth group strengthening by
asking the advisors to bring in topics and activities, and by hiring, mid-year, a Youth
Program coordinator, who assisted the youth advisors in some organizing. Even though
we made some headway on this goal, it is still on the list for next year and beyond.
RE Assistant—We added to the budget a new staff position for the 2008-09 budget
year. And we got it! (20 hours requested, we were given 16!) A dedicated R.E. Assistant
with the right qualifications is needed to bring more experience in running a program,
freeing the DRE to place more emphasis on creating specific programming for children,
youth and their families, and the big picture.
Things to work on next year
Youth Group Strengthening—Continue to recruit a strong group of youth advisors to
help the youth improve their program and attendance. Special activities will be organized
next year due to the large influx of incoming 9th graders that will change the feel of the
Volunteerism—With volunteerism down church-wide, we hope that we can find creative
solutions to keeping our ratios safe in the classrooms.
Simplifying Workload - Recent work has been done to improve and downsize the DRE
job description. A few events will be discontinued and more energy focused on the
volunteers and program. The addition of an RE Assistant will be helpful in this goal as
Long term program goals
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Young Adult Coordinator— We hope to locate a volunteer to liaison between staff and
the Young Adult community. This would be a volunteer position at first, but hopefully
paid/stipend in the long range plan.
New Space—We plan to be involved in the process of creating the new RE space in our
new future space. An RE space that honors our various group needs .
Candee Cole, Director of Religious Education
# RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COMMITTEE
The Religious Education Committee (REC) works with the Director of Religious
Education (DRE) to support the Religious Education (RE) program for children and
teens. The REC assists the DRE in many events, activities and preparations that occur
each year. These include:
Children and family registration
DRE Sunday support
RE Evaluation (every other year)
Several bi-annual and special events occurred this year as well:
Coming of Age
Middle and High School Community Service projects
High School OWL (Our Whole Lives)
The needs of the children and families in RE have been growing right along with the
growth of the congregation. The REC spent significant time and energy this year
considering how best to serve these growing needs.
The REC submitted a proposal to fund a Youth Programs Coordinator for the middle and
high school youth. The proposal was approved and we were extraordinarily fortunate to
hire Sara Holland. Sara quickly showed us just how valuable a Youth Coordinator is to
our congregation. She was only able to be with us through the end of the church year
and will be sorely missed.
The REC also submitted budget requests for a half-time RE Assistant position and
expanded hours for Regina Boker so she can coordinate child care for the plethora of
committee meetings and church functions. Both requests have been generously
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Singletarians meet once a month. We are a small group with a few core attendees, a
few drop-ins, and an occasional “visitor” from another church or a respondent to one of
our “ads” in the Eugene Weekly. We hope to grow. When there are newcomers, we
usually go around the “circle” telling about ourselves. When everyone is already familiar
with one another, we just talk for awhile and often play a game, like RummiKub. Usually
we have snacks which people are welcome, but not required, to bring and share. Our
aim is to provide a safe and fun atmosphere.
# Sister Circles
Sister Circles are small groups of women who get together on a regular basis to share
with each other. Each Sister Circle is unique because the members decide how the
Circle is run. They meet weekly, biweekly or monthly. Some Circles meet at the church,
but many meet in each other’s homes. Currently there are 6 Sister Circles with 5-10
members in each Circle. A women’s gathering takes place about once a year where
women can get together to talk and find out what UUCE offers for women. At these
meetings, there is a chance to meet other women in Sister Circles and to sign up to be in
a Sister Circle. Often new Circles are formed and old Circles request new members. Our
meeting this year was held in February. The coordinator also keeps a list of women who
would like to be part of a Sister Circle. When there are at least 5 women on this list, the
coordinator contacts them to form a new Circle. Existing Circles that would like new
members also contact the coordinator and get names from the list.
Vicky Scheuerell, coordinator
# Small Group Ministry (SGM)
The Small Group Ministry program (initially called Shared Ministry Groups) began in this
church in 2003, and has had one or two series of get-togethers each church year since
then. The purposes of the program are: to provide an opportunity for people to share
and listen respectfully in small groups in order to get know each other at a deeper level
and to enhance a sense of community and friendship; and to explore topics related to
values and meaning in life. Additionally, each group does a service project for the
church or larger community. More details about the program, including the current
version of the SGM Covenant of Right Relationship, which has guidelines and
agreements for group interaction and process, are visible on the UUCE web site on the
Small Group Ministry web page, www.uueugene.org/SGM/about.html .
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The sixth series of the SGM program occurred in church year 2006-2007 and had ten
two-hour get-togethers from January through May 2007. The overall theme was
“Celebrating Continuity Embracing Change.” Forty-eight people participated, including
the facilitators, who were: Marilyn Junkins, Bridget Klest, Brian Lewis, Dick Loescher,
Connie Newman, Sylvia Shaw, Adelka Shawn, and Susan Verner. The SGM steering
committee members were: Berry Broadbent, Sarah Hendrickson (chair), Dick Loescher,
Bonnie Phipps, and Anna Sontag. The service projects included: organizing and
staffing a book sale to help young adults attend the UUA General Assembly in Portland
in June 2007; sponsoring a fundraiser lunch to help support New Hope School, a safe
haven in Cambodia to prevent exploitation of children; gathering items for the Turning
Point program of Womenspace; helping with registration for UUCE Celebration Sunday;
collecting art supplies for Page School art club; and helping with ideas and activities
related to the UUCE Care Committee.
The seventh series of the SGM program occurred in church year 2007-2008 and had
ten two-hour get-togethers from January through May 2008. The overall theme was
“Radical Hospitality,” related to the first UU Principle (the inherent worth and dignity of
every person). Approximately ninety people (almost one quarter of the membership of
the church as well as a few nonmember friends of the church) participated, including
the facilitators, who were: Susan Alger, Dorothy Clark, Nisco Junkins, Brian Lewis,
Dick Loescher, Connie Newman, Barb Prentice, Fred Schultz, Betts Silver, and Leora
White. The SGM steering committee members were: Berry Broadbent, Sarah
Hendrickson, Rev. Stephen Landale, Brian Lewis, Dick Loescher (chair), Adelka
Shawn, and Anna Sontag. The service projects included: help with Food for Lane
County; collections to help Womenspace; help with the church auction; collections to
help El Centro Latino Americano; help with planting a victory garden; help with a fund
raising luncheon after church to support the Station 7 project of Looking Glass; raising
money for a garden for the Serbu center for juvenile justice; raising money to support
Multiple Sclerosis research; preparing care bags to help people in Darfur; help with food
for a church meeting; and collections for care packages for mothers serviced by the
Family Early Advocacy and Treatment Program.
Dick Loescher, chair of the committee
# Social Justice Committee (SJUUCE)
The Social Justice Committee has revived itself in the last year or so. After a series of
organizational meetings last summer, the committee elected co-chairs Gretchen Miller
and Jeff Jackson and began working on projects. The committee, now known as
SJUUCE (Social Justice Committee of UUCE = S-Juice), is much larger than it has been
in years with at least 20 regular participants and many more on the listserv. SJUUCE
now has both a listserv and a fledgling blog; in addition, a couple members have been
compiling a regular social justice events calendar that is circulated by email to the
listserv and posted and distributed at church. Enthusiasm for social justice work seems
to be at a level unknown to UUCE in recent years.
Previous congregational social justice efforts have continued, some under the
aegis of SJUUCE and some not. That’s My Farmer solicits CSA (Community Supported
Agriculture) memberships and sells Farmer Bucks, the Fair Trade Coffee Store
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continues, the UFO still supports the food repacking effort at Food for Lane County, Ruth
Duemler and friends are still putting on a book sale every few months and Dick Loescher
has spearheaded non-violent communication training, which many members have taken
advantage of. In addition, members of UUCE are still as involved as ever in social
justice work in the community, doing electoral work, participating in (and organizing)
demonstrations and lobbying, and all the other countless activities UUs are known for.
SJUUCE planned to sponsor a table at the NAACP annual dinner in March until
we learned it was the same night as the UUCE auction. We sent the NAACP a
contribution instead from our book sale funds, equivalent to the scholarships we would
have offered to people sitting at our table. In addition, members of SJUUCE carried the
SJUUCE banner at a "Sowing the Seeds of Peace" rally commemorating the 5th
anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. We noted this on the UUA website as
participation in the UUA-sponsored virtual March for Peace. Twenty UUs volunteered at
the annual Homeless Connect event at the Fairgrounds, and the third Sunday collections
are continuing evidence of UUCE members’ social awareness.
SJUUCE has made efforts to increase our interfaith activities, sponsoring a well-
attended panel discussion at which leaders from other congregations talked to us about
their congregations’ social justice activities. The Committee recently sponsored a White
Privilege Workshop, “Everywhere I Go I’m White”, which was also well-attended and
appreciated. In addition, we assisted St. Jude’s Catholic Church with their sponsorship
of the interfaith homeless shelter, helping to provide, prepare, serve, and clean up after
dinner one evening at their facility.
The church has committed to sponsoring, and participating in, a UUA-facilitated
Social Justice Empowerment Workshop in November 2008, which will be attended by
the minister, DRE, most of the Board, and hopefully a substantial part of the
congregation. This workshop should help focus congregational attention and awareness
on what we want in our social justice program and help us work toward one or two larger
projects that the entire congregation can rally around.
Other upcoming SJUUCE projects include initiating a social issues discussion
group later this summer and co-sponsoring a ballot-measure forum with Basic Rights
Oregon and possibly other organizations in the fall. Lastly, we are starting to meet with
representatives from Green Sanctuary, Interweave, Accessibility, Fair Trade Coffee,
Community Offering and the Religious Response Network in a “social concerns” cluster
in order to share information and better coordinate our work.
# Sound Board
With the arrival of Interim Minister Jeanne Mellis-Mills in August 2006, the form of our
worship services changed. Simultaneously, attendance Sunday mornings increased
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markedly. At Rev. Mellis-Mills’ strong request, we purchased and put into use a
handheld cordless microphone. This has proven to be a valuable asset.
The operation of the sound system remained quite stable through the remainder of the
church year with the next two interim ministers: Rev. Margaret Keip and Cecilia
Kingman-Miller. However, larger attendance necessitated using the Library space for
seating. Bob Kaeser donated and installed two speakers in the Library so the service
could be heard there.
With the arrival of our settled minister, Rev. Stephen A. Landale, in August 2007, we
noticed that when he turned his head to speak to those in the Library, his voice did not
carry. In February, Dennis Reynolds and Jake Walsh tested a new ‘headset’ wireless
mike. In March, Rev. Landale used it with great success and much better voice
projection and quality. We then purchased this mike which is generally reserved just for
Rev. Landale, but with special permission may occasionally be used by others.
Beginning in late 2007, there was an increased awareness of accessibility issues,
including a problem that hearing-impaired people often had in meetings because there
was no hearing assistance provided.
On January 19, 2008, I held a sound training and review (using Keynote format) and
encouraged each entity in the church to have at least one member ‘lightly’ trained to use
the sound system. There were about 20 people attending this training, and we have
been somewhat successful in providing amplified sound, primarily via the handheld
mike, for meetings which are held in the sanctuary. At this time, amplified sound is not
available for other areas of the church.
The training resulted in only two new individuals who have followed through enough to
serve occasionally as Sunday morning sound techs--Bob Kaeser and Doug Barab.
Regulars who continue to serve are: John Wagner, d.maria, Rachel Cummings, Amy
Raven, Gretchen Miller, Elliot McIntire, Glen Treiber and Ruth Ross.
Since October 2007 there has been a sound system RENTAL/ USE/ POLICY for use of
UUCE sound equipment for rental events (weddings, memorials, social, etc.)
We have continued to make recorded copies of Sunday services available for a $1-$2
replacement cost. I duplicated 199 tapes/CDs from October 2006 through June 30,
2008. Making recordings of Sunday-morning services is one of the greater challenges
for the sound techs and for me in filling requests for copies and finding storage space for
the cassette tapes. In fall of 2007, I purchased a high-quality digital recorder for my
personal use and have used it to record the Sunday services digitally since then (when I
am in town or when I can find someone to do the recording for me when I’m out of town).
Digital recordings can be reproduced on CDs, which is much easier to do and is much
higher quality. This makes for more comfortable listening.
We have an on-going challenge with the batteries in the hearing assist devices. Often
the devices are not turned off at the end of the service so the batteries are dead a week
later. These are expensive batteries. Sound techs and ushers are trying hard to be sure
the devices are turned off, especially at the end of the second service. We now have
only three functioning devices for use by congregants. The cost for six new devices plus
base unit will be approximately $900.
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Katherine Swem, an audiologist in practice in Eugene, participated in the most recent
(January 2008) sound training. She is hoping to provide a mini-workshop for users of
hearing aids--helping them understand how better to use and care for their hearing aids
and how to use them with our neckloop Telecoil (T-coil) couplers.
Our church custodian (currently Matt Kosanke) has been trained on how to connect the
sound board. He sets it up for Sunday services and for groups meeting in the sanctuary.
This is especially helpful to the early sound tech on Sunday mornings when a choir is
Coming immediately will be a laminated check list to help sound techs spot problems
before services begin.
Inventory of all the sound equipment was completed in August.
We are looking for a way to have a central microphone that would pick up voices from
the congregation when visitors are recognized and perhaps during candles of
Respectfully submitted by Ruth Ross
# Stewardship Committee
The 2007-2008 stewardship campaign took place during the church’s interim- minister
year. Cecilia Kingman-Miller, a member of the interim ministry team, reprised her role
from the previous year’s canvass season and guided the Stewardship Committee in its
activities. The format for the all-church event in April 2007 was a Celebration Sunday,
with the theme “We’ll Make Our Garden Grow.” The Sunday brunch event was held at
Lane Community College. The gathering was a church service, complete with music
program, active RE participation, and a special appearance by an inspirational costumed
character—Joyful Abundance Man and his two young assistants. It included a segment
for congregants to fill out pledge cards at their dining tables and submit them by walking
in procession to the podium, where Ms. Kingman-Miller received them in a large basket.
This was a move to get a large and early return of pledge cards with the hope of
reducing the amount of follow-up calling needed at the conclusion of the canvass. A
special highlight of the Celebration Sunday event was the announcement of the name
and background of the successful ministerial candidate recommended by the Ministerial
The Stewardship Committee held a lead-gifts kickoff celebration at Bel Ami two weeks
prior to Celebration Sunday. The lead-gifts event was effective at gathering a pre-
canvass pledge total that was used to present to the congregation-at-large to encourage
generous pledging. The pledge total for 2007-2008 was $308,262.
For the 2008-2009 stewardship campaign, the Stewardship Committee continued with
the previous year’s Celebration Sunday format and program design with the added
benefit of having the settled minister in place. The theme for the campaign was “A
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Journey Begins.” One week before the all-church brunch event at Lane Community
College, the lead-gifts event was held again at Bel Ami. The canvass season was
expected to yield a total of about $375,000 in pledges, a significant increase over the
previous year’s total.
Robbie McCosh and Patrick Phillips, co-chairs
# Strategic Planning Committee
Current members (spring 2008): Kay Crider, Larry Cummings, Elliot McIntire, Gretchen
Miller, David Pebworth, Greta Sorenson, Diane Wooldridge
The Strategic Planning Committee was created in fall 2004 with the twin objectives of
determining the future location of UUCE, and developing a long-term plan for the
The primary activity of the committee during the 2006-2007 church year was the
preparation of materials leading to a decision about whether UUCE should remain in its
current location and either remodel the current facility or replace it with a new, larger
building, or whether we should relocate to a new larger location.
During the fall of 2006 a consultant was hired who worked closely with the committee. In
December of 2006 a presentation at a church town meeting laid out the pros and cons of
each of our choices. This was followed by two more town meetings, each with an
accompanying written report, providing the congregation opportunities to examine and
discuss our options. This process culminated in a vote in May 2007 that overwhelmingly
endorsed relocating the church in a new location that could provide a larger sanctuary
and additional space for offices, meetings, and classrooms. This decision was not made
lightly. Many members expressed a strong affection for our current site, with its unique
architecture and wooded location, but also recognized that this site could no longer
accommodate our growing membership or our increasing involvement in our surrounding
community. Former members of the committee Betty Hosokawa, Linda Anson and
Bonnie Phipps should be recognized for their leadership in this process.
Concurrently with the above activities, the committee developed a rough draft of a five-
year plan for our Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene and presented it to the
congregation in early spring 2007. After additional input, a revised final draft was
distributed to the congregation and was adopted at a congregational meeting in October
2007. This plan provided an outline for significant changes in personnel and programs
over the period 2007-2012; can be reviewed on the UUCE Website. Most aspects of the
first year of the plan have already been adopted.
Summary of Progress on 2007-2008 Five-Year Plan
During 2007-2008 we expected to do a variety of things. These are listed below, with an
assessment of the degree to which they were met.
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Programs: The Coordinating Council has taken a more active role in carrying out the
work of the church, and is working to formalize committee structures, provide a regular
rotation of chairs, and urges the designation of a “chair-elect” for the coming year.
Reverend Landale is offering a series of workshops on various topics, and programs on
Non-Violent Communication are scheduled throughout 2008. The Social Justice
Committee has been revitalized as SJUUCE, and plans a number of activities over the
next few months, including a major workshop in November.
The Green Sanctuary Committee has completed all of the requirements for UUCE to be
certified as a Green Sanctuary; only a congregational vote is needed to complete this
Staff: As noted in the five-year plan, we are currently understaffed, considering our size.
An assessment of specific shortfalls is needed, and expansion of our staff needs to be a
consideration as we develop the budget for 2008-2009. Creation of a Volunteer
Coordinator position as well as expanding the hours of other staff are among the
Lay Leadership: We recognize the need to broaden the lay leadership of the
congregation, and work has begun on ways to provide needed training for these new
Facilities: The Facilities Council has made a number of significant improvements to our
current building so far this year, including constructing a new path through the play area
to the downstairs classrooms, improving the toilets, and replacing a beam under the
porch on the north side of the building.
With the vote to relocate, committee member Linda Anson led the effort to create a plan,
adopted by the Board of Trustees at its May 2007 meeting, to form a Building Project
Oversight Committee (BPOC), which would take the lead in developing and carrying out
the search for a new location for UUCE, being guided by the goals and aims of the
congregation as set out in the Dreamcatcher meetings of 2005 and modified by
subsequent developments and growth of the church. That committee and its working
groups have moved with care, and speed, to further this process.
The Strategic Planning Committee has now focused on revising and extending the five-
year plan adopted in October 2007 for an additional year. A draft proposal will be
presented in late spring 2008, with a vote on adopting the 2008-2013 plan scheduled for
Given the change in emphasis of the committee’s activities, it is proposed that the
committee be reduced in size from seven to five, beginning with the election of new
members in fall 2008.
# Third Sunday Community Offerings
The congregation and friends of
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UUCE have responded enthusiastically and generously to the Third Sunday Offering
activities. We have averaged over $1500 per month donation to various agencies and
community programs. (Lower donations in summer months reflect the fact that only one
service is held in the summer months.)
Our committee tries to select organizations using several criteria. Of course, the
organization must promote, as far as we can determine, activities that are in accord with
UU principles. We also strongly prefer relatively small, low-overhead and low-budget
organizations, so that our contribution can make a noticeable difference. We solicit
suggestions from congregational members and friends, at the same time balancing the
types of agencies, such as human services, civil rights, environmental, children, and the
like. We also prefer to give to local agencies that serve the population of Lane County.
The Third Sunday Community Offering serves many purposes. It engenders a spirit of
generosity and giving within our church. It provides some practical assistance to local
community members in need. It may introduce worthy organizations to some UU’s, who
may then be able to use the services, make additional contributions, volunteer, or
otherwise interact with the organizations. It increases the visibility of UUCE in our
community, specifically with other Lane County people involved with social justice, social
services, environmental and other causes and projects.
As we have developed our program, we have tried to connect offerings with worship
themes. This has been a learning experience and we hope to continue these efforts next
Members of the TSCO committee for the 2008-09 church year will be Marina McIntire,
Gretchen Miller, and Marilyn Milne. Projects on our list of potential recipients include (but
are not limited to): Senior Connections volunteer program, Station Seven, the School
Garden Project, Nearby Nature, Healing Harvest, SMART (Start Making a Reader
Today), Church Women United, Centro Latino, and Next Step. Rachel Cummings,
Marina McIntire, Gretchen Miller
# UFO Group
The UFO (Unitarilist Fun Organization) was formed in 2002 as an intergenerational group
dedicated to building community within our church through service, socializing, and physical
Our group has been volunteering once a month at Food for Lane County (FFLC) since
December of 2002. This is a “come if you can” activity that allows participants to drop in
when time allows without having to make a permanent commitment. We have literally
diverted tons of food from the landfill. The food is repackaged and distributed to the hungry
all over Lane County. Participation in the FFLC volunteer night has been slipping over the
past few years. Our commitment is to provide at least 6 people on the second Friday of the
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month. We don’t always make this goal. Reverend Landale personally invited the
congregation to join him in volunteering one month, and this greatly increased participation
on that evening. Unfortunately this participation did not continue in subsequent months.
Hikes are offered periodically through the UFO Group. Hikes of varying length and
intensity are offered so that everyone can participate. We have also led snow shoeing
trips for the past several winters. A Willamette River bike trip included 2 UUs visiting
from Alaska, thanks to advertising on our website.
In 2008 we started organizing groups to attend performances at the Hult Center.
Participants met for dinner at a restaurant or private home and then enjoyed a show
together. We hope to continue this activity into the new church year.
The UFO group will no longer be sponsoring Circle Suppers. It has become increasingly
difficult to find people to host these dinners in their homes. The monthly third Friday
potlucks will still be available to fulfill this social function.
Last year the UFO group tried to begin a program with Habitat for Humanity. Many
people expressed interest in helping with the Habitat building project in Springfield. This
never got off the ground due to delays in the construction process and personnel
changes at the Habitat office. We have once again reminded them of our interest.
There are now over 100 people who have requested to be on the UFO Group e-mail list.
Not all of these people have actually gone to events, but we do have a pretty good cross
section of adults participating. Most of the sign ups for activities occur via the web.
There is no longer room in the social hall for a UFO table on Sundays.
In terms of future plans, we will continue to organize hikes, cultural events at the Hult
Center, and volunteers at Food for Lane County.
The webmaster currently manages three areas: the website, weekly
UpDate and the listservs.
The Website's purpose is to be a useful tool, first for visitors, 95% of whom begin their
search for a church to visit on the web. We offer sermon topics, a map and directions,
some interesting local church events such workshops and picnics, information about the
minister, the weekly Calendar (UUpDate), links to Childrens’ Religious Education and
Adult Enrichment pages, and a whole Newcomers section which includes our principles
and purpose, another page of what
UUs believe with specifics, what to expect at the church service - and what to wear, the
newsletter online, and a page about "Our Town." Newcomer Orientations are announced
whenever there is a new session offered.
With an equally important focus on members, we also provide on the website our Bylaws
and Policies, and a page of all the committees, collected and with contacts noted and
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links to their own web pages on the church site. We also offer pages for committees to
indicate what their work consists of and what needs they have, as well as their
successes. Committees and groups with workshops or other events are featured on the
front page and in the weekly UUpDate pages. There are also helpful pages, for email
and web tips, Netiquette suggestions, how to reduce spam, how to identify hoaxes and
scams, how to find ALL local UUCE listservs, and the site map, which features the
Tables of Contents of each category of page. These categories currently include the
main Introductory section, Visitor, Membership, Congregational Life, Religious
Education, Accessibility, New Building Project, History, Green Sanctuary, Music-Art-
Writing, Finances (and budget), Social Justice, Interweave, Leadership, and CUUPs.
The WEEKLY UUpDATE
The UUpDate is not meant to replicate the newsletter, but is intended to be a brief
reminder of what is happening in the next 10 days, plus mentions of what will be
happening in the near future, especially if any preparation needs to be made (such as
reading groups). We also include items of congregational interest, such as what is
happening regarding the Property Search, or where to find the Annual Reports, current
Budget, or newest Fiver Year plan. The quotations between sections in the UUpDate,
and the final section of Religious or Ethical (or vaguely related) news items, studies, and
opinions from churches, UU or other, across the nation, are the creative parts of the
UUpDate. The UUpDate can be found on the website itself, but it is also sent as an
email message to about 550 people, both members and non, local and potentially local.
The thirty-plus local UUCE listservs are intended to inform, to increase connections
among members during the week, and to help committees and groups communicate in
the post phone-tree age (while actively remembering that some of our members do not
have computer access). Management duties consist of blocking spam, clearing up log
jams, helping folks who are having trouble managing their listserv subscriptions,
teaching as many folks as possible in little pieces what they do not yet know about
email, the web, and even some other programs. We are still pleased to be working with
UUism.net for both the website and the lists. Martha Osgood manages most of the lists,
with Monica Frank as vice-manager. Monica manages SpontaneUUs and UUCE-Share,
with Martha in charge of Vice. Listservs include:
UUCE-News – almost everyone is on this listserv
UUCE-Share – gentle, personal discussions
UUCE-Chat – politics, current events, theology, silliness, bad jokes, banter and more
UUCEboard – just for the Board members, RE Director and Minister
Biz-UUCE – UUCE lay leaders, Coordinating Council and interested church members
PlainNews-UUCE – for the UUCE-News folks who prefer plaintext
Access; Care; Centennial (History and Celebration of our 100th in 2009); GreenSanc;
InterWeave; Pastoral Associates; Publications cluster; RE-Families; SJUUCE (Social
Justice at UUCE); SocAct.Cluster; SGM (Small Group Ministries); SPC (Strategic
Planning Committee); Sundays; UUYouth; Yammer (Young Adults 18-35); YA-Announce
(Young Adults 18-25); Worship Associates
Special interest group listservs
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Birders; CUUPs (Covenant of UU Pagans); SpontaneUUs; UFOs (Unitarilist Fun Org.)
BPOC (Building Project Oversight Committee); Capcam (Capital Campaign); CommPR
(Communications and PR); Finan (Finance); ValMatrix (Values); PropS (Property
PLANS AND CHALLENGES:
The website has made some slow, soft changes over the past 11 years, but it now
needs a major overhaul. This would include a new and more progressive design, and a
reorganization of categories: how the pages are related to other pages and how intuitive
and friendly it is for those unfamiliar with the organization of the website. Martha has
purchased Dreamweaver (a web-building program) and Contribute (which may allow the
leaders of groups and committees to refresh their own web pages on the church site),
and taken two classes in Dreamweaver in order to upgrade the possibilities. There IS a
There are about 140 pages on the website at the moment. We hope to reduce the
number and simplify the arrangement so that there is some real chance that the few
pages that do require regular changes can be handled by a potential office employee,
while other pages needing refreshing can be done at their leisure.
Photos for the website have been difficult – often they are not structured nor able to be
restructured for the needs of a web page. Ordinary shots often do not work. It would be
very useful for someone, who knows what would work, to take digital photos, crop and
prepare them, get permissions, and send photos to the webmaster targeted for specific
Finding someone(s) with plenty of time who would be interested in taking over all or
parts of this position has not been fruitful (yet). Those who have expressed an interest,
have had things come up, and they often have a family and a full-time job. Determining
how to break the three jobs apart has also been difficult. We'll keep working on this,
I am grateful to have had and to have this manner of participating in the success of the
church here in Eugene. My health has taken a few beatings lately, but webmastering is
never a burden. Working with such cooperative, cheerful folks on the common goal of
providing worthy and meaningful spiritual opportunities for the varied interests of church
members and friends is a huge blessing all by itself.
webmaster since September 1997
# Women’s Alliance
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The Women’s Alliance meets at noon on the second Friday of each month, year ‘round.
This year we have ten members who are also members of our mother organization, the
UU Women’s Federation. Meetngs have had an average of fifteen women in attendance
and as always the food was plenteous and very pleasing and the conversation friendly
Although no longer in charge of the kitchen, the Alliance has continued to take an
interest in its well being. We have done our share of laundry, occasionally cleaned the
refrigerator, and provided new cloth placemats for the general use of the congregation.
Membership is of an age that we do not undertake the level of church organization and
outreach social justice programs as was common in earlier years. We do discuss
ongoing interests of the church, changes in policy and program, and other topics of
general interest. We have just initiated a program aspect to our monthly meetings. As
our first speaker, and member of Alliance, Mehrmah Sadeh gave us a short history of
Persia, now known as Iran, which is also her country of birth, which was both interesting
Potluck meetings are open to all UU women members and friends. We are hospitable to
all drop ins, women and men, and are disappointed when anyone refuses our hospitality.
We have pronounced our new minister, the Reverend Stephen Landale, an “honorary
woman” in hopes that he will join us whenever possible for lunch and conversation.
Kathleen Dillon, President, Women’s Alliance
Wom'nSpirit is a new organization of UUCE which is sponsored under the Women's
Alliance. The Women's Alliance accepted our statement of purpose at their regular
meeting and agreed to sponsor us. We are a spiritual group open to all women with the
purpose of exploring the Feminine in the Sacred. We will be sharing our stories and
supporting one another in growing into our own spirituality. We will celebrate the nature-
based wheel of the year at Winter and Summer Solstice, Spring and Fall Equinox and
four lunar holidays, Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas and Samhain. Some events will be held
outdoors and some at the church. During the 2007-2008 church year, we held Imbolc
and Spring Equinox at UUCE sanctuary, Summer Solstice at Spring Willow Farm, and
Lammas at the Sunday morning service at UUCE. Fall Equinox was held at Spring
Willow Farm and Samhain at UUCE. For Winter Solstice we encouraged everyone to
join with CUUPs and/or other celebrations available in the community. We also began
meeting once a month to get to know one another better. In the next church year we
plan on doing more collaboration with CUUPs and nurture our monthly meetings.
# Worship Associates
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Rev. Carolyn Colbert retired in June of 2006 having spent several years gathering and
training the members of the “Worship Associates.” Our last meeting with her was a
planning session for the summer services and Dennis Reynolds was the chairperson. In
September 2006, Rev. Jeanne Melis Mills arrived as our interim minister. Rev. Jeanne
brought great energy and new ideas but departed for medical leave in late December. In
January 2007, Rev. Margaret Keip and Cecilia Kingman-Miller replaced her as our
Interim Ministry Team. It was a challenging and exciting year.
With the departure of our Interim Ministry Team in June of 2007, the Worship Associates
Group began crafting and presenting the summer services: Great Story, Ethics,
Personal Spiritual Practice, Hiroshima, First Harvest, Accessibility. We welcomed guest
presenters and reached deeply into our own passions.
With the “Gathering of the Waters” service on September 9, 2007, our new minister
settled into his role as leader of our church community with a welcoming and preaching
style that we have become very grateful for. It could be described as a warm
engagement of heart and mind.
What Rev. Steve has asked of the Worship Associate Group is an ongoing examination
and refinement of our Worship process, the elements that make it up, and our own
spiritual depth and identity. Always with an “Eye on the Sacred,” we work with him on the
needs of the congregation at this crucial meeting point - the Sunday Service.
We continually refine the role of the “Anchor” who sets up and oversees the “House,” is
the “go to” person as special needs come up and “Holds” the energy of the space.
We examine how the Associate’s “Welcome and Announcements” are working (more
sense of warm welcome – fewer announcements). Whether we shake hands first or go
through an hour of worship together and end with joined hands (the latter).
Rev. Steve has introduced: a time of transition after the children and youth go to their
classrooms – “Meditation in words, in silence and in song,” a standard way of receiving
the collection “For the work of this church…” an embracing “Candles of Community.” All
are intended to offer familiar and grounding elements of ritual and all help the
“Associate” participate in “Shaping Worth.”
Most Sundays we assist the minister while he’s in the pulpit, but about once a month he
gets a much needed break away to rest or go to trainings and UU district events. It then
is our Group’s responsibility to continue and reinforce the worship experience and bring
in other presenters and elements of interest to the congregation.
This year we’ve sponsored our UUCE historian Gil Osgood, Rev. Dawn Gregg (Liberal
Lutheran), gay rights author Marc Adams, Rev. Edgar Peara (UU emeritus). Worship
Associate members have led services on such topics as Thanksgiving’s
Historical/Mythical Beginnings (Holly Garrow, August Sabini and David Bockoven), New
Year’s Looking Back and Blessing Our Future (Marilyn Junkins and Anna Sontag), Eagle
and the 22nd Psalm (Seminarian Dennis Reynolds), Buddha-UU-ism (Jake Walsh and
Anna Sontag), Women in Leadership (Anna Sontag and Nisco Junkins).
Worship Associate Julia Knowles was pivotal in the “Installation Ceremony” that was
held, during a record snow storm, downtown at First Christian Church, where the whole
congregation could officially welcome Rev. Stephen A. Landale. Months of effort by task
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force members, special event workers, planners, coordinators, shirt decorators and a
secret “Pulpit Gang” (who surprised Rev. Steve with a new and wider pulpit/lectern)
resulted in a grand ceremony with many guests, including our past minister Rev. Carolyn
Throughout the winter and spring we have been examining the Group’s roles and, with
Rev. Steve, looking toward the future interaction of the Worship Associates with other
groups involved with the tasks of the church on Sunday mornings. This “Sunday Service
Cluster” will probably include Worship Associates, Religious Education, Sound,
Membership, Accessibility, Ushers, Greeters, Music, Kitchen, and any other groups
involved with the Sunday Church experience. Together we hope to serve the evolving
needs of this beloved church community.
In the fall of 2008, Rev. Steve and the Worship Associates plan to have a Worship
training for new members to this group. The past year has seen the creation of many
new groups and committees throughout the church and some alumnae Worship
Associates have stepped into other roles. We would like to have a few more members
who can commit to being the Anchor or Associate “one Sunday out of 6 or 8.” As with all
committees here, we’ve been asked to work on succession of committee “chairs.” Julia
Knowles had been considering becoming co-chair or chair-elect but decided to take a
break. In May, I asked d. maria to join me as co-chair which she has kindly agreed to
do. In our meetings together I am delighted to be able to share the issues, problem
solving, and planning with her. She brings vigor and clarity to the process.
My deepest thanks and gratitude go to all the folks who have worked to make our
Jake Walsh, co-chair of Worship Associates
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