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The Ministry

Meet Our Ministers
Click to see photos and read bios of our ministerial team.

Also on this page:
Check the Electronic UU
Job Board
Our Lay Ministry Program
Caregiver Support Group


A Note About Parish Concerns/In the Community
If you are experiencing a joy or sorrow, or if you are aware of someone in the congregation who might benefit from ministerial contact, please let us know. An e-mailbox has been created specifically for joys and sorrows: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This mailbox is monitored by the minister on parish duty, and the convener of the lay ministers. When you submit a joy or sorrow, tell us how best to reach you (or the person you are bringing to our attention). Also, state if this information may be announced to the church community, or if it is for the minister’s eyes only.

Our Covenant:
The First Unitarian Church Covenant


Electronic UU Job Board
Seeking Job Postings!
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If you need a job: Join the UU Job Board Yahoo Group to share your resume, experience, and job needs with others and receive email from those with open jobs.
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Lay Ministry Program
As a faith community we strive to provide caring and support for those experiencing difficult times in their lives. These might include a spiritual crisis, loss of a loved one, an illness, a difficult life transition. Our ministers are available for pastoral care, to contact a minister, send a message to the church office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We also have a team a lay ministers who offer support through difficult times.  Lay Ministers are church members who offer one-to-one caring and support to fellow church members in times of need, including:spiritual crisis;major life changes, such as the loss of a loved one, loss of employment, divorce or retirement;isolation because of age, mobility problems, or for other reasons;health problems, illness or hospitalization; other personal life changes.

The Lay Ministry Program is not intended to replace the role of our church ministers or professional counselors. Its intention is to support the pastoral work of the ministerial staff, to be with members during times of need, and to help build a stronger church community.What are the helping and supporting activities of the Lay Ministers?

Lay Ministers are available to talk by phone or to meet with church members in their homes or in the hospital if so desired. Lay Ministers may offer support to church members in any of the following ways, depending on the wishes of the member:
--being present with the member;offering an opportunity for talk;offering empathy and emotional support; offering prayer – silent and spoken;
--offering referral to other sources of help.

The Lay Ministers are volunteers.
They are trained lay persons, committed to understanding, spiritual awareness, compassion, open-mindedness and integrity. Interactions with a Lay Minister are confidential.

How do church members in need arrange for help?
Members may call the church office at 503-228-6389. A minister or a Lay Minister Coordinator will be notified immediately. Generally, church members may expect a telephone call from a Lay Minister within 24 hours.

How might I become a Lay Minister?
A new group of lay ministers is chosen and trained every few years. Applicants are chosen by a selection committee. If you are interested in serving as a lay minister, contact the church office. We are here for you.

Care and Concerns Program
In addition to spiritual support, we offer the practical support of meals and rides to the doctor or to church. A caring team of congregants has volunteered to help with this effort and they are coordinated through the lay ministry program. If you could use this support please contact the church office.

Parish Concerns
On Sundays we make announcements about milestones in the lives of our congregants. We acknowledge deaths of congregants or close family members, illnesses, marriages and births. To be mentioned in parish concerns contact the church office or after hours contract the lay minister on call, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Caregiver Support Group
The Caregiver Support Group meets monthly on the fourth Sunday of each month from 10:45 am – 12:15 pm. The group is a gathering of congregants and friends of First Unitarian who are caregivers, family members caring for a loved at home, in a facility, or at a distance. The group experience provides information, support and inspiration to meet the challenges and cope with the ambiguity, stress and change of caregiving. Through discussion and reflection we are able to identify how this work can be a part of our spiritual practice. The group is open to new members; contact Helena Lee at 503-282-4144 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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