Unitarians grow in faith, space

February 22, 2015 - fall Denim

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Lewis and Sylvia McFarland enjoyed some coffee and snacks as they wandered around a Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregons categorical entertainment gymnasium during a post-service coffee and review hour on Feb. 15.

We adore this new building, pronounced Sylvia McFarland, who has come to a fellowships services given she and her father changed to Bend final fall.

Keeping with beliefs that surveillance a significance of a approved routine and environmental stewardship, a fellowships members spent a past 3 years conceptualizing and building their new assembly place only south of Summit High School during a dilemma of NW Skyliners and Skyline Ranch roads.

Theyve reason services during this new, $7.9 million structure for a past 4 Sundays and are looking brazen to hosting a New Home Celebration for their building this spring, once all of a finishing touches are complete.

There is only something special about a suggestion of this building, brotherhood mouthpiece Susie Hickman pronounced as she guided a debate of a building this month.

Its a place where people can come and accumulate in community.

Like many of a churchs members, Sylvia McFarland pronounced a 18,000-square-foot structure was a acquire change from a many tighter buliding supposing by a UUFCOs prior assembly space, a Old Stone Church in downtown Bend.

She was also gay by a fact it had a new wing of classrooms for a fellowships eremite scrutiny module a chronicle of Sunday propagandize and that this module would give UUFCOs 165-member assemblage a possibility to move in new members and grow.

The beliefs

According to a website, a 800,000 members of a Unitarian Universalist Association a eremite classification shaped when a American Unitarian Association and a Universalist Church of America joined in 1961 follow a array of 7 beliefs that beam their brotherhood and their idea to emanate a space where people from all opposite forms of eremite backgrounds feel welcome.

These beliefs include:

Believing in a fundamental value and grace of any chairman and his ability to do good.

Valuing justice, equity, care and a purpose they play in tellurian relations.

Being means to accept other people for who they are and inspire their devout growth.

Valuing an people ability to launch a giveaway and obliged hunt for law and meaning.

Using a approved routine to make decisions.

Creating a village that values peace, autocracy and probity for all.

Respecting a interdependent web of existence and nature.

Hickman pronounced these beliefs are featured heavily in a pattern and construction of a UUFCOs new home.

Keeping with a fifth principle, she pronounced a fellowships assemblage drafted a 14-point matter of aspirations that stressed a qualities it wanted a church to have. The assemblage afterwards separate into particular work groups, any of that took on a several aspect of a buildings design, that helped breeze a 44-page news a fellowships pattern cabinet could follow when it worked with a designers.

Every preference in this building was done by a committee, she said, adding these papers along with reports generated by a fellowships sustainability and visioning workshops were posted to a website so everybody could follow a routine as it was holding place.

Open and tolerable

Each of these reports stresses a fellowships enterprise to emanate a space that is warm, mouth-watering and acquire while also being good stewards to a sourroundings and regulating tolerable building methods, healthy light and local foliage wherever possible.

These themes also uncover adult on Hickmans debate of a building as she walks past unisex bathrooms indifferent for families and transgender individuals, bathrooms in a eremite scrutiny classrooms that have knee-high toilets and sinks so that tiny children can use them, and a digital touchscreen during a buildings entrance approach that provides people with information about a fellowship, a beliefs and a arriving events.

Hickman pronounced dual vast wooden panels in a buildings Founders Fireside Room can be pulled brazen to emanate a space where people can reason private meetings and events or comfort great babies yet unfortunate a rest of a brotherhood during a services. Each bureau in a buildings executive wing has a glass-paneled doorway to foster an open-door policy, she said, while a remaining workspace has an open building plan.

Large extraneous windows and potion doors fill a building with healthy light while also formulating an apparition that zero separates a buildings interior from a sagebrush and hunger trees that approximate it on all sides as partial of a 22-acre lot.

The buildings stonework was put in during an angle so it seems to follow a suns light over a march of a day, Hickman said, while a extraneous landscape facilities what she calls a dedicated grove, where depressed trees and snags were left outward a sanctuarys behind window to emanate a medium she hopes will attract birds and other creatures.

Reading from a list in her debate guides packet, Hickman pronounced a insulation used in a buildings walls was done from recycled denim, a extraneous siding and interior walls are done out of western cedar, a floors are done of white ash and a nontoxic form of linoleum, and a interior and extraneous stonework is done out of welded tuff a form of volcanic stone that was quarried from a mark reduction than half a mile divided from a building.

Theres only so many cold things about this place, Hickman said. Because of these features, she added, a UUFCOs new trickery will accept a Earth Advantage Commercial programs Platinum acceptance when a work is complete.

Room for expansion

Hickman pronounced a buildings pattern and joining to tolerable building practices has generated a lot of seductiveness in a brotherhood and thats resulted in a spike in assemblage during a Sunday morning services. She pronounced 195 people showed adult during a fellowships Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 services, according to a records, that is considerable deliberation it has 165 active members on a books. A many smaller throng attended a fellowships Feb. 15 use ,but that could be accepted given it was Presidents Day weekend and people competence have been out of town.

We competence need to start holding dual services a day, Hickman said, observant a fellowships refuge room can chair 215 people and that ability could simply be exceeded if a assemblage continues to grow.

John and Pam Horwich, who have been entrance to UUFCOs services given they changed to Bend during Christmastime, also beheld a spike in assemblage thats come given a fellowships building opened. Theyve also beheld a lot of these new attendees are younger than a fellowhips normal member, who, Hickman said, was some-more expected to be in his 50s than 30s.

We wish to attract some-more immature families, pronounced John Horwich, who thinks a buildings new eremite scrutiny classrooms will give immature couples who have children or are meditative about carrying children an inducement to stay. (Classroom space) was positively singular in a aged church.

Hickman pronounced a ability to attract younger members quite those who have children or are meditative about carrying children was unequivocally a tip priority for a fellowships pattern cabinet and a altogether membership when they looked during what facilities they wanted to embody in a new building.

She pronounced a buildings eremite scrutiny wing has a vast space where a fellowships members can demeanour after infants and toddlers during a services.

There are also bedrooms designed to residence children who are in kindergarten by a second grade, third- by fifth-graders, along with center and high propagandize students. All 3 classrooms are related by a pathway that runs past a ping-pong list and outward to a site of an outward play area that should be finished in Apr and a array of walking trails Hickman pronounced are partial of a buildings subsequent proviso of development.

Hickman pronounced these walking paths are also designed to move in new and younger members given theyre designed to couple a fellowships new building with a Phils Trail network of towering biking trails. Keeping this idea in mind, a building facilities a showering church members and employees can use if they bike to services or simply need to get purify after a discerning float on a trail.

She pronounced a fellowships long-term goals also embody installing solar panels a building is connected for these panels yet zero have been commissioned and crafting a rock-lined intricacy that will give people a possibility to discuss and simulate as they snippet a round path.

We unequivocally adore this buidling, pronounced Kathy Day, a member of UUFCOs residence of trustees. Its a vast step up.

Reporter: 541-617-7816, mmclean@bendbulletin.com

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Lewis and Sylvia McFarland enjoyed some coffee and snacks as they wandered around a Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon’s categorical entertainment gymnasium during a post-service coffee and review hour on Feb. 15.

“We adore this new building,” pronounced Sylvia McFarland, who has come to a fellowship’s services given she and her father changed to Bend final fall.

Keeping with beliefs that surveillance a significance of a approved routine and environmental stewardship, a fellowship’s members spent a past 3½ years conceptualizing and building their new assembly place only south of Summit High School during a dilemma of NW Skyliners and Skyline Ranch roads.

They’ve reason services during this new, $7.9 million structure for a past 4 Sundays and are looking brazen to hosting a “New Home Celebration” for their building this spring, once all of a finishing touches are complete.

“There is only something special about a suggestion of this building,” brotherhood mouthpiece Susie Hickman pronounced as she guided a debate of a building this month.

“It’s a place where people can come and accumulate in community.”

Like many of a church’s members, Sylvia McFarland pronounced a 18,000-square-foot structure was a acquire change from a “much tighter quarters” supposing by a UUFCO’s prior assembly space, a Old Stone Church in downtown Bend.

She was also gay by a fact it had a new wing of classrooms for a fellowship’s eremite scrutiny module — a chronicle of Sunday propagandize — and that this module would give UUFCO’s 165-member assemblage a possibility to move in new members and grow.

The beliefs

According to a website, a 800,000 members of a Unitarian Universalist Association — a eremite classification shaped when a American Unitarian Association and a Universalist Church of America joined in 1961 — follow a array of 7 beliefs that beam their brotherhood and their idea to emanate a space where people from all opposite forms of eremite backgrounds feel welcome.

These beliefs include:

• Believing in a fundamental value and grace of any chairman and his ability to do good.

• Valuing justice, equity, care and a purpose they play in tellurian relations.

• Being means to accept other people for who they are and inspire their devout growth.

• Valuing an individual’s ability to launch a giveaway and obliged hunt for law and meaning.

• Using a approved routine to make decisions.

• Creating a village that values peace, autocracy and probity for all.

• Respecting a interdependent web of existence and nature.

Hickman pronounced these beliefs are featured heavily in a pattern and construction of a UUFCO’s new home.

Keeping with a fifth principle, she pronounced a fellowship’s assemblage drafted a 14-point matter of aspirations that stressed a qualities it wanted a church to have. The assemblage afterwards separate into particular work groups, any of that took on a several aspect of a building’s design, that helped breeze a 44-page news a fellowship’s pattern cabinet could follow when it worked with a designers.

“Every preference in this building was done by a committee,” she said, adding these papers along with reports generated by a fellowship’s sustainability and visioning workshops were posted to a website so everybody could follow a routine as it was holding place.

Open and tolerable

Each of these reports stresses a fellowship’s enterprise to emanate a space that is warm, mouth-watering and acquire while also being good stewards to a sourroundings and regulating tolerable building methods, healthy light and local foliage wherever possible.

These themes also uncover adult on Hickman’s debate of a building as she walks past unisex bathrooms indifferent for families and transgender individuals, bathrooms in a eremite scrutiny classrooms that have knee-high toilets and sinks so that tiny children can use them, and a digital touchscreen during a building’s entrance approach that provides people with information about a fellowship, a beliefs and a arriving events.

Hickman pronounced dual vast wooden panels in a building’s Founders Fireside Room can be pulled brazen to emanate a space where people can reason private meetings and events or comfort great babies yet unfortunate a rest of a brotherhood during a services. Each bureau in a building’s executive wing has a glass-paneled doorway to foster an open-door policy, she said, while a remaining workspace has an open building plan.

Large extraneous windows and potion doors fill a building with healthy light while also formulating an apparition that zero separates a building’s interior from a sagebrush and hunger trees that approximate it on all sides as partial of a 22-acre lot.

The building’s stonework was put in during an angle so it seems to follow a sun’s light over a march of a day, Hickman said, while a extraneous landscape facilities what she calls a “sacred grove,” where depressed trees and snags were left outward a sanctuary’s behind window to emanate a medium she hopes will attract birds and other creatures.

Reading from a list in her debate guide’s packet, Hickman pronounced a insulation used in a building’s walls was done from recycled denim, a extraneous siding and interior walls are done out of western cedar, a floors are done of white ash and a nontoxic form of linoleum, and a interior and extraneous stonework is done out of welded tuff — a form of volcanic stone — that was quarried from a mark reduction than half a mile divided from a building.

“There’s only so many cold things about this place,” Hickman said. Because of these features, she added, a UUFCO’s new trickery will accept a Earth Advantage Commercial program’s Platinum acceptance when a work is complete.

Room for expansion

Hickman pronounced a building’s pattern and joining to tolerable building practices has generated a lot of seductiveness in a brotherhood and that’s resulted in a spike in assemblage during a Sunday morning services. She pronounced 195 people showed adult during a fellowship’s Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 services, according to a records, that is considerable deliberation it has 165 active members on a books. A many smaller throng attended a fellowship’s Feb. 15 use ,but that could be accepted given it was Presidents Day weekend and people competence have been out of town.

“We competence need to start holding dual services a day,” Hickman said, observant a fellowship’s refuge room can chair 215 people and that ability could simply be exceeded if a assemblage continues to grow.

John and Pam Horwich, who have been entrance to UUFCO’s services given they changed to Bend during Christmastime, also beheld a spike in assemblage that’s come given a fellowship’s building opened. They’ve also beheld a lot of these new attendees are younger than a fellowhip’s normal member, who, Hickman said, was some-more expected to be in his 50s than 30s.

“We wish to attract some-more immature families,” pronounced John Horwich, who thinks a building’s new eremite scrutiny classrooms will give immature couples who have children or are meditative about carrying children an inducement to stay. “(Classroom space) was positively singular in a aged church.”

Hickman pronounced a ability to attract younger members — quite those who have children or are meditative about carrying children — was unequivocally a tip priority for a fellowship’s pattern cabinet and a altogether membership when they looked during what facilities they wanted to embody in a new building.

She pronounced a building’s eremite scrutiny wing has a vast space where a fellowship’s members can demeanour after infants and toddlers during a services.

There are also bedrooms designed to residence children who are in kindergarten by a second grade, third- by fifth-graders, along with center and high propagandize students. All 3 classrooms are related by a pathway that runs past a ping-pong list and outward to a site of an outward play area that should be finished in Apr and a array of walking trails Hickman pronounced are partial of a building’s subsequent proviso of development.

Hickman pronounced these walking paths are also designed to move in new and younger members given they’re designed to couple a fellowship’s new building with a Phil’s Trail network of towering biking trails. Keeping this idea in mind, a building facilities a showering church members and employees can use if they bike to services or simply need to get purify after a discerning float on a trail.

She pronounced a fellowship’s long-term goals also embody installing solar panels — a building is connected for these panels yet zero have been commissioned — and crafting a rock-lined intricacy that will give people a possibility to discuss and simulate as they snippet a round path.

“We unequivocally adore this buidling,” pronounced Kathy Day, a member of UUFCO’s residence of trustees. “It’s a vast step up.”

— Reporter: 541-617-7816, mmclean@bendbulletin.com


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