Early Years - 1958 to 1978

In 1958 a small group of families who wanted a religious education alternative for their children founded our Fellowship. Ours was one of many Fellowships throughout the country that Consultant Munroe Husbands helped to get started through his work with the American Unitarian Association and later the Unitarian Universalist Association.

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Retrenching Years - 1978 to 1990

In the late 1970s the Fellowship's vitality began to lag and membership started to decline. The building became difficult to maintain and eventually was sold. By the early 1980s membership was at an all-time low of five people. Ken Robinson, a retired mill worker, decided to try to revitalize the Fellowship.

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Years of New Possibilities - 2006 to 2012

In 2006 Rev. Pupke decided to accept a position as the minister in Richmond, Virginia. A new phase of our Fellowship began with the search to call a permanent, if part-time, minister.

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Years of Regrowth - 1990 to 2006

During the 1990s the face of Bend began to change. The word got out about Bend's sunny weather and incredible recreation opportunities. Bend became a rapidly growing destination and retirement community. Some of those arriving were retirees from larger cities with well-established Unitarian Universalist churches.

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Years of Building & Preparation - 2013 to 2014

During Rev. Alex Holt’s ministry we started small group ministry/covenant groups, adopted a relational covenant, started a conflict management process, made some complex policy changes, and assisted the leadership team in restructuring our organization to meet the needs of building ownership. At the end of his ministry with us the congregation had over 160 members.

We completed a successful Capital Campaign for finalizing building funding, completed the planning and design phases for the New Home, and broke ground in September 2013.

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