Rich History, New Beginnings
Milwaukie United Church of Christ
The Milwaukie Congregational UCC had its beginnings in the 1890’s when the Ardenwald neighborhood of Milwaukie, Oregon was known as Willsburg, and the entire area was covered with woods. With a grant from the Congregational Church Building Society, and the proceeds from one farmer’s entire crop of strawberries, ground was broken, dreams were planted and building began.
Today, over a century later many dreams have been planted and taken root, including friendship, support and resettlement assistance for over twenty refugee families from Cambodia and Viet Nam. The establishment of the Logus Road Preschool, which has nurtured families for over 25 years. More recently Swan House, an adult foster care facility for persons living with HIV, and Madrona House (formerly Longbourn House), a residence for drug affected women with children were built. Both homes operate adjacent to the church grounds on property donated by the congregation.
Kairos United Church of Christ
Kairos UCC was founded in 1984. From the basement of the Lewis and Clark Chapel, to the gym at the Franciscan Renewal Center, this nomadic congregation has been deeply committed to living the gospel in word and deed through ministries with the homeless, street youth, drug-affected men and women, and mission support to people and programs in Nicaragua, Cuba and Guatemala.
Two Become One
Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ became one congregation in 1999. In our new life together as one church community we have found kinship and understanding, and new strength to serve the cause of Christ.
For every planter who planted, for every worker who worked, for every soul who prayed, for ever pastor who pastored, for every friend who sacrificed, for every suggestion and challenge, for every gift and exasperation that brought us together into this sacred union we are grateful to the God who is forever inviting us to draw the circle of our family ever wider.