of the VALLEY

41685 Date St., ste. 100
Murrieta, CA 92562
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1312
Murrieta, CA. 92564

Worship with Us every Sunday Live and on Zoom at 10am

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We stand in solidarity with all of our friends and family members who may be susceptible to the current public health concerns and have elected to modify our Sunday Services meeting in person and on Zoom. You can also view past Sunday services by clicking on the button below.   

Please reach out to the church if you have any concerns or needs by calling 951.698.1520 or emailing admin@ucvchurch.org. For information on our plan for resuming in-person Sunday services, please click here. Thank you and everyone please take care of yourselves.



There’s a fresh wind blowing in the Murrieta/Temecula Valley. It is the wind of openness and inclusiveness, the fresh breeze of a community built upon an affirmation approach to life which respects the customs and integrity of all persons. This fresh wind is called United Church of the Valley. This church comes from a tradition of calling and gathering God’s people to respond to the world with new eyes and new hearts. It is a church of vision and involvement. We unashamedly work hand in hand with our God to dismantle the fences which have been erected between people. We follow God’s vision of a just world where all will live peacefully, growing in their concern for each other.

Mission Statement

We are an inclusive, accessible and affirming community practicing Jesus' radical love.  We follow God's vision of a Just World where all live peacefully and in response we pursue the liberation of all living things from injustice and oppression.

Vision Statement

To be a vibrant, accessible to all, sanctuary where progressive, intergenerational Christians can come home. To create and nurture an inclusive community reimagining Jesus' message to the world and its people through justice and peace.

Shalom (Hebrew: שָׁלוֹם šālōm; also spelled as sholom, sholem, sholoim, shulem) is a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility and can be used idiomatically to mean both hello and goodbye.


Salam (Arabic: سلام, salām), sometimes spelled salaam, is an Arabic word that literally means "peace", but is also used as a general greeting, above all in Arab countries and by the Muslim countries around the world in general.

Peace Saying

How We Minister

United Church of the Valley we don't utilize a full time minister, but rather a rotating group of ministers who are creative thinkers. During the course of a month you might see the Rev. Fred Schaeffer, Rev. Stephanie Toon, Lee Eddy, Sandy Selby or Darcie Dunlop behind the pulpit. We enjoy a different approach as seen through a different pair of eyes each week. Not only does it keep us on our toes, but it keeps our minds fresh and open to new ideas and a new way of seeing that, which we have looked at the same way for years.

July 14th - Rev. Rachel Pryor

Rev. Rachael Pryor most recently served Associate Conference minister with the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference. Rachael also worked as Director of Engagement with Kansas Interfaith Action (KIFA), a statewide non-partisan legislative advocacy organization. Pin her time with KIFA, she helped grow KIFA from a single part-time staff to more than 5 full-time staff while tripling the budget. At the intersection of all these roles, Rachael finds a focus in building relationships and making connections. Her approach is strongly inspired by community organizing methods. 
From a family of farmers, teachers, and union workers in Southeast Michigan, Rachael grew up at Sylvania UCC just outside Toledo, Ohio, in the Northwest Association of the Ohio Conference.  She attended National Youth Event in 1996, where she learned of Woodstock International School in Mussoorie, India – the place where she would later graduate from high school.  After a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and two years teaching English through the Fulbright program in Austria, Rachael spent a year at Eden Seminary before transferring to Princeton Seminary for her M.Div. (class of ’07). She has served local churches with the UCC, ELCA, and Episcopal Church in California, Pennsylvania, and Kansas. Rachel and her family have just relocated to Ventura with her husband Adam and their children Henry (13), Greta (10), Linus (4), and Melody (almost 2). She reads voraciously in all genres, plays tuba in the community band, cooks from scratch, and dreams of getting back to long-distance running now that snow isn’t likely to interfere. 

A new service is available every Sunday morning

New Designations Coming in 2024

Just Peace

A couple of years ago, UCV agreed that we wanted to go through the process of being able to be designated as a “Just Peace” church. The process is somewhat similar to that of becoming “Open and Affirming.” There is a time of study and then the congregation votes to proclaim a public identity as a justice-doing, peace-seeking church. This may be the time to rekindle our determination to seek this designation. If you are interested in learning more about or want to participate in this process, talk to Deb Hudson

Accessible 2 All

Accessibility to All (A2A) is about becoming attitudinally welcoming to people with disabilities and mental health issues as well as working to make our buildings physically and programmatically accessible to persons with disability. There is a process involved outlined by UCC that we will work through to acquire this designation.


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P.O, Box 1312
Murrieta, CA 92564

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Murrieta, CA. 92562

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