Monthly Archives: March 2017

DeReau Farrar Named Music Director

Dear Friends, Our more than year-long search process for a permanent Director of Music has been completed. The Advisory Search Committee has done an outstanding job of gathering feedback about each of the three final candidates from all of the choirs, as well as from other music staff, program staff and congregants. They conducted interviews, … Continued

The Great Mosque of Cordoba

  Visiting southern Spain was a dream of mine for many years. I was drawn to the history of peaceful, or at least non-lethal, co-existence of Muslims, Jews and Christians in the 700 years before 1492. There is real controversy today about how that period should be viewed. It most certainly did not represent an … Continued

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Poster, Deborah Kafoury, Peggy Snyder 20170306

Calling All Card-Making Artists

Our congregants enjoy purchasing hand-made cards from our congregant-artists.  Would you consider donating some of your cards to the bookstore to support our church?  You can bring them by the bookstore any Sunday – we will welcome any quantity you wish to give. Your cards will join two other card lines we carry produced by … Continued

Book & Media Sale

  UU Book Sale is Friday, Mar. 17 for members, Saturday, Mar. 18 and 19. Sidewalk Book Collection for UU Book Sale We are collecting books Sunday, Mar. 5 and 12, before each service. Drive up and drop off books, DVDs, and CDs in front of the 12th Ave. breezeway. Book sale volunteers will unload … Continued

Big Farms Make Big Flu – with author Rob Wallace

Big Farms Make Big Flu – Dispatches On Infectious Disease, Agribusiness, And The Nature of Science In BIG FARMS MAKE BIG FLU, a collection of dispatches by turns harrowing and thought-provoking, Wallace tracks the ways influenza and other pathogens emerge from an agriculture controlled by multinational corporations. Wallace details, with a precise and radical wit, … Continued

Devotion and the Self

“Devotion” is our spiritual theme for March, and there are few words as challenging for religious liberals. Our view of truth is contingent, our understanding of justice is always evolving, and even our theology is a work in process. Devotion seems to call for complete commitment. We reserve the right to change and grow. We … Continued

“Evicted” Now Available!

Just published paperback copies of “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” are now available in your church bookstore – $17. This book has been selected as the Multnomah County “Everybody Reads 2017” book; and the author, Matthew Desmond, will speak in Portland on March 9 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall as part … Continued

Congregational Concerns Forum (Feb. 2017)

In recent months, congregants have expressed concerns on several topics including: our church’s policy and decision-making processes, Dr. Keyes’ consultant report recommendations, Kate Lore’s departure, and our commitment to social justice. With the facilitation assistance of Fr. Jim Galluzzo of Portland’s Urban Spirituality Center, Board members and First U’s Executive Team addressed these important issues … Continued

Communications Committee Review (June 2015-May 2016)

During the 2015-2016 year the Communications Committee accomplished the following: · Cleaned up and updated our webpage to be more current. · Cleaned up and updated Board-related pages on the church’s webpage. Information during the year was more accurate and timely. · Issued the annual Congregant Survey and received one of the highest participation rates … Continued