Monthly Archives: April 2017

Mother’s Day is May 14

Mother’s Day is May 14, and we have wonderful and unique cards to give to that special “mother” in your life – created by Waterknot Cards.  Do you want endearing or funny?  Lots of styles to choose from.  Find them in your Beacon Bookstore.

Guest Blogger – Rev. Tom Disrud

The mission of First Unitarian Church calls us to promote “lifelong spiritual growth.” That happens in a lot of ways in what we do, I hope. But one way in particular is through the Wellspring program, which we’ve been offering for about five years. Wellspring comes out of the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Rochester, NY, … Continued

April Moderator’s Letter

Greetings Fellow Congregants, In the last month, there have been several high profile resignations at the UUA, including that of President Peter Morales, amid controversy over hiring practices (see more here). Your board supported both the UUA’s request, and Reverend Sinkford’s willingness, that he serve as interim co-president of the UUA until a new president … Continued

April is National Poetry Month

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?  Your Beacon bookstore carries some great poetry titles for adults and children alike. We carry several titles by Mary Oliver, a beloved poet of many of our congregants:  A Thousand Mornings, Why I Wake Early, and both of her Selected Poetry Volumes.  Our denomination’s Beacon Press … Continued


Hallelujah (and Alleluia) infused the Easter service message this year.  And Anne Lamott has just published her latest book titled:  Hallelujah Anyway:  Rediscovering Mercy. In Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy Lamott ventures to explore where to find meaning in life. “Mercy is radical kindness,” Anne Lamott writes in her enthralling and heartening book, Hallelujah Anyway. It’s the … Continued

Columbia Riverkeeper

This month we share our Sunday offering plate with Columbia Riverkeeper.  From the Columbia River’s headwaters to the Pacific Ocean, Columbia Riverkeeper works to protect and restore safe and clean water for the river communities and wildlife that depend on it. Through public education, legal enforcement, and organizing and engaging citizens, they are a leading voice in stopping … Continued

Guest Blogger, Rev. Thomas Disrud

I expect most of you have heard the news that Rev. Bill Sinkford has answered the call to be the interim president of the Unitarian Universalist Association from now until the end of June. A new president will be elected when the General Assembly meets then. In the meantime Bill, along with two co presidents, … Continued

Hymns! Glorious Hymns! (or Bridges Over Troubled Waters)

I love hymns. I LOVE hymns. Fast, slow, old, new, long, short, Unitarian Universalist, Baptist, Anglican, Isaac Watts, Frances Havergal. John Ireland, Charles Wesley, Virgil Stamps, Margaret Douroux, Jeanie Gagne, all. First Unitarian Church of Portland has a wonderful connection to contemporary Unitarian Universalist hymnody. Our Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Sinkford, commissioned both of the … Continued

Important Announcement!

Greetings Fellow Congregants, I write to share some news about the troubles at the Unitarian Universalist Association and how our congregation has been asked to help. As you may have heard, our UUA president, Peter Morales, has resigned in the midst of a controversy over hiring practices at the UUA. This has left the organization … Continued