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 … read more.

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 … read more.

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 … read more.

“Hallelujah”

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 … read more.

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, … read more.

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 … read more.

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 … read more.

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 … read more.