Monthly Archives: November 2017

Giving Thanks

I’ve been wondering what makes the difference. Gratitude for the blessings in our lives is almost universally praised by people of faith. We recognize gratitude as a virtue every Sunday when we give thanks for all we have received. “This is the day we have been given. Let us rejoice in it and be glad,” … Continued

Q Center Portland

For the month of November, as we raise up, remember, and celebrate the lives of transgender individuals of all identities, we share our plate offerings with Q Center. Located in North Portland, Q Center provides a safe space to support and celebrate LGBTQ diversity, equity, visibility, and community building. Its vision is of a broadened … Continued

Pacific Northwest District Chalice Lighters

Chalice Lighters Since its inception in 1990, UUs have provided over $800,000 through the Chalice Lighters program to help our congregations grow! This is pay-it-forward generosity, at its best. This Is Our Fall 2017 Call: Fund Growth Technology Initiative Grants Please help your fellow congregations communicate more effectively, inclusively, and vibrantly! Previous calls devoted to … Continued

The Quilting Continues…

The Quilts of Love group of First Unitarians now in its sixth year creating quilts and donating them to Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS). In response to a request for blankets for the shelter, similar to one in last week’s church bulletin, the group was started by a group of women who liked to sew and quilt. … Continued

November Moderator’s Letter

Greetings Fellow Congregants, The energy in the Church this fall has been wonderful.  And we have some great news.  As I write this, we are near 90% of our Annual Fund Drive (AFD) goal.  We are far ahead of where we were last year at this time.  The less good news is that we need … Continued

Thanksgiving: an Origin Story

This time next week many of us will be enjoying Thanksgiving meals, often with extended family. Some of us will be serving meals in shelters. The youth of the church will have delivered boxes of food to former guests at our 13 Salmon Family Shelter. As religious people, both the expression of gratitude for the … Continued

One Year

The Progressive and even the non-partisan or “fake” news was filled with the Democratic victories in Virginia, yesterday. All three state-wide offices were won by Democrats and it seemed the lower house of the legislature might turn from red to blue as well. The new Lt. Governor is African American. One of the newly elected … Continued

Transform or Transmit?

  “If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it.” — Richard Rohr Last week I traveled to Washington, DC. It was a trip that had several parts including a board meeting for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and reaching at the ordination of a new UU military chaplain. The … Continued