Monthly Archives: January 2018

Mary Gear’s Ordination

First Unitarian Portland and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem (UUCS) will jointly ordain Mary Gear, Acting Assistant Minister, on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. at UUCS, 5090 Center Street NE, Salem. A dessert reception will follow. We will celebrate Mary’s ordination here at … read more.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Monthly Theme: Prayer
Sermon Topic:
Choir: Chalice Choir


Ask and It Shall Be Given
Music: Jonathan Adams
Text: Matthew 7:7-8

Ask, and it shall be given you;
Seek, and ye shall find;
Knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For whosoever asketh receiveth;
And [they] that seeketh … read more.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Monthly Theme: Prayer
Sermon Topic: “We Hope, We Pray, We Make it So”
Choir: Unitarian Choir


As There Are Flowers
Music: Colin Britt
Text: Edna St. Vincent Millay

Still must the poet as of old,
In barren attic bleak and cold,
Starve, freeze, and fashion verses to
… read more.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Monthly Theme: Prayer
Sermon Topic: “Answering the Call of Love”
Choir: Chamber Choir


Wake Up, My Spirit
Music: Adolphus Hailstork
Text: Psalm 57:6-9

Wake up, my spirit!
I, myself, will waken the dawn.
Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God;
And your glory over all the earth.

Wake … read more.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Monthly Theme: Prayer
Sermon Topic: “To Hold with Care”
Choir: Unitarian Choir


Hear My Prayer
Music: Moses Hogan
Text: Moses Hogan

O [God], please hear my prayer;
In the morning when I rise.
It’s your servant bound for glory.
O dear [God], please hear my prayer.

… read more.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Monthly Theme: Creation
Sermon Topic: “Dialogue in Black and White”
Choir: Chalice Choir


The Storm is Passing Over
Music: Charles A. Tindley, arr. Barbara W. Baker
Text: Charles A. Tindley

Take courage, my soul, and let us journey on,
Tho’ the night is dark, it won’t … read more.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Monthly Theme: Creation
Sermon Topic: “Keeping Sabbath in a 24/7 World”
Choir: Chamber Choir


over the river in loud flood
Music: Rima Snyder
Text: Wendell Berry

over the river in loud flood,
in the wind deep and broad
under the unending sky, pair
by pair, the … read more.

January 2018 Moderator’s Letter

Greetings Fellow Congregants,

Happy New Year. Church life is busy as 2018 begins. I am pleased to report that the Annual Fund Drive (AFD) is currently at about 96% of our pledge goal. Volunteers are in the process of contacting folks who pledged last year … read more.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Music & Worship
Monthly Theme: Creation
Sermon Topic: Renaissance Within
Choir: Unitarian Choir


Missa: Puer Natus Est Nobis
Music: Thomas Tallis
Text: Traditional


Puer natus est nobis, et filius datus est nobis:
cuius imperium super humerum eius:
et vocabitur nomen eius, magni consilii Angelus

Cantate Domino canticum novum:
… read more.

Update on Leadership Transition

Many of you have heard the news that Cathy Cartwright-Chow has decided to retire, this June, as our Director of Family Ministries. Cathy has served the families and children of First Unitarian since 2003. When she was hired, religious education classes were held in the … read more.