Author Archives: Kathryn Estey

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.

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, … read more.

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 … read more.

Family Forward Oregon

This month we share our offering with Family Forward Oregon. Family Forward’s mission is to ensure more women and families are economically secure—with a particular focus on public education around the issues that prevent economic security, particularly for women.  Family Forward provides education on … read more.

Muslim Educational Trust

We share our July plate offering with the Muslim Educational Trust (MET).  MET was founded with the dream of helping to help create an open, empowering, and collaborative atmosphere within the Muslim community in the greater Portland area. MET’s educational programs for Muslims and non-Muslims … read more.

Input on Police Chief Search

Portland is currently searching nationwide for a new chief of police. Please come sign the church’s letter to Mayor Wheeler outlining what we see as vital competencies and capabilities for any candidate, especially with regard to addressing racial inequity in hiring and crime prevention policies. … read more.

Clay Street Table

We share our plate during this month of June with Clay Street Table.  Their meals program and food pantry have become a major source of food for those experiencing poverty and homelessness in our southwest neighborhood of downtown Portland.

The roots of this program date … read more.

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism

This month we share our Sunday offering plate with Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU).  Black Lives of UU provides information, resources and support for Black Unitarian Universalists and works to expand the role and visibility of Black UUs within our faith.  BLUU provides guidance … read more.

Quarterly Congregant Budget Meeting


All members and friends are invited to attend our regular quarterly congregant budget meeting this Sunday, May 14, at 10:30 a.m. in the Channing Room (A101).  The Finance Committee will report on the church’s nine-month financial results and the proposed fiscal 2018 budget.