Author Archives: Kathryn Estey

Director of Music DeReau Farrar Offers Testimony

First U’s new Music Director DeReau Farrar offered a testimony during a recent Sunday service.  Many were moved by his message and asked if the video could be made available through our website.

The answer is yes! Click above to view this testimony.






How’s the Water?

Rev. Sinkford’s Blog …

David Foster Wallace began a commencement address at Kenyon College several years ago with this story:

“There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, ‘Morning, … read more.

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.

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.

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.

Last Week Was a Tough Week


Rev. Sinkford’s blog …

As some of you know, last Thursday UUA President, Peter Morales resigned amid controversy surrounding staff hiring and racial diversity. His decision followed reaction to a recent hire in which a white male minister was chosen over a Latina. It was the … read more.

The Problem With Resurrection

Our spiritual theme for April is “Resurrection.” This comes as little surprise to most of us. We will celebrate the Easter holiday in just weeks. If the long established pattern holds, attendance on Easter Sunday will be larger than any other Sunday morning during the … read more.

Financial Update for Members and Friends

In early February, we announced the results of this year’s Fund Drive. We continue to receive a few pledges through June, and pledge increases are always welcome; but it is clear that our pledge income will be 10% short of our goal. That amounts to … read more.