Located in Fuller Hall, the bookstore (which started life in a closet in the 1960’s) has grown to a vibrant, welcoming respite for all congregants and visitors to First Unitarian Portland. It supports the spiritual mission and principles of our church with offerings to stimulate and broaden our thinking as we move along our spiritual path, and help us better understand Unitarian Universalism.

In addition to religion and spiritual topics you’ll find books on current politics, sustainable living, social justice issues, books of contemporary poetry and literature, and a wide selection of titles for children. Books recommended for Adult Program classes can be purchased through the bookstore, and most any book can be special ordered. We support congregant authors and artists by carrying their books, notecards, and CDs.

First Unitarian Portland receives 30% of our book sales. Thank you for your support!

Beacon Bookstore Blog

All the Real Indians Died Off

All the Real Indians Died Off: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker Dina Gilio-Whitaker was a speaker at the 2017 Unitarian Universalist General Assembly held in New Orleans in June. This is an enlightening book by scholars and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker.  In the book, they … Continued


PANDORA (a fox, not a box)

Children’s books often have great messages for adults as well as children.  Such is the case with “Pandora” by British author/illustrator Victoria Turnbull. A fox named Pandora “fixes things”, including a bird with a broken wing – and a friendship is formed.  Pandora’s efforts to repair broken items in a throw-away world will inspire readers … Continued


To Wake, To Rise – New Meditation Book

Skinner House books has just released the 2017 Meditation Manual in its long-running annual series: “To Wake, To Rise: Meditations on Justice and Resilience” Our own Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Sinkford, is the editor of this anthology of 29 poems, prayers, and reflections about resisting oppression and keeping the faith in social action work. This … Continued


Humane Treatment of Animals

The UU Animal Ministry at First Unitarian is working hard to help us recognize the many ways that humane treatment of animals is central to our Principles as Unitarian Universalists.  Our bookstore also carries books on this subject. Some expose the cruelty that happens in our food chain, and others explore the wonder of animals … Continued


Wellspring Reading

Summer is the perfect time to read materials recommended for the Wellspring classes that start this fall.  Your bookstore carries four recommended books.  First three books are 20% off for a short time.  (Everyday Spiritual Practice is full price at $16.) Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker Palmer A … Continued


UU’s have Diverse Beliefs

Unitarian Universalists are a diverse group of individuals – we have diverse backgrounds and diverse beliefs. Skinner House, the publisher of titles specifically for our denomination, has published an excellent series of books celebrating and exploring some of these diverse beliefs.  Each is a collection of essays by leaders in these UU belief groups. So … Continued


Unitarian Universalist History

Catch up on your Unitarian Universalist history this summer. Denomination History Your bookstore has several titles, the newest is a just published two-volume history entitled “A Documentary History of Unitarian Universalism” edited by Dan McKanan. Volume I is prior to 1900; Volume II 1900-present.  $20 per volume.   First Unitarian History We also have a … Continued


Climate Change IS Real

The bookstore has some excellent books on the the reality of global warming and climate change.  Whether you are looking for specific steps that can be taken, the pull between business and the environment, or our moral obligation to do the right thing for our planet, your bookstore has these books along with several others … Continued


Our Transcendental Roots

A class in May is exploring the lives of Thoreau, Emerson, Fuller and Peabody.  The bookstore has several books to expand your knowledge of these well-known transcendentalists.  Here are some that we carry: The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism by Megan Marshall  This book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Margaret … Continued


Writing as Spiritual Practice

A class on this topic is happening four Wednesdays in May, 2017.  Our bookstore has two books on this topic. The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World by Holly Hughes  $15   Writing – The Sacred Art: Beyond the page to Spiritual Practice by Rami Shapiro $17