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

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  


Uprooting Racism

The Rev. Lissa Anne Gundlach was our guest preacher on Sunday, April 30.  She reminded us of the importance of examining racism within ourselves, our church, our denomination and our city, state and country.  She recommended a book that we carry in our bookstore: “Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice” by … Continued


Raise Your Voice – with Postcard Action Kits

Activism Made Fun, Easy and Beautiful!  When you write your elected officials, why not use a bold postcard to send your message? Full color postcards are available in themed packs of 18.  Choose from collections with a focus on:  the Environment; Women’s Equality; Earn My Vote; and Thank You (for those in Congress who do … Continued


Mother’s Day is May 14

Mother’s Day is May 14, and we have wonderful and unique cards to give to that special “mother” in your life – created by Waterknot Cards.  Do you want endearing or funny?  Lots of styles to choose from.  Find them in your Beacon Bookstore.


April is National Poetry Month

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?  Your Beacon bookstore carries some great poetry titles for adults and children alike. We carry several titles by Mary Oliver, a beloved poet of many of our congregants:  A Thousand Mornings, Why I Wake Early, and both of her Selected Poetry Volumes.  Our denomination’s Beacon Press … Continued



Hallelujah (and Alleluia) infused the Easter service message this year.  And Anne Lamott has just published her latest book titled:  Hallelujah Anyway:  Rediscovering Mercy. In Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy Lamott ventures to explore where to find meaning in life. “Mercy is radical kindness,” Anne Lamott writes in her enthralling and heartening book, Hallelujah Anyway. It’s the … Continued


Earth Day is April 22

Yes, climate change IS real, and these books help us understand that reality better.  These books (and others) are available in our bookstore. Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know by Joseph Romm “An up-to-date, comprehensive examination of the science behind climate change, what these environmental issues mean for the future, and possible clean energy solutions.” … Continued


The Refugee Crisis from a Child’s Perspective

As adults, we struggle to grasp the magnitude, depth and complexities of the refugee crisis.  Our children are not immune from the realities of this humanitarian crisis.  There are some great books available in our bookstore to help them comprehend and relate to this issue: The Journey by Francesca Sanna   Age 3-7 years  $18 With … Continued


i carry your heart with me

The Chamber Choir sang a beautiful rendition of the song titled “i carry your heart with me” on Sunday, March 26. The title comes from a poem written by ee cummings, first published in 1952, and is now adapted in a beautiful children’s book by the same name. “I Carry Your Heart With Me is … Continued