Look for the Adult Programs Winter/Spring 2018 Program Guide to Classes and Retreats on Sunday, January 21!


Adult Programs Committee and Friends

Members of the Adult Programs Committee help on Sundays with class and retreat registrations. Throughout the year they facilitate and steward classes, help publicize activities, offer hospitality at events, tend the labyrinth, manage the Channing Library, volunteer in the office, and produce a book-sale fund raiser for scholarships.



This walking meditation experience is offered on the first Sunday of every month, from 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Buchan Reception Room. The Friends of the Labyrinth Committee members will greet you at the door to answer any questions. Everyone is welcome. Friends of the Labyrinth chair: Patty Clement,  pattyclement@gmail.com


First Unitarian Portland Libraries

Check out our congregational libraries—the Channing Room Library and the Blue Sky Library. We have received so many wonderful donations that we opened a second location! The Blue Sky Library, located in A301, just above the Channing Room, includes children’s books, psychology, biographies, poetry, religion, and literature. The Channing Room emphasis is on Unitarian Universalism, World Religions, Spiritual Practice, and Social Justice. Both libraries have benefited recently from the donations of Ted Hollingsworth’s estate and from Rev. Marilyn Sewell. Check-out is an informal card system, based on trust. If you have questions or a donation please contact Diane Gutman at 503-328-8237.


Beacon Bookstore

Located in Fuller Hall, the bookstore has grown to a vibrant, welcoming respite for all congregants and visitors to First Church. 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, and 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. CD’s and paper copies of Sunday sermons are always available. We support congregant authors and artists by carrying their books, note-cards, and CDs.


Book and Media Sale

Raises funds for scholarships for Adult Classes and Retreats: March 16,17, and 18, 2018. We collect books, CDs, and DVDs year round for the Spring Book Sale. Clean out your bookshelves this summer and bring your good already-read books to the Adult Programs table on Sunday in Fuller Hall. If you have several boxes, you can bring them during the week to the office door on SW 13th Ave. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Contact Sarah McKenzie jennyreb@spiritone.com if you need help with a large donation.


“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
–Mahatma Gandhi

“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.”                                                          –Wendell Berry