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Upcoming Services
Sunday, Apr. 27  

"No Time But Now... And No One But Us"
At 9:15 and 11:15am in the Sanctuary

1211 SW Main St., Portland  /  Directions

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Sanctuary: 1211 SW Main St.
Eliot Chapel: 1011 SW 12th Ave.  l  Directions

Handbell and gloves30th Anniversary
Handbell Concert 

Saturday, Apr. 26, at 7pm in the Sanctuary

Final Week! Board of Trustees 2014
 Congregational Survey.

Lift Our Spirits Auction
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Sundays, May 4, 11, 18


Sunday worship services are held at 9:15 and 11:15am in the Sanctuary (through Jun. 8, 2014).

We're located in downtown Portland, just a few blocks west of the Portland Art Museum.
The Sanctuary: 1211 SW Main St.
Eliot Chapel: 1011 SW 12th Ave.
Church Office: 1034 SW 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97205

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Map of Church Campus
Take a tour of our church with photos taken around our downtown Portland campus block.

First Unitarian Church has been an active and influential congregation in downtown Portland since its founding in 1866. We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Our theological roots go deep, tracing back to the early Christian era, though today for inspiration, we draw upon wisdom shared by many major world religions. As a free religion, our spiritual sources are many, including poetry and prose, from contemporary thinkers.

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If you're a first time visitor, click here for more information on what you can expect when you visit.

First Unitarian Church has a long and distinguished history in downtown Portland.
Learn more about the role this congregation played in the development of the city, and about Rev. Thomas Lamb Eliot, who began his ministry here in 1867, and who left an outstanding legacy of progressive institutions and a foundation of social justice works which we still emulate today.


The Seven Principles

This covenant between congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Churches reminds us that our community is based on higher priorities and values: 

We affirm and promote:
  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

The First Unitarian Church Covenant


  • Unitarian Universalism is a faith derived from generations of people who struggled to find their place in religion. Our founders were thinkers, doubters, truth seekers, people for whom justice mattered. Our roots in North America go back to the independent, self-governing churches of colonial New England that covenanted to help one another in times of need. In Europe, our heritage reaches back to religious and social reformers in England, Poland and Transylvania.

    Travel through our influential history in Portland with a narrated and illustrated presentation:

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