First Time Visitor

Welcome! We're glad you want to explore our community of faith.

Services are held each Sunday at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary. 

Please join us for a social hour following the service--downstairs in Fuller Hall, or across the pedestrian breezeway in the Buchan Reception Room.

Learning Community classes for children and youth are offered at the same time. Learn more: Learning Community

Hear what Unitarian Universalism means to a wide variety of individuals who share their stories in Voices of a Liberal Faith (a short, engaging video produced by the Unitarian Universalist Association.)

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.
Office: 1034 SW 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97205

Click  for:
Parking Map
Written Directions
Map of First Unitarian Campus
A colorful  photo tour of our church ---taken all around our downtown Portland campus.
An overview of our 150 year history in the city of Portland. Learn about our first called Minister (1867), Rev. Thomas Lamb Eliot, and the legacy of civic institutions he helped establish in Portland.

100_1290_smallThe primary entrance to the Sanctuary and/or to Fuller Hall is via doors on the corner of SW Main at 12th.  A short stairway (inside) leads up to the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary building, however, is fully accessible from street level via the single door on SW 12th about half way up the block. An elevator located just inside will take you up to the Sanctuary level, or down to Fuller Hall.

Eliot Chapel faces SW 12th Ave., at the corner of Salmon. A short set of steps lead from the sidewalk to the Chapel front doors. However, full accessibility to Eliot Chapel is available by going down the brick walkway to the left of the building, then entering the right-side door, and proceeding forward to the indoor Chapel entrance on Eliot Hallway. 

( Map of First Unitarian Campus .)

As you enter the lobby, look for our Welcome Desk. A friendly host will be there to greet you and answer questions. You may make a visitor nametag, sign our guest register, and pick up literature about church programs and activities. Our Learning Community program for children and youth is located in the Eliot Center and Buchan Building , on the north half of our block. Enter via the brick walkway on SW 12th, and once inside, stop at the Learning Community Information Desk to register your children, etc.

First-time visitors often wonder what to wear when they come to our church.  At our regular Sunday services, you'll see people in a wide range, from "Sunday best" to very casual attire; please wear what helps you feel most comfortable. After all, this is Portland!

A Social Hour follows the service in Fuller Hall
(directly below the Sanctuary) and in the Buchan Reception Room (Enter the Eliot Center via the brick walkway between our two buildings on SW 12th; pass the nursery and turn left and down the short hall toward the Buchan Reception Room).

Be sure to visit the Newcomer Table in Fuller Hall to learn more about First Unitarian.
Friendly hosts will be there to answer questions, and share information about our community of faith. Make a nametag or sign our guest register. Pick up free literature about our church, and then enjoy the Art Wall, our own bookstore, displays about our many programs... and a cup of coffee. All are welcome, and we look forward to meeting you!

Snow? Ice? Service Cancellations
To learn if an event, class or rehearsal has been cancelled due to weather, go to the First Unitarian website, and check the “Highlights” window (top center of the home page) where closures will be posted. Or, call the First Unitarian office after 4 p.m. and listen to the voice message (503-228-6389). Closure decisions are made by 3:45 p.m., and the voice message will provide updates. Decisions to cancel Sunday services or to reduce the number of services are made by 7 a.m. on Sunday morning. If time permits, we will try to send a special e-postcard regarding cancellations to everyone who regularly receives the e-news. Your good judgment is your best guide.