Directory of Other Adult Programs:
UU Men's Community
Poetry Writing Group
Leaping Frogs Writers Collective
Partner Church Program
Caregiver Support Group
Women's Dream Group
Contemplative Practice Groups
The Alliance traces its roots to the historic “Ladies Sewing Circle” which was instrumental in the founding of First Unitarian Church in the 1860s. The group has evolved to include men and strives to be representative in age, gender, race, and ethnicity of the larger church congregation. The Alliance meets the first Wednesday of the month, Sept.–May, 11:30am–1:30pm in the Buchan Reception Hall. Luncheons are sometimes catered and sometimes brown bag. We support our activities through an annual membership fee of $10. We serve the church community by promoting friendships and working toward common goals. We raise additional funds each year, primarily through our annual Greens Sale in December. These funds are awarded as monetary grants to support church and community, programs which benefit primarily women and children. Alliance programs educate and entertain and are open to all. Details of future programs and Alliance activities are found on The Alliance webpage.
UU Men’s Community
An open group where men of all ages can share life experiences, learn from each other, develop friendships, support one another, and have fun. Meets the third Saturday of the month, 9-11am. Contact: Don Liedel, 503-319-8934 or Luke Groser, 503-946-8187. Or, visit their website.
Writing Circlemeets on the third Tuesday from 6:30-8:30pm to facilitate and share in the writing process. They write together from prompts as well as read some of our favorite short pieces. By leaving the critiques behind, this group provides a place and time “to get the juices flowing” and exchange positive response. Open to all on a drop-in basis. Contact: Sally Young, 503-652-6349.
Poetry Writing Group meets the second and fourth Thursdays, 7–8:30pm. Bring your imagination, insights, humor, and wit. Bring your hidden child to be discovered, or your lost talent that wants to be realized. We are a small group of gentle people who gather to encourage each one’s poetic voice in an intimate setting. No poetry writing experience is necessary. Contact: Barry Green, 360-713-7148.
Making deep friendships and sharing life’s journey are precious parts of spiritual life. If you seek rewarding connections with other women at First Church, you might consider joining a Women’s Circle. Various circles meet twice monthly, either in the morning or evening. Each group is managed slightly differently and has a particular focus. All groups focus on rewarding personal connections. Some do this through discussions, others through personal support, spirituality, or dream sharing and personal dream interpretations. All groups are member-led. Most groups open and close depending on their size. New groups form as there is interest.
II: Meets second and fourth Mondays at 7 p.m. Contact: Harriet Levi, 503-452-8277.
III: First and third Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in Channing Room. Contact: Kate Birdsall
Other Service Groups
Bed & Breakfast Program. This program for UU travelers coordinates short-term home stay with local congregants. A modest financial contribution benefits the church. Visitors are hosted in a variety of accommodations throughout the metro area. Contact: Anne Mabley, 503-288-3530. See the B&B information flyer
Lay Ministry. This group of trained church members offer one-to-one caring and support to fellow church members in times of need, including spiritual crisis, major life changes (i.e. loss of loved one or employment), age or mobility isolation, health problems, etc. New Lay Ministers are chosen (through an application process) every few years. If you need to arrange for support or help, contact: the Church Office, 503-228-6389.