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A Summary of First Unitarian Church
Groups, Programs, Choirs, etc. for Adults

Small group ministries are a wonderful way to deepen your connection to the larger church community. Find a group or program that interests you, and contact them to find out how you can get involved. 

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GENERAL ONGOING GROUPS

The Alliance
Meets the first Wednesday each month, through May, from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in Buchan Reception. This group traces its roots to the historic “Ladies Sewing Circle,” which was instrumental in the founding of First Unitarian Church in the 1860s. The Alliance serves the church community by promoting friendships and working towards common goals. Funds are raised—primarily for women and children—from within the church to support programs both in the church and in the community. Alliance programs educate and entertain, and are open to men and newcomers. Contact:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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, 9–11 a.m. Contact: Don Liedel, 503-772-2447 or Luke Groser, 503-946-8187. Or, visit their website, http://uumensgroup.pbworks.com/w/page/6227056/FrontPage
Poetry Writing Group
Meets the second and fourth Thursdays, 7–8:30 p.m. 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.
Young Adults Groups
This social, educational, and action group is open to 18–35 year olds. See the church website for event details.
Good Times Program
By coordinating a variety of smaller social activities, the Good Times program helps congregants to connect with others who share similar interests, and to develop a stronger sense of community. The welcoming, inclusive nature of these activities fosters good will and new friendships. Good Times activities can be energizing, engaging, thought provoking, or just plain fun, but ultimately they help integrate all of us into the larger congregation.
Good Times Activity Ideas: You Make Them Happen!
The heart of the committee’s work takes place during the many social events coordinated by church congregants who have good ideas and a yen to meet new people. Be an Event Coordinator yourself! Simply come to the Good Times table and complete a brief Event Proposal Form. We will publicize your activity in the Sunday Bulletin and elsewhere. We will also post your Activity Sign-up Sheet available at the Good Times table after each service. Prior to your event, you pick up the sheet so that you may call the participants with confirmation and details. Our current palate of activities includes: book discussions, Friday night social gatherings (TGIF), hiking, dining out “around the world,” art shows/museum visits, garden tours, theatre outings, and Circle Supper potluck gatherings. What do you like to do? The Good Times committee is always on the lookout for new and exciting ideas. Please visit the Good Times Table in Fuller Hall for more information, or our page on the church website.
Partner Church Program
First Church has a partner Unitarian church in Budapest, Hungary. This partnership was established by congregational vote in May, 2004 with the intent to develop cross-cultural ties, exchange theological, philosophical and political ideas and to engender mutual support of Unitarians around the world. Over the past six years we have indeed developed some wonderful friendships with our Unitarian brethren there and learned much about their lives and our Unitarian heritage. Learn more about our partnership with Budapesti Unitárius Egyházközség (and some catchy Hungarian phrases), as well as potential travel opportunities. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Writing Circle
Meets the third Tuesday of every month, 6:30–8:30 p.m., 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.


OTHER SERVICE GROUPS

Bed and 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.
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.
Caregiver Support Group
The Caregiver Support Group meets monthly on the fourth Sunday of each month from 10:45 am – 12:15 pm. The group is a gathering of congregants and friends of First Unitarian who are caregivers, family members caring for a loved at home, in a facility, or at a distance. The group experience provides information, support and inspiration to meet the challenges and cope with the ambiguity, stress and change of caregiving. Through discussion and reflection we are able to identify how this work can be a part of our spiritual practice. The group is open to new members; contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 503-282-4144 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
UUA Outreach Group
The Outdreach Group is our lay connection to UU congregations, other denominations, and faith organizations. We’ll help keep fellow congregants up-to-date on opportunities to participate in shared experiences with the broader UU world and other faith communities. Look for our table at the Sunday coffee hour. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUPS

Social Justice Council
This council, comprised of the leaders of each social justice group, plus three officers and the Social Justice Minister, is charged with overseeing and implementing the social justice mission of First Church. Contacts: Corey Cliffe, corey@limitless blue.com; or Ann Su, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Cuba AyUUda
This group holds a religious activities license providing legal travel to Cuba for those affiliated with First Unitarian Church. The purpose is to share Unitarian Universalism, foster citizen diplomacy, create and maintain friendships, bring much needed supplies to Cubans, and keep the struggles of the Cuban people on the radar screen for U.S. Americans. Contact: Woesha Hampson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Economic Justice Action Group (EJAG)
The Economic Justice Action Group promotes fair and just economic policies and practices for all citizens. Current issues include economic globalization, the balance of economic and corporate power, and preservation of our democratic process. Activities are both church- and community-based and include: education and research, publication, direct action, and work for campaign finance reform. Contacts: Michael Wade, Wade.Michael@com cast.net; Lynn Hanson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or Jared Gardner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
---The Real Wealth of Portland Project, a subgroup of EJAG, works to nurture a “Caring Economics” and to help Portland recognize the economic value of justice, equity and environmental sustainability. It promotes the use of credit unions and local banks and environmental sustainability. Contact: Marcia Meyers, marciajmeyers @yahoo.com or Jared Garner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Committee On Hunger and Homelessness (COHHO)
This group provides outreach, support and advocacy for homeless persons in our community. Activities include supporting Thirteen Salmon Family Center, our church’s special ministry for homeless families, and educating our church about the growing homelessness crisis. Contact: Chris Dickey, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
---13 Salmon Family Day Center. This day shelter works in partnership with Goose Hollow Family (night) Shelter to provide a continuum of care to  Portland’s homeless families. Hours of 13 Salmon operation are 8 a.m.–6 p.m., and volunteers are always needed. Contacts: Chris Dickey, dickeygriffith@hotmail; or Linda Craig, linda@quimby qlub.org. To volunteer contact: Allie Brucculeri, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.pdxphfs.org.
Habitat for Humanity Team: This team provides on-going volunteer opportunities on  local Habitat for Humanity projects. Contact: Evie Zaic, corey.resnick @comcast.net.
Mental Health Action Group (MHAG)
The work done by the Mental Health Action Group is a response to the calling of the first principle of Unitarian Universalism: to affirm and promote “the inherent worth and dignity of every person.” Our mission is to promote awareness and understanding of mental health issues across the life span within the church and community. Contact: Martha Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-775-8468.
Peace Action Group
The Peace Action Group brings information and events to the attention of church members in support of our Sixth Principle, “peace and justice in the world community.” The recent focus of Peace Action has been on the war in Iraq and related issues. In addition to a monthly work meeting, a potluck is held one Saturday each month. Contacts: Tess Beistel, 503-257-2042; or Carolyn Gillen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
---UUs for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) is a subgroup of the Peace Action Group and works within the Unitarian Universalist community to promote peace and justice in Israel-Palestine, including a settlement of the conflict affirming the equality, dignity, freedom and security of all peoples involved. Contact:  Curt Bell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Unitarian Pride
Unitarian Pride is the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Group of First Church, a “Welcoming Congregation.” The mission of this group is to provide outreach to LGBT and questioning youth and adults, and to be a visible presence at coffee hour. Group members organize social activities—both within the congregation and in the greater community—to help LGBT members connect with one another. Contact: Scott Winters, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Community for Earth
Based on the Seventh Principle, this group strives to connect our spiritual community to the sacred earth and inspire personal and congregational change through deeds, commitment to education, and faith in our ability to change the world for ourselves and our children. Community for Earth meets monthly every fourth Sunday, 9:30–10:30 a.m, B310. Contact Chris Abernathy, 503-246-2877.
UU Global AIDS Coalition
Provides education and action options to address the global AIDS epidemic and also raises funds to support AIDS orphans in Kenya. Contacts: Kirsten Carpentier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
First Share
First Share fosters congregants supporting each other with their resources, skills and time by encouraging a culture of sharing. Our aim is for our church to become a more resilient community and resource in our city. To get involved, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Paul Kidwell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
UU Service Committee (UUSC)
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is the human rights arm of our movement. UUSC works to advance justice worldwide by combining human rights education and advocacy in the United States with direct support for grassroots initiatives. Opportunities abound. Join us and help sow the seeds of change. Contact: Linda McKim-Bell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
“Quilts of Love” Group
Meets monthly at the church with the purpose of making quilts for families served by Portland Homeless Family Solutions, as they transition from the shelter to a permanent home. Seeks people who enjoy quilting or sewing, but welcomes those who want to assist in another way such as ironing or cutting fabrics.  Much of the sewing will be done by individuals on their own time at home. Meets monthly on the third Thursday, 12–1:30 p.m., B310. Sew-In is on the first Thursday at Modern Domestic, 422 NE Alberta St. from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Questions? Anna Thorn, 503-720-1984. 
Community Beyond Bars
Community Beyond Bars (an emerging social justice group) is a support group for anyone affected by incarceration. Whether you’ve been in prison yourself or have a loved one who has been involved in the legal system, we welcome you. At our meetings, we use readings, silence, and respectful sharing to reflect on a topic of the month, such as Trust, Mercy, or Care. To guide our interactions, we agree to abide by a covenant of right relations that is read at the beginning of every meeting. We meet on the fourth Sundays of every month, 1:30–3 p.m., at First Church. Contact: Joseph at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



CONTINUING SPIRITUAL GROWTH FOR ADULTS:
CLASSES AND RETREATS


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.


Labyrinth
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 co-chairs: Joyce Gotsch, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Mark Woodlief, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Book Store
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.
Read the Bookstore Blog!
 



MUSIC AND ARTS

Art Wall Committee
This group plans, coordinates and maintains the Art Wall gallery in Fuller Hall. Local artists are featured every month, and a portion of the art sold supports the church operating budget. If you would like to serve, contact: Harriet Levi at 503-452-8277 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 

VOCAL AND HANDBELL CHOIRS
 
UU Women’s Choir
A non-auditioned women’s choir. 7th–12th grade female youth are welcome. Wednesdays, 6–7:15 p.m. Call John Boelling, 503-228-6389, ext. 20.
Unitarian Choir
Adults (by audition); Wednesdays, 7–9 p.m. Call Mark Slegers, 503-228-6389, ext. 18.
Chalice Choir
Adults; Mondays, 6–7:15 p.m. Call Mark Slegers, 503-228-6389, ext. 18.
 
Chamber Choir
Adults (by audition) Mondays, 7:30–9:15 p.m. Call Mark Slegers, 503-228-6389, ext. 18.
 
Chalice Bells
Adults; Tuesdays, 6–7:15 p.m. inthe Daisy Bingham Room. Call Ellie Hodder, 503-730-9311.
Parker Bells
An auditioned adult bell choir. Mondays, 6:30–8 p.m. Call Ellie Hodder, 503-730-9311.
 

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