This Sunday

Rough Weather Ahead

Rev. Barnaby looks at how our Second Principle affirming justice, equity, and compassion in human relations is challenged by climate change. Stay after worship for our Radical Love Party.

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Words from Rev. Barnaby

From the Minister

      I write halfway through my first of three weeks in Portland. I’m still in the start-up phase of bringing what life and you have taught me about ministry into a sanctuary so different from CVUUS’s it boggles the mind.
     First Parish’s congregation is roughly twice our size, on paper at least. And it’s located right in the middle of downtown Portland with virtually no parking of its own. It predates American Unitarianism, the founding of the United States, and by more than three centuries, the first gathering of CVUUS in the Berninghausens’ living room.
     For all that, I know that when I look out at the congregation for the first time on Sunday, I am going to be speaking to people who affirm the same seven principles we do. And something similar will be going on in over 1,000 other UU congregations around the U.S. First Parish’s theme this month is Belonging. Our swap seems to be a good way to think deeply about that. 
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Save the Dates!

Our Radical Love Party Giveaway & Auction Fall Fundraiser

Sunday, Nov. 24 (before Thanksgiving)—after worship there will be something similar to the first and second Radical Love Giveaway where all fellowship events and goods will be given away in random drawings. People do not have to be present for this but they will have to have their tickets in the drawing – this may involve deputizing someone else to enter them on your behalf if you are away. All giveaway events must specify a date (no more “date to be determined in the future” – those have a way of never happening).  And an auction will take place for items tagged for this purpose. Some will be live auctioned and others will be silent auction. You must be present  to win live auction items.

All fund-raising, apart from the Auction, will once again be completed a week before the events. We will simplify the Ask and publicize it separately. Read More about “Our Radical Love Party Giveaway & Auction Fall Fundraiser”

Member Stories

O congregation of sensible shoes.
O buttoned plaid shirts, men in neat beards,
O matriarchs with your practical Judy Dench hair,
O, church parking lot of Prius and Volt. We

are trying. We hung Black Lives Matter
over the door, and that’s not nothing.
Nobody is … read more.

Caitlin Gildrien