Upcoming Events at First Parish

Community News & Events – April 8, 2018


Religious Exploration News: No RE Classes due to April break. April 15th: Time for All Ages. April 22nd: Children’s Activity in Community Room & 4-6 OWL class will be held in the Youth Room.  FMI about the RE program at First Parish, please contact Toben Cooney-Callnan: dre@firstparishportland.org.


Office & Bulletin Note: the Office will be closed from April 13-22. Christina, Toben & Tina will be answering the phones and checking messages while Sheila is away.


New Racial Justice Team | April 15th | 11:30-1:00pm | Community Room  Please join Reverend Christina in her efforts to form a Racial Justice Team at First Parish, with the intention of becoming a less racist, more welcoming, more multicultural congregation. All are welcome! Refreshments provided.


Monday Night Ministry Program | 7-8pm | Meeting House

Storytelling | April 16th | Third Monday of Every Month | April Theme: LIGHT  We’re looking for Storytellers! Kali Bird Isis will be offering this monthly Moth-style event. To register, contact Kali: abrushwithfire@gmail.com or (207) 208-9995.

Journeying & Healing Through Sound | April 23rd | Fourth Monday of Every Month  Join Reverend Christina for a monthly exploration using sound as a tool to shift your perspective, relax your body and mind, and receive knowledge and wisdom.  We will use singing bowls, drumming, toning, and recorded sound for the purpose of peace, clarity and healing.


Breathing & Meditation for Healing & Transformation |Every Tuesday | 5:30-6:30pm | Meeting House  Join Rev. Christina in exploring your internal landscape, reducing stress, and opening up to healing energy through guided breathing and meditation. Members: free. Non-members: $10 drop-in


Prayer Shawl Ministry | April 18th & May 2nd |First and Third Wednesdays| 5:00-7:00pm | Youth Room  Prayer Shawls were originally developed by women studying feminist spirituality, as a way to combine passion for crafting with passion for service. Our mission is to create shawls imbued with love and support for members in need. All ages and skill levels welcome. Bring your own supplies or use those provided. FMI: Jenna Nunziato jennanunziato@gmail.com.


Memorial Garden Spring Clean Up | April 21st | 10am-12pm | Memorial Garden  YOUR CHANCE TO HELP CLEAN UP OUR ACT!  The Memorial Garden Committee needs you… help us rake, prune and tidy up our beloved Gardens. Bring a pair of garden gloves.  Not necessary but helpful, too:  rakes, pruning tools, tarps, etc.  Your reward: satisfaction, good company, and Tony’s donuts!  Contact Linda Shary FMI: lindashary3@gmail.com.


Transforming Relationships to Inspire Social Change: An Intentional Peer Support Primer | April 22nd | 11:30-2:30pm | Community Room   Please join us for this presentation to explore the psychiatric movement, its intersection with the civil rights movement, and how to utilize relationships through the Intentional Peer Support model to create social change. For more information, please see the weekly e-Newsletter.


New Member Ceremony | May 6th | During Service | Meeting House  During the service, New Members will sign their names in the historic Membership Book and be recognized on their new journey as a Member of First Parish. Please join us!


CANDIDATE FORUM for CUMBERLAND COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY | May 7th | 5:30-8pm   Working with the Portland Center for Restorative Justice, Rally4Justice is organizing a CANDIDATE FORUM at First Parish for the 6 competitors for the office of Cumberland County District Attorney. Learn where the candidates stand before the June primary, which will narrow the field in advance of the November 2018 election.  SAVE THE DATE.

Radical Listening for Social Change Workshop | May 11- 6-9pm & May 12- 9am-4pm | Deering High School  Introductory Workshop on Nonviolent Communication (NVC) for personal and political activism, presented by Leah Boyd, Certified NVC Trainer. Early bird rate $85 through 4/18, $105 after 4/18. Scholarships available. Register: clarityservices.us.  FMI: out2cthec@gmail.com or 207-370-0381.


Healing the Wounds of Turtle Island | July 13th – 16th | Nibezun, Passadumkeag, Maine  No matter where we come from, we all carry the wounds of historical trauma within us. Please help support Healing Turtle Island, a gathering and ceremony led by indigenous activist Sherri Mitchell with spiritual elders from around the globe. Free and open to all, along the waters of the Penobscot River. Donations greatly appreciatedhttp://healingturtleisland.org/


UU Go — it’s not just for singles anymore!  Join this group of active folks looking for ways to get together for hikes, movies, theater, chats over dinner or coffee, bowling, dancing at Bubbas, etc. No meetings, just get-togethers with like-minded folks who have a shared spiritual home here at First Parish. To join in, email Patty Renaud at prenaud301@gmail.com.