Upcoming Events at First Parish


Welcome Newcomers! We hope you’ll find a spiritual home full of love, tolerance, and justice here at First Parish. Please fill out a Visitor’s Card and put it in the offering. Please join us for coffee hour in the Parish Hall after service and use a YELLOW MUG to help us welcome you!


Religious Exploration News: Children will be sung out to their RE classes this Sunday. Childcare for babies and toddlers is available in the Nursery. FMI, please contact Toben Cooney-Callnan: dre@firstparishportland.org.



First Parish Opportunity Fair | October 21st | 11am-12pm | Parish Hall  There is so much going on at First Parish! Join us in the Parish Hall after service to learn about all the wonderful ways to get involved.  Each table will have a volunteer to answer questions, or a signup sheet for a team member to contact you.


RE Mixer| October 21st | 11:15am-12:45pm | Community Room   The Religious Exploration Committee will be hosting lunch, conversation, and games for RE Families. Come learn more about the 2018-19 RE Program and connect with other RE Families. HALLOWEEN THEMED- costumes optional!


Sharing Circle for Women (who have been sexually violated) with Reverend Christina Sillari | October 24th | 7-8:30pm | Youth Room or November 3rd |10-11:30am | Community Room  Come and share your story and listen to others in a safe place. All persons identifying as female are welcome. Please contact Rev. Christina with questions minister@firstparishportland.org.


Thandeka Lecture: Got Race? Americans Most Successful Add Campaign | October 26th | 7-9:45pm | Meeting House   This lecture will track the hidden history of racial identity-formation and how whites and blacks were made in America. Be a part of the conversation which deeply explores race, white privilege, and calls us to answer Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s question, “Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?” Thandeka is a theologian, professor, Unitarian Universalist minister, congregational consultant, and formerly an Emmy award-winning television producer. $10 per person at door.


Love Beyond Belief with Thandeka | October 27th | 9:30 am – 4:30 pm | Meeting House & Parish Hall  Practicing the heart of our Unitarian Universalist Faith:  A Faith Development Workshop for congregation leaders and laity, designed to develop a deeper sense of who we are as Unitarian Universalists and gain an expanded sense of what we can do together.  All members of First Parish are welcome. Please register: office@firstparishportland.org.


Concerts for a Cause: Portland Piano Extravaganza | November 2nd | 7:30pm | Meeting House  From the studio of Laura Kargul at University of Southern Maine, young pianists provide a glittering display of virtuoso piano playing. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the piano fund at University of Southern Maine’s School of Music.


Meetings & Classes

Breathing and Meditation Class | Wednesdays | 5:30-6:30pm | K-1 Classroom   Come and explore breathing techniques to nurture your mind, body and spirit. Pranayama is an ancient practice from India used to heal dis-ease, prepare for meditation, and access spiritual realms. All are welcome to join in these powerful tools of transformation. Taught by Rev. Christina. Free to First Parish Members; $10.00 non-members.

Owning Your White Story Workshop | November 4th | 12- 2:30pm | Parish Hall  The Racial Justice Team is registering white people for the second workshop in the White Blindness series, entitled “Owning Your White Story.”  Discover how the system of white supremacy has supported you.  Register by going to the Eventbrite link at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/owning-your-white-story-tickets-51280117211, or contact Kris Minister at krisminister@me.com.  Eventbrite password: FP


Memorial Garden Fall Clean Up | Nov 10th |9-11am | Memorial Garden   All are welcome to join the Garden Committee on Saturday, 11/10, to put our garden to bed for the season! Garden tools available or you can please bring your own garden gloves and a rake. Or just come for the Tony’s donuts! FMI contact Linda Shary, Chair: lindashary3@gmail.com.


Upcoming Membership Classes: Are you considering becoming a Member of First Parish? Join us for these classes! Light lunch provided- please register so we have enough food. FMI & registration: Dee Pecoraro, Membership Coordinator: membership@firstparishportland.orgParticipation in classes is highly recommended for anyone considering membership. 

New to UU Class| November 11th | 11:30am – 1pm | Community Room  Join Rev. Christina as we explore the history and theology of Unitarian Universalism, its liberal faith tradition, and First Parish. This is an opportunity to meet other newcomers, ask questions, and explore your own religious journey.

Path to Membership Class | December 2nd | 11:30am – 1pm | Community Room  Join Janet Robinson, President of the Governing Board, to explore membership at First Parish. We will look at the benefits and responsibilities of membership, opportunities for spiritual development as well as community connections.



Celebration of Life for Edward Waite Hamblin (1919-2018) | October 26 | The Great Room at Piper Shores | 15 Piper Road, Scarborough, Maine 

First Parish Auction | November 3rd | 5pm | Woodford’s Club in Portland | Donations Forms Due TODAY!!! Please consider donating any of the following items:

  • Tickets to sporting events, plays or concerts
  • Use of camp, cottage, cabin, or condo
  • Food Baskets or Theme Baskets
  • Home cooked Gourmet Dinners
  • Professional Services
  • Household items
  • Paintings, artwork, crafts
  • Gift cards to restaurants, massage, yoga etc.

Or, solicit items from local businesses that we can auction off ! FMI: Bill Adams at wadams5071@gmail.com.