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Spiritual Creativity Group, Fall Meetings

Beginning Thursday, October 12, 2017, 4:00 to 6:00pm

What practices help you to minimize the “chatter” of life, focus on the Divine within and express your true self to the world? Would you like to share these practices in your community? Would you like to learn the spiritual and creative practices of others in our church?  
The Spiritual Creativity Group (formerly Artist Way 2 Group) will share and learn personal spiritual and creative practices. This group is about novices sharing with novices.  All are welcome to this time of exploration and sharing. We will meet every Thursday afternoon during the Fall season.
Join for the entire season or drop in on any week that interests you. Please bring the presence of any access barriers to the attention of Kitt Reidy. kittreidy@gmail.com


Memorial Service for Gladys Deitz

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 2:00pm
Calaroga Terrace Auditorium (1400 NE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97232)

A service in memory of Gladys Deitz will be held at the Calaroga Terrace auditorium on Saturday, October 14th at 2pm. Rev. Elizabeth will officiate. Please continue to keep the family in your prayers.


Cooperative Building: Leaning into Conflict and Tension as a Spiritual Practice

Friday, October 27, 11:30am to 1:00pm 

Conflict is unpleasant, and we naturally tend to avoid it. But there is an energy in conflict and tension that can be harnessed to facilitate personal growth and community transformation. The spiritual practice of Cooperative Building invites us to lean into conflict and discover the power of synergism, where people come together to create an effect greater than any of them would have had separately.

Paul Schroeder, author of the book Practice Makes PURPOSE: Six Spiritual Practices That Will Change Your Life and Transform Your Community will be lead a session on Cooperative Building. This interactive session will include exercises, simple tools, and instructive examples for how to engage this practice at home, at work, and in other contexts. Lunch will be provided.


Oliver Lecture: Khalil Bendib, The Pen is funnier than the sword

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 3:00pm

The Pen Is Funnier Than the Sword” is the title given by internationally-known political cartoonist Khalil Bendib. The artist will discuss his work and accompany his remarks with a visual presentation of his recent cartoons; there will be a question and answer period after his remarks. A reception will follow in the ArtReach Gallery. This lecture is co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Oregon, the Muslim Educational Trust, and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. It is part of the First Congregational Church Oliver Lecture Series and is free and open to the public. Learn More...


Wordstock 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Portland's Book Festival returns on Saturday, November 11th, 2017: 9 am to 6 pm at the Portland Art Museum and neighboring venues in downtown Portland, OR including our own Sanctuary! The author lineup will be announced on September 5, 2017!

Tickets are $15 in advance / $18 at the door. Tickets include access to Wordstock events and the Portland Art Museum and a $5 book voucher redeemable at the book fair. Admission is FREE to attendees 17 under (or with a valid High School ID), active military, and military veterans. *Free tickets do not include a $5 book voucher.

Wordstock 2017 features more than 100 authors presenting onstage events, pop-up readings, and writing workshops. The festival includes activities for readers of all ages, an extensive book fair with 70+ vendors, local food trucks, and more.

WORDSTOCK 2017 TICKETS are available at: https://literary-arts.org/what-we-do/wordstock/


New Book on Creating Compassionate Community

In these disheartening times, are you looking for something to spark your imagination and strengthen your resolve?  Check out Paul Schroeder's new book, Practice Makes PURPOSE: Six Spiritual Practices That Will Change Your Life and Transform Your Community. The book describes how simple actions can help create a more compassionate community.

"An engaging and valuable book about living a more loving and purposeful life." -Kirkus Reviews 

Paul Schroeder spent the past twenty years working at the intersection of spirituality and social change. A former Greek Orthodox priest, he started a Greek cooking class program for people transitioning out of homelessness. In 2010, he stepped down from priestly service to form New City Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people who experience poverty and homelessness achieve their full human potential. He relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota in early 2017.  

The book was released with a companion volume, a workbook with questions for reflection, exercises, and journaling pages. In September, a free downloadable discussion guide will also be released that will turn the book into the basis for a six-week class or study group.

For more information on the book, the workbook, and the study guide, visit www.sixpractices.com.


Congregational Care Support

Can you help cook a meal, offer a ride, or provide other support to members of our community on a one-time or ad hoc basis? If you would like to be on an email list to be informed of those needs as they arise, please contact the church office at communications@uccportland.org. Thank you for caring for our community!


Daily Lectio Divina Practice

Monday - Friday at 7:00 AM, Saturdays at 7:30 AM
Peace House (2116 NE 18th Ave.)

Every morning (except Sundays) you are invited to join us for prayer and spiritual renewal as we reflect on that day’s Bible reading from the lectionary.  Lectio Divina practice is an excellent way to ground your life in “The Way,” and to deepen your faith journey through active listening to the holy spirit through our sacred scripture.  All are welcome - these gatherings usually run from 30-40 minutes.