Locus Iste Choir Rehearsals

Over 30 people have registered for this season's Locus Iste Concert Choir. We're happy to have more participants! We are learning music from (mostly) non-Christian cultures in celebration of interspirituality. Most of the music is quite easily accessible and most of all FUN! Rehearsals will be the next 7 Mondays from 7:15-8:45 PM, with the final performance May 15 at 7 PM. Please contact Grant Edwards at uccmusic@comcast.net for more information. Music includes folk songs and chant from India, the Amazon, Haiti, Israel, Senegal, Kenya, and South Africa. 


Talking Circle

Friday, March 24th - 5;30 PM
World's Foods, Cafe, Beer and Wine Bar

The next Talking Circle meeting, lead by Peace Young, will take place at

World's Foods, Cafe, Beer and Wine Bar
830 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209

They will meet by the produce area spread. A $5 donation is suggested to purchase snacks for the table.


Eve's Circle - Villages NW - Margaret Baldwin

Saturday, March 25th

Find out about Villages NW, a community-driven program to enable local residents who want to remain in the homes and neighborhoods they love to have a Village to support them. What does it take to be part of the village - as a client or a volunteer. You or someone you know might want to use the services of a village.

Margaret will share her experience as one of the leaders of Northeast Village PDX in northeast Portland but will be prepared to answer questions and share materials from 5 other villages in the Portland area: Eastside Village (southeast), NorthStar Village (north and parts of NW PDX), River West (southwest), Viva, (Beaverton), Village Without Walls (Forest Grove, Hillsboro).


Lenten Study: White Privilege

Six Thursdays: 3/2 - 4/6, 7pm to 8:30pm
Bridgeport UCC, 621 NE 76th Ave. PDX, 97213

Join Rev. Elizabeth and Molli Mitchell of Bridgeport UCC for a Lenten study using our national UCC curriculum on racism and white privilege. We'll meet on Thursday nights for six weeks and explore: The Spiritual Autobiography Told Through the Lens of Race;  Whiteness as the Norm: Five Loci of Insights on the Binary of Light/Dark and Black/White; The Cash Value of Whiteness or Whiteness as a Tax-Exempt Status; and explore ways that anti-racism work is spiritual practice. (You do not need to attend all six weeks to participate.) See Rev. Elizabeth with questions. 

Please RSVP: bit.ly/2kKQjor


Lenten Soup Supper & Worship

We are invited to join other downtown churches in an ecumenical journey for Lent. A soup supper will be provided from 6 PM to 7 PM, followed by worship at 7:15 PM. (Practicing the Presence will meet for prayer and meditation in the Kiva at 5 PM as usual, then go as a group to these services as desired.)

MARCH 22: St. James Lutheran Church (1315 SW Park Ave; 503-227-2439)

MARCH 29: First Presbyterian Church (1200 SW Alder St; 503-228-7331)


Housing Opportunity Day

March 22nd
The Spinning Room at Willamette Heritage Center

Join Rev. Michael Ellick, our friends at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, and the Oregon Housing Alliance for a day of action on March 22nd.  Do your part to help ensure every Oregonian has a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home and have fun while doing.  Join us for our first Housing Opportunity Day of the 2017 Legislative session!  This is your chance to meet your legislators and tell them that we need to take action to prevent and end homelessness, protect renters, build more affordable housing, preserve existing affordable homes, and expand access to homeownership.

Oregon Housing Alliance will arrange visits with your legislators, form teams, provide training, and send you off into the building to talk about the Housing Opportunity Agenda. This is a great way to get involved during the legislative session and send a clear message that we need bold action on housing now. For people who have never attended a Housing Opportunity Day before, we promise we’ll make it fun and easy! Lunch will be provided.  Email Jenny at jlee@neighborhoodpartnerships.org with any questions, and let Rev. Michael know if you’re going so we can set up carpooling options as needed.


  • 8:30 AM: Registration, The Spinning Room at Willamette Heritage Center (1313 Mill St. SE, Salem)
  • 9:00 AM: Training begins
  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Legislator visits at the Capitol (900 Court St. NE, Salem)
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch at the Willamette Heritage Center
  • 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: More legislator visits and fun activities at the Capitol!


Story-Lab: Enneagram

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fellowship Hall

When we discover a path which leads us closer to God and encourages our inner transformation and growth, it becomes a friend on our spiritual journey. The Enneagram is such a path dating back from Christian tradition to the time of the Desert Fathers and Mothers of the fourth century.

The heart of the Enneagram is a call to embody the Divine Image and to live a full and abundant life. The Enneagram describes nine distinct patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting. At the story-lab each person will have an opportunity to identify his/her unique pattern and affirm others whose view of life is different from our own.

In a time in history when differences are being magnified and maligned, this story-lab will help us honor and embrace the differences. It will also be transformative, challenging, community building, and FUN. Childcare will be provided.

Questions? Gary or Janine Vaughan at 503-232-9353 or


"Rebecca and the Talisman of Time" Reading with Batya Podos

Sunday, April 2nd

Storyteller and author, Batya Podos, will be reading from her novel, Rebecca and the Talisman of Time, on Sunday, April 2nd at 1st Conregational UCC in the library. Batya will share how the ghosts of her own family became the inspiration to write a book for young people and the adults in their lives.

Rebecca, the thirteen year old heroine of the novel, is about to have her Bat Mitzvah but she isn't even sure she wants to be Jewish. When she discovers a magical talisman, the ghosts of her ancestors begin to show up. She only wants to send the dead back to where they belong, but they have other plans. As she searches for a way to unlock the power of the talisman, she is pulled into a journey she could never have imagined, and along the way discovers the true meaning of family.

A retired middle school teacher, Batya is now an ordained maggid, a storyteller and teacher in the Jewish tradition. When she began working on the novel, she wasn't surprised to discover that her author's voice was that of a thirteen year old girl. "After teaching middle-schoolers for so many years, I have become just like them," she says. And although the girl in the novel is Jewish, she believes the book is accessible to all faiths and cultures. "It's about finding out who we are, where we come from. It's about getting to know our ancestors-and that's important for us all."

Rebecca and the Talisman of Time has been nominated for the Oregon Spirit Book Award and has received rave reviews. It is available from Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, and from the publisher, Portal Center Press, as well as from the author.


Radical Reading Group

April 8th - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Our Peacemaking Ministry's Racial Justice Action Group is excited to be joining forces with For White Accountability in Racial Dialogue (ForWARD) to bring you all not one, but two reading groups. The "Radical Reading Group" will be every other Saturday Starting the 8th of April, and the cleverly named "Slightly More Radical Reading Group" will be every other Thursday starting April 27th. These groups are "for people interested in improving their awareness and responses around issues of race in society", with the second group being more advanced. 

Please contact Stephanie at peacemaking@uccportland.org with any questions.



Family Passover Seder

Saturday, April 8th - 10AM to 1PM
Fellowship Hall

Join us for an all ages family passover seder led by Maggidah Batya Podos in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a potluck lunch to share after the seder. Children and youth are especially invited, but everyone is welcome! See Rev. Elizabeth with questions or if you can help with setup and cleanup.


Park Blocks Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Come join us on Saturday, May 13th for the first annual Portland Park Blocks Bluegrass Festival! The Park Blocks Bluegrass Festival is a charitable event bringing together bluegrass and folk musicians for a weekend of stellar performances by over twenty bands and workshops to hone your skills. The event will be held in our Sanctuary. and benefit the creation of a homeless shelter for female veterans.

Tickets are available now at: parkblocksbluegrass.com

ArtReach Gallery - Cambodian Resiliency

The ArtReach Gallery exhibition will run through the month of March. We invite you to do two things:

1. See the Art that comes in four different sections. One of the sections is in the chapel.
2. Read the booklets that relate to the four sections. Shaping Identity tells about artists Sandra Banister and John McDermott. Surviving S21 reveals Vann Nath's incredible story of survival during the Pol Pot era. Saying "Yes!" informs you about Cambodia now with Vann Channarong and Anders Jiras. Supporting Students gives information about Golden Leaf and the efforts of compassionate work. Bibliography lists books about Cambodia its culture and its people.