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Tuesday Evenings in May at 7 PM

May 1st—Just Eat It.  If 40% of all harvested food is wasted in America, what can we do about it?  Hugely Entertaining!

May 15th—The Age of Consequences:  Climate.  Change.  Conflict:  An important film from our generals & other Pentagon insiders about the issues of global drought, conflict, migrations, and social instability due to climate change.  Eye-opening and compelling!

May 22nd—More Than Honey.  Best foreign film from Switzerland that looks at the vexing issue of why bees are facing extinction from California to Switzerland, China, & Australia.  Exquisite photography!

Brought to you by the Caring for Creation Committee of the St. James Lutheran Church free of Charge. See you there!



You won't want to miss this very special evening of music and poetry featuring our own Locus Iste Concert Choir and soloists, directed by Grant Edwards with guest conductor Michael Kelly. The inspiring and life-affirming poetry of Mary Oliver will be joined with the breathtakingly elegant music of Henry Purcell, the "Mozart of Westminster Abbey"— and be prepared to experience a musical journey from the darkest depths to the summit of joy. The program begins with Bruckner's famous motet, "Locus Iste" and concludes with a new original work by Grant Edwards. Special guests include Loren Masanque, countertenor extraordinaire (whose offerings will include the famous "Dido's Lament") and the Michael Sanchez Brass Quartet.

Attendance is free, with a free-will offering taken at the event.


6/ 9 White Ally Toolkit with Dr. David Campt

The White Ally Toolkit Project focuses specifically on helping these allies have more effective encounters with people who are skeptical that racism is a problem. Utilizing contemporary research on persuasion, this interactive workshop leaves participants with concrete skills to advance racial equity. 

Dr. David Campt worked for the White House on the Clinton Administration's Commission on Race. He is a national expert on dialogue and race relations and was called to Charlottesville after the violence there this summer.

This event is open to the public & proceeds will help fund further workshops with communities across Portland. Be sure to register as soon as possible to reserve your spot!

Saturday, June 9th, 2:30-5:30 pm
First Congregational UCC
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Spiritual Path Group

Gathering every Tuesday from Noon to 1 PM in our chapel: come share your experience, strength and hope as we all walk the path together. For more details call Ross Runkel (, (503) 551-1360).


UCC Ukes

Who doesn't want to play the ukulele?! Join us for gatherings from 1:00-2:00 pm Mondays. Talk to Mary Louise Sevetson to learn about this weekly group, (; (503) 236-4393).


Eve's Circle

If you think a group of interesting women of all ages is your kind of crowd, join us! All those female-identified are welcome— Contact Elaine Molskness (


Way of the Rose

This meditation group meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 at 18th Ave. Peace House. Contact Tim Pollard, (503) 692-5479, (



SoberFirst (AA)

Female-identified Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Wednesdays at 7:00 am in the downstairs classroom. For more Portland-area meetings, visit

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers meets Fridays at 11:00 am in the downstairs classroom. From Weight Watchers, "Meetings are where you check in with other members and get guidance from a Leader who's been there and lost the weight."

Support Group (SA) SA meetings occur in our downstairs classroom on: Mondays at noon, Tuesdays at 1:00 pm, Wednesdays at 1:00 pm, Thursdays at noon.

Portland Parks & Rec Senior Yoga

Portland Parks & Recreations hosts senior yoga classes in the downstairs classrooms at the church. For more information and for registration (required), please call (503) 823-4328 or go online at