We Commit Ourselves and Our Resources to 
Nurture the Spirit, Grow in Community, and Help Heal the World.
ONLINE Worship Service:

Sunday
May 2nd, 2021
10:00 am

Wabanaki Sovereignty
Rev. Christina Sillari
Join Zoom Meeting:
(This link will work for all upcoming online services.)
Meeting ID: 895 0607 5636
One tap mobile
+19294362866,,89506075636# US (New York)

Or watch the livestream service on our Facebook page.
Upcoming Online Worship Services
May 9 | 10am
Membership Ceremony
Rev. Christina Sillari
Laurie Hasty
May 16 | 10am
Make of Yourself a Light
Trudy Baylock
May 23 | 10am
Religious Exploration
Rev. Christina Sillari
Toben Cooney-Callnan
First Parish’s Wabanaki Ally Team
Needs Your Help!

We’re contacting state legislators to support 2021 legislation that negotiates amendments to the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act. This Act has put the Wabanaki tribes in a category separate from all other federally-recognized tribes in the U.S.; it has stifled the Tribe's right to self determination and caused both cultural and economic hardship. We have provided a letter template and talking points for your reference. Please consider helping us contact our state legislatures to amend this Act! For more information, click here.
First Parish Book Group
May 6 | 6-7pm | Online

Pop in to share about a book you are reading or have read and to hear about books others are reading! This group meets on the first Thursday of every month. Members free; $5 for non-members. To register and receive the Zoom link, contact Betsy Garnett. Sponsored by the Membership and Library Teams.
The Seven Principles:
Do They Work?
A Conference
Sponsored by
UUMUAC
May 22 | 11am-4:30pm | online

It is the mission of the Unitarian Universalist Multiracial Unity Action Council to carry out and foster anti-racist and multiracial unity activities both within and outside the UUA through education, bearing witness, and expansion of our membership both within and outside the walls of our congregations. If you are interested in talking with fellow UU members about our Seven Principles, you can join this conference! For more information, click here.
Is Peace Possible?
Peace does not come simply through a calm state of mind or an open and generous heart, although these help a great deal. Peace is not about doves and rainbows or quiet walks in nature or meditating every day or singing spirit of life. This can all create inner tranquility but real peace requires action. Rev. Christina's sermon on peace was so powerful that we wanted to give you the chance to review it for a second time. You can read her full sermon here, and access the ten questions she posed here.
On April 11, Rev. Christina Asked,
“Is Peace Possible?”
Yes, she concluded, but only if
we are willing to take action.

Did you know that members of First Parish are also working for peace beyond Maine? The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is the organizational embodiment through which UU churches work for peace and justice in the US and internationally. It advances human rights and social justice around the world, partners with those who confront unjust power structures, and mobilizes to challenge oppressive policies. The UUSC supports refugees displaced due to climate, conflict, or economic hardships; defends the rights of people at risk due to criminalization and systemic oppression; and responds to humanitarian crises. Its work is grounded in our first principle that all people have inherent worth and dignity. For more information, click here.
UU Book of the Year!
Breathe: A Letter To My Sons
by Imani Perry
Discussion | May 23 | 1-2:30pm | Zoom

The incredible UU Book of the Year is now available at our church's Library. Email the office to arrange to pick up a copy on Tuesdays-Thursdays from 12-4pm. It can be borrowed for 2 weeks and then returned to the office during those times or left in the church mailbox. It is also available through the public library system and can be ordered on Amazon.
Wayside Pulpit
Laurie Hasty
Membership Coordinator
Faith in Action:
Get Involved!

Unitarian Universalism is a faith tradition rooted in justice. Our committed leaders are putting our faith into action, but they cannot do it alone. Every member of our congregation is encouraged to join in their efforts. Relationship and community are the key to living out the mission and vision of our church. One person, one voice, one conversation, one letter, makes a difference. Click here to read how we can change the world and save lives.
You're Invited to
a Cantastoria Workshop!
May 16 | 2-3:30pm | online

The Southern Maine Workers Center invites you to their Cantastoria Workshop to discuss solutions to the co-occurring healthcare and economic crises using five panels of compelling art as the entry into these discussions. For more information, and to learn more about cantastorias, click here. To register for the workshop, click here. Sponsored by the Faith-in-Action team.
Pastoral Care Calls
& Office Hours
with Reverend Christina
Mondays | 9am-12pm
Tuesdays | 2pm-5pm

Reverend Christina will be holding Pastoral Care calls and Office Hours for meetings by phone or Zoom every Monday & Tuesday for members and leaders of First Parish. Please email the Office to schedule a call.
 Pastoral Care
Breakout Room
Sunday Mornings after Worship
 
All are welcome to join a confidential pastoral care breakout room each Sunday after worship. Please send a chat message to the worship tech person during the service if you would like to join. A member of the Pastoral Care Team will be present with an open heart. For any questions or concerns please contact team leader Judy Micoleau.
Breathing and Meditation 
with Reverend Christina
Wednesdays | 7:30-8:30am | Zoom

The practice of pranayama is essential to a calm mind, a healthy body, and a free spirit. Through breathwork, kriyas, mudras and sutras we prepare for silence and stillness. Free to members. $10.00 per class for non-members. You can find the Zoom link here.
Poetry Hour with Reverend Christina
Thursdays | 8-9 am | Zoom
 
We listen to poems, reflect on them, and share how they touch our beings.
Some of us have begun to write poems. All are welcome. Free to members. $10.00 per class for non-members. You can find the Zoom link here.
Springtime Renewal From Rev. Christina

This time of renewal may bring us the hope of safety and connection. As more people are vaccinated and more of us can spend time with family and friends, gratitude has a different color. The earth is a strange and beautiful place to be right now, amidst the pain and fear that has clouded our spirits over the past year. Although many of us have experienced significant losses, we still rise to the hope of spring. Please read Rev. Christina's full, wonderful letter here.
Peaceful Harbor Sangha
Sundays | 6:30-8:00pm | online

Peaceful Harbor Sangha meets weekly for shared Buddhist practice. Meetings include sitting meditation, walking meditation, dharma reading and discussion. Come experience the calm in the storm! Meetings are now held on Zoom, and all are welcome; donations are gratefully accepted but not required. To receive the Zoom link, contact Susannah Ristine.  
Prayers for the People 
Sunday Worship

Once a month, Reverend Christina will share "Prayers for the People" during Sunday service. If you would like her to share your prayer of joy or sorrow with the congregation please contact her at minister@firstparishportland.org or 207-773-5747.
Update From
Your Transition
Ministry Team

As you know, our beloved Rev. Christina Sillari has notified the congregation of her intent to leave her First Parish ministry to discover her next vocation, effective June 30th. There is currently a six-person team in place that is tasked with facilitating the first step in the journey of finding our next called minister. It is important for our congregation to be informed of and understand the process going forward. Please read the full letter here.
COVID + Construction:
Getting in Touch with First Parish

With the combined challenges of COVID and the CFE construction project, business is anything but normal at First Parish! It may take a few days to return phone messages; email is the best way to reach all First Parish staff. Please keep in mind that Scott, Toben and Laurie work part-time, and will return messages when they are able. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Reverend Christina Sillari
Minister

Hannah Gilman
Congregational Administrator

Scott Wheatley
Music Director

Toben Cooney-Callnan
Director of Religious Exploration

Laurie Hasty
Membership Coordinator

Moe Blanchard
Sexton
425 Congress Street Portland, Maine 04101   207-773-5747  

 Nurture the Spirit, Grow in Community 
and Help Heal the World