First Congregational United Church of Christ, Portland


1126 SW Park Ave


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Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 6-10pm
Come to Bellies Do Good! a fundraising event for a new trauma-informed women's shelter in downtown Portland. The event will feature belly dancers, henna artists, food and beer, door prizes, an auction, and a host of information on other local organizations who serve women. In this evening of celebration and empowerment, we will donate funds and energy into the creation of a safe shelter for female-identified folks in downtown Portland. Do Good Multnomah is a non-profit organization that provides low-barrier emergency shelter to houseless Veterans in Portland, Oregon. By partnering with the community, they are establishing a model for sheltering and serving houseless Veterans that emphasizes relationship-building, one-on-one engagement, and direct community participation. The new women’s shelter will use this relationship-focused, direct engagement model to provide a desperately needed safe space for women to rest and find trauma-informed support. First Congregational UCC is an openhearted, justice-seeking church in downtown Portland known for its radical approach to building community and promoting justice and safety for all. Bellies Do Good is cosponsored and co-organized by PSU Business Honors Program and First Congregational United Church of Christ, Portland.
Friday, July 29, 2016 from 11:30am-1pm
Do you find it hard to say no? Does it seem unfriendly, even unspiritual? Holding firm boundaries can be very difficult. But it’s an essential practice for anyone seeking to break out of their comfort zone. On July 29, Paul Schroeder (MDiv) and Susanna Rempel (MSW, MPH) of New City Initiative will offer a lunchtime mini-seminar on “Intentional Welcoming” at 1st Congregational UCC Church in downtown Portland. The seminar will take place from 11:30 AM – 1 PM. The seminar will offer simple, practical tools you can start using right away to help you say no when you mean to so you can say yes when you really want to. Lunch will be provided by New City Kitchen, a social enterprise offering training and employment opportunity to people looking for a second chance in the workforce. Registration cost covers lunch. Paul Schroeder and Susanna Rempel are the Executive Director and Associate Director of New City Initiative, a nonprofit organization in Portland that fosters communities where all people can achieve their full human potential. Heartfelt Listening is one of the six spiritual practices New City uses to instigate personal change and community transformation.
Monday, April 25, 2016 from 7-8:30pm
In the fourth and final presentation of ONDA’s High Desert Speaker Series in Portland, ONDA Stewardship Director Ben Gordon will reveal some of the most spectacular (and shockingly overlooked) areas of Oregon’s signature wild and scenic river: the John Day. From Sutton Mountain to Spring Basin and the lower John Day, Ben will share what makes these lands an unparalleled place worth protecting for generations to come. The event will take place at Portland's First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Avenue in the Park Blocks. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, please register on Eventbrite to reserve seats.
Monday, March 28, 2016 from 7-8:30pm
In the third installment of the Portland edition of ONDA’s High Desert Speaker Series, Dr. Tom Connolly shares his experiences as one of Oregon’s preeminent cultural anthropologists. From incipient agriculture to paleoenvironmental studies and geoarchaeology to cultural resource management, Dr. Connolly has a special understanding of the high desert’s unique archaeological features. Archaeological work over the past two decades, and continuing study of museum collections made decades ago, are providing new insights on Oregon’s first peoples. Dr. Connolly outlines recent studies that have pushed back evidence for the earliest human presence in the region to about 15,000 years ago, and reviews museum specimens for a clearer understanding of the timing and range of key ancient cultural traditions. Join us as Dr. Connolly takes us on a journey thousands of years in the making. The event will take place at Portland's First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Avenue in the Park Blocks. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; please pre-register on Eventbrite.
Monday, February 22, 2016 from 7-8:30pm
In this second installment of ONDA’s High Desert Speaker Series in Portland, award-winning veteran producer Ed Jahn will take you on a journey through some of the most awe-inspiring lands of Oregon’s high desert. From spectacular canyons to rushing rivers, Ed will share amazing clips from his more than 15 years with OPB’s Oregon Field Guide. Don’t miss this opportunity to escape the rain and hear firsthand experiences from one of Oregon’s most exciting journalists. Join us for an evening highlighting the best of your high desert. The event will take place at Portland's First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Avenue in the Park Blocks. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited - please pre-register on Eventbrite.
Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 7-10pm
Please join Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant at a rally in Portland for her re-election campaign! Mark your calendar now! Others speakers: - Nicholas Caleb, independent socialist candidate in 2014 for Portland City Council - Teressa Raiford, awe-inspiring leader of Don't Shoot PDX - Jamie Partridge, tireless agitator of 15NowPDX From the Black Lives Matter movement to the growing movement for a $15 minimum wage, consistent protests are erupting against the endemic inequality and racism generated by Wall Street and their social system. With growing anger at the corporate policies of both main political parties, millions are searching for an alternative. Since her election in 2013, Councilmember Sawant has led the opposition to the corporate agenda in the Pacific Northwest. An unapologetic fighter for working people, she refuses all corporate donations and accepts only the average worker’s wage. Despite being a city councilmember, she has been arrested standing with workers fighting for a living wage and with homeowners resisting foreclosure, and she has risked with environmentalists blockading coal trains. Her re-election will inspire more oppressed people to fight for our rights, and it will prove again that it is completely possible to elect independent candidates who reject corporate cash. Kshama Sawant has inspired movements across the country, including in Oregon, such as the $15 Now movement. That is why corporations across the country are funding her opponent’s campaign. We in Portland absolutely need to support her historic re-election. Invite your friends, and join us! (If you cannot make it to this rally & fundraiser on September 12, please donate at ) Sponsored by Kshama Sawant Re-election Campaign. Endorsed by Socialist Alternative and 15 Now PDX. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ UPDATE: The Kshama Sawant re-election rally has been rescheduled for Sat., September 12.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 7:30-9:30pm
Socialist Alternative Portland Oregon Branch Invites You: RENT CONTROL TOWN HALL Wednesday March 4th - 7:30 PM 1126 SW Park Ave (at Madison), 1st Congregational UCC Rent Control Is The Forbidden Conversation, So Naturally We Want To Have It, At Top Volume: Although 40% of Portland area residents live in rented housing, the political class continually indicates that their focus can only be the profitability of well-connected developers and the protection of higher-wage home owners. The needs of lower-income working people, especially those in service-economy jobs who badly need housing near those jobs, have been consistently left out of consideration. As with the fight for $15, winning affordable housing will require a mass movement of working people, labor, and grassroots organizations. This movement cannot limit itself to what big business will accept, but must base itself on the needs of working people. Rent Control – An Essential First Step Economists commonly define affordable housing as “only” taking up to 30% of household income. But even that is out of reach for a great many households in metropolitan areas, where real estate developers and landlords are making profits hand over fist. Rent control, which would tie all rent increases to the cost of living, is an essential first step. It would prevent rental costs from spiraling further and further out of reach of working people. “No Mystery About Rent Control” As Jess Spear, Socialist Alternative candidate for the Washington State House, said: “There is no mystery about rent control. Rent control would set limits and prevent the big property owners from rapidly raising our rents. Developers and their representatives hate rent stabilization laws for a reason – because they limit their ability to make massive profits on the backs of working people.” Come and Speak Out Please join us for an open public forum on rent control. The evening is hosted by the Portland branch of Socialist Alternative, the organization that spearheaded the campaign to elect Kshama Sawant to Seattle City Council, the first independent socialist elected in a major U.S. city in decades. Branch leaders will offer perspectives on the political platforms of recent independent campaigns in the region that have included the demand for rent control, and event organizers will offer space for those most affected by this crisis to present their observations. We invite all members of the renting public to gather together and share their experiences and frustrations. The event intends unity under the declaration that city rental housing is in a state of emergency that demands immediate, emergency attention from policymakers. 7:30 PM Wednesday March 4th 2015 First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Avenue ADA Accessible - Gender Neutral Restroom On Site Coffee and cake will be served!
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 7-8:30pm
Portland: Sen. Wyden on National Security, Civil Liberties, and the Surveillance State In 2014 the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics will mark the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution vote with the Wayne Morse Legacy Series. Programs in Oregon and Washington, D.C., will highlight Morse’s prescient opposition to the war on constitutional and moral grounds and the impact of the Vietnam era on current war powers and military policy. Senator Ron Wyden is widely recognized as a leading voice in the U.S. Congress for more open and transparent national security policies. He has issued warnings about how the PATRIOT Act is being implemented, particularly surveillance policies of the National Security Agency. He will discuss the tension between civil liberties and national security and what needs to be done to ensure that both liberty and security are protected. Cosponsored by the Oregon Historical Society, the World Affairs Council, and the Oregon Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society.
Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 5-7pm
This is our one year anniversary for the national Strike Debt movement, from Occupy Wall St. in New York! See who we are, what we've done and what you and your ideas can do to resist illegitimate debt locally! Thus far Rolling Jubilee has abolished over $1.2 million in medical debt! Come Celebrate with us this open house - with free food, free drink. Featured Artists: Benjamin Blake Martha McLaughlin Ceb'dan Jhai We will be at the Fellowship Hall of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1137 SW Broadway, downtown Portland 97205. Access the church on SW Park; the Fellowship Hall is on the lower level. Help amplify the people's bailout! Source: