First Parish Celebrates the Completion of the ‘A Church for EveryBody’ Project

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Date(s) - September 28, 2021
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

First Parish in Portland UU


On September 28 at 1:30 pm, First Parish in Portland, a Unitarian Universalist congregation, will dedicate major accessibility and media additions to its historic building and garden. Mayor Kate Snyder and Steve Bromage, Executive Director of the Maine Historical Society, will join the dedication ceremony. The event will take place at the church’s new, accessible entrance in the rear plaza shared with Portland High School (PHS).

The redesign includes an elevator, improvements to the enclosed garden on Congress Street, upgrades to the interior sound and light systems, and renovation of the Community Room and its attached kitchen. It is funded by the “A Church for EveryBody” accessibility project, a $1.5 million capital campaign.

The Meeting House is both elegant and functional, but many of its distinct architectural features have not accommodated full and easy access to its spaces. “This accessibility project brings a 200-year-old icon in Portland into the 21st century in a way that will make it now available and welcoming to all,” declares Austin Farrar, President of the First Parish Board of Trustees. Austin Farrar and Ted Oldham, co-chairs of the “A Church for EveryBody” campaign, thank all donors for their generous contributions to this important project.

Check out more at and join the dedication ceremony on September 28th at 1:30pm.

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