Earth Day in Music and Song 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 7:30pm

Celebration at the Old Church in Downtown Portland
1422 SW 11th Avenue
Love Offering

You are invited to set aside this special time to celebrate our remarkable planet. The program includes instrumental and vocal performances, meditative singing, poetry, and candle lighting.

Celebration will be at the Old Church in downtown Portland. Refreshments and conversation will follow in the reception room of the Old Church.

In addition to the Portland environmental community, all those concerned with the stewardship of the earth are invited to attend this event.

The celebration draws on the format known as Taize, an ecumenical tradition from France. The music is from the Taize Community, and the words were written by the Center for Earth Leadership. The celebration is intended as a quiet, reflective time for those who wish to express gratitude for the earth, acknowledge any pain they may be feeling, and/or find inspiration through music and art share in community. The songs are repeated to quiet our minds and open our hearts.

Guest Artists:
Sky in the Road
Gary Skye
Richard Colombo
Portland Peace Choir

Sponsors of this event are: Center for Earth Leadership, First Unitarian Community for Earth, Ynity Church of Beaverton, and
New Thought Center for Spiritual Living.

RSVPs appreciated at 503-244-0026 or


Lynne Taylor

Photo of Lynne Taylor
Co-Chair-Peace & Environmental Team
Link to contact

Lynne has been active in New Thought CSL's Peace Now since it's inception nine years ago. She has participated in many activities to create connection and understanding through Peace Now. This included participating as an NTCSL representative in the Interfaith Action Network, visitations to Bilal Mosque, and The Search for Peace Art, both as a contributing artist and juror. She proposed and helped create a Peace Art show at the Kingstad Gallery, coordinating it with the Interfaith Walk. With other members of Peace Now, she helped establish a connection with the Bahi`a community that has lasted many years, and created joint services celebrated at NTCSL. As a member of the NTCSL choir, she helped create opportunities for the choir to sing in local interfaith services. After working on events to help raise awareness of the Parliament of World Religions in the Portland area, she received a scholarship to attend the event in 2009 in Australia, supported by a Peace Now fund-raising event to help with her airfare. She has assembled artists from the NTCSL community to have art shows honoring the AGNT Seasons of Non-violence, the Earth, and Intercultural-Interfaith. Recently she has been involved in several Season of Non-violence NTCSL services, and created two Interfaith services: a meditative service, and a building peace service. She now is the coordinator of NTCSL's Peace Now, and an active member of the Interfaith Council of Greater Portland.

Mike Unger

Photo of Mike Unger
Co-Chair Peace & Environmental Team
Link to contact

I have lived in the greater Portland area all of my life except for the time that I was in California getting my Masters in Engineering from Stanford. I come from a large family of eight children. My parents owned and operated farm located south of Hillsboro. It was a family operation and I enjoyed working with my parents and brothers and sisters.

Soon after graduating with my engineering degree, I met and fell in love with Cheri, now Rev. Cheri. We have three children—Joe, Rachel and Karen. Joe lives in Seattle, has his doctorate and works in cancer research for the Fred Hudson Cancer Research Association. Rachel works at the Multnomah County Court House in Portland as a lawyer. Karen works for the US State Department and is currently stationed in Kenya. We have three grandchildren– James, Alex and Kelly whom we see often.

I have spent my career as an electrical engineer working for consulting engineering firms. Cheri and I owned Power System Engineers, Inc. an engineering firm for 10 years and worked together providing services to utilities in the NW. We sold our firm to Elcon Associates nine years ago where I continue to work. I plan to work as a part time employee at the end of 2014.

I am very concerned about climate change and the effect that this could have on our children and grandchildren. For this reason, I chair the Environmental Team at NTCSL and have been instrumental in forming and managing Engineers for a Sustainable Future.

My religions background is Catholic. It was difficult for me as I take my spiritual life seriously but the Catholic Church was just not doing it for me so I left the church. Cheri and I eventually found our way to New Thought joining Unity of Portland and Unity of Beaverton, the Living Enrichment Center and then NTCSL.

I studied the CSL Practitioner courses through LEC and have taken several courses through NTCSL. I am a founding member of the choir and thoroughly enjoy singing and fellowship that the choir offers. I was on the NTCSL Board in 2005 and 2006 and was treasurer for one year. I am interested in doing all that I can to insure the financial health of our church.


Thank you God for this community.

– John B.

My heart overflows with gratitude, love, and joy as I remember the countless magical moments I have shared with my spiritual family.

– Chuck W.

My church is awesome!

– Louis D.

Enjoying my spiritual community.

– Ellena F.
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