I didn’t really learn much about Portland last week. I learned a ton about Ferguson, Missouri. And I recalled things I knew and remembered about St. Louis in general. I remember having a kind and funny landlady who had deep reservations about African-Americans. I remember going to Unity UMC in Webster Groves, MO where I was one of the few white people, then having Disciple Bible … Continue reading Ministry Context or What I learned in Portland Last Week — Ferguson and Portland
Sunnyside UMC hosts the Common Cup Family Shelter. Common Cup refers to the fact that several area churches collaborated in the shelter’s founding. Area volunteers went back to their home church (1st UMC Portland) and began the Goose Hollow Family Shelter. Guests at Common Cup and Goose Hollow can receive day programming at Thirteen Salmon Family Center, located at the First Unitarian Church of Portland. Folks at Thirteen Salmon … Continue reading Ministry Context or What I learned About Portland Last Week — Collaboration Rocks!
What does a community look like that values…community? They spend time together. They enjoy each other. They cross divisions to be together. There are many divisions within Portland. Portlanders love their neighborhoods. Civic pride is as high here as I’ve ever lived, including New York City. One thing that unites Portland is cycling. This is a bike happy town. The bike path system is amazing, yet … Continue reading Ministry Context or What I Learned About Portland Last Week — Community Matters
Immersion Experience Today, the City of Portland releases its Comprehensive Plan for zoning reorganization throughout the city. Last Monday, Marty Stockton with the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability met with SouthEast Uplift’s Land Use and Transportation Subcommittee to preview the plan. I joined 2 Subcommittee representatives and 4 local residents to hear her presentation. I learned a ton! Firstly, Marty’s job is tough and … Continue reading Ministry Context or What I Learned about Portland Last Week – Community Sensitivity
The remarkable thing about this image is its location. These wind mills are in the largest coal-producing state in the union, Wyoming. There are many others. To be fair, I also saw a dragline operating along the interstate west of Laramie. So I’m NOT trying to pump up Wyoming as some bastion of earth justice. In fact its Wyoming’s status as a coal giant that makes … Continue reading Investing in the Future as an Act of Faith