We believe that brown and black lives matter. In the face of ongoing persecution and lynching, God stands in solidarity with them. As Christians, we sing with Mary that our “Lord has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly” (Luke 1:52). As followers of Jesus, a man of color executed by the state, we stand with God in solidarity with those who are oppressed. We stand troubled and emboldened by the Spirit, not just to cry out for justice but also to work for systemic change. God loves all; love requires us to practice justice so that we can live in a world where all can flourish without fear.
This is a call to send emails and submit testimony by March 2 at 4pm to the Mayor and Commissioners (Portland City Council) requesting a vote of approval – to go into effect immediately – for our upzone request. We need an emergency declaration to be made at the City Council Meeting so that they can vote to approve our upzone without the normal wait time. This request is urgent because St Philip’s application for LIFT funding is dependent on this upzone and must be submitted by the end of March.
Sermon given on February 21st, 2021 at St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church, Portland Oregon. The Rev’d Dr. Maria Gwyn McDowell preaching. Transcript The story of Noah, somehow, has become this really cute children’s story, right? Animals go onto this ark, two by two, they travel together, there’s a dove, it goes out, it comes back, it goes out, it comes back, and then there’s a rainbow at the end, right? All the elements of a perfect children’s story. Except…
Sermon given on February 7th, 2021 at St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church, Portland Oregon. The Rev’d Maria Gwyn McDowell preaching.Due to a Zoom recording error this sermon is audio-only. Apologies for any inconvenience.