Posts from 2021

Posts from 2021

reBuilding a Cornerstone Community

Over the last few months, you may have heard mention of renovating St. Philip. As we work towards building The Alcena – An Affordable Living Community, We also want to ensure that our building continues to stand as cornerstone in our community. We want to continue to be as a spiritual and community cornerstone in the Albina/Eliot neighborhood, a place where our neighbors can meet and renewed by God as we seek to welcome and care for the vulnerable. Our…

Going Deeper: What are the qualities of racial reconcilation?

The Diocese of Oregon’s Engaging Racial Justice Working Group (formerly the Commission to End Racism) is asking all parishes to discuss the following question: If the Dioceses of Oregon were to undergo a powerful transformation of racialreconciliation through the power of the Holy Spirit, what specific qualities andcharacteristics would we see? Please take the time to reflect on the question and consider concretely what the process of reconciliation and its result actually looks like. We will be discussing this question,…

Masks Update: Required until February

Masks Required Due to the rapidly increasing number of Covid cases and the Delta variant, St. Philip will be following the policy of Multnomah County. Face coverings or masks are required for all folks, ages 5 and up, in all indoor spaces at St. Philip, whether you are vaccinated or not. Following the County guidelines, this will be in place until (at least) February 8, 2022. Communion in One Kind We will be receiving communion in one kind, that is, bread…

Rector’s Note: Shuffling the Furniture of our Lives

On August 8th, when we finally worship together in the sanctuary you will see we have rearranged the furniture! As you sit with this change, both the first time and in a few months when the novelty has worn off, ask yourselves: How does this way of worshipping together connect you to God and your beloved kin and neighbors in a new way?

A Tale of Two Conversations

The conversations were revealing. A common theme, for newcomers and long-time residents alike, was the desire for safe venues and events where people can meet one another. This search for common ground forms the basis of the Neighborhood Engagement conversation. What do residents cherish about the neighborhood—and how can St. Philip respond to the needs, hopes, and dreams of those around us?

Cursillo 2021

An Episcopal Cursillo weekend for all adults will be held Thursday evening, September 9 – Sunday afternoon, September 12, 2021 at the Oregon Christian Convention Center in Turner (just outside Salem).  Cursillo is ministry of the Episcopal Church, designed to give participants a lived experience of the love of God and the love of the Christian community.  Many report that Cursillo wonderfully deepens their faith, empowers their ministry to others, and continues to nourish their spiritual lives.  There is no…

June Affordable Housing Update

Our parish has nurtured a vision of an affordable housing ministry for some years. When Portland’s housing crisis erupted, homelessness came to our doorstep—literally—and the vision resurfaced. Starting in 2019, we began to explore how faith communities can justly steward their lands, with the help of the interfaith Leaven Community Land & Housing Coalition (LCLHC). In 2020, we testified before Portland City Council and successfully changed zoning laws. We established working relationships with Second Stories, a design and development firm…

Unveiling Alonzo Tucker EJI Historical Marker (Vanport Mosaic)

Our collective memory and our collective consciousness hold power. What we choose to remember as well as how we choose to remember is a reflection of the soul of our society. The Equal Justice Initiative (Montgomery, AL) has documented nearly 6,500 African American victims of lynching in the United States between 1865-1950. At least one African American was lynched in Oregon. His name was Alonzo Tucker and he was lynched in Coos Bay, OR in 1902 in front of a…

Rectors Note: Worshiping Together Again!

Worship with us, outside, in-person, on Pentecost, May 23rd! Boxed lunches will be served after the service. As a community, we are committed to caring for one another. We are also committed to following scientific recommendations. If you are vaccinated, masks are optional. If you are not vaccinated, masks and social distancing are required. Masks and vaccines are a form of caring for yourself and others.

Statewide Advocacy Cohort-with Jules, LaVeta, Melissa

A Special Invitation from Leaven to You We invite you to feel the depth and breadth of our power as people of faith and fierce love in Oregon. During the month of May, Leaven Community Land and Housing Coalition, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice have collaborated and are inviting you to bring three people you know who care about community stabilization in Oregon to attend our upcoming statewide… Oregon Community Stabilization: Intersectional Housing Advocacy Cohort-sprint Session 1: Tuesday, May 4th,…

Supporting trans kids with Fierce Families

For some of us, it is important to support our trans-siblings. Join Fierce Families in their effort to stop anti-trans school board candidates. We want our kids – and every kid – to feel welcome at school. That explicitly anti-trans school board candidates exist is a terrible reality. That’s the exact opposite of what kids need – support – no matter if they are trans or not. The anti-trans candidate is a backlash to the success that Fierce Families fought for last…

Albina Area Highway Cover Online Open House

There’s more time to make your voice heard! The Rose Quarter Improvement Project Independent Highway Cover Assessment Team is extending their online open house through Monday, May 10. You can find out more and share your vision for the highway covers here.  As a participant, you will review and refine potential cover concept scenarios and assess how the design of each concept supports the community’s vision and restorative justice outcomes. Your feedback will inform development options for the highway covers and tell us how we can best create economic and community development opportunities…

Holy Week: a shared journey

Holy Week is a single journey from triumphant expectations through bitter disappointment into resurrection joy. No individual service stands alone; it is a part of a whole. It begins with Palm Sunday, and ends Easter morning. So come, celebrate with us!
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