Posts by St. Philip the Deacon

Posts by St. Philip the Deacon

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Congregational Conversations

Please plan to gather with your fellow parishioners on Sunday, December 11th and Sunday, January 8th for conversation and an opportunity to ask questions of the vestry and Rev’d Maria before the annual meeting. We’ll meet together right after the service in the parish hall where a light lunch will be served.

Rest Eternal: Fred Jackson

Rest eternal to Fred Jackson who passed away on November 8, 2022 at the age of 88. A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 21 from 10:30-12:30 at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church (1535 N.E. 17th Ave, Portland). The committal service will be held on the same day at 2:15 pm at Willamette National Cemetery. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/portland-or/frederick-jackson-11008917 Let Us Pray Compassionate God, your ways are beyond our understanding, and your love for those whom you create is greater by far than ours;…

Liturgical Leadership Update

As Advent approaches, we’re preparing the new liturgical leadership schedule for the upcoming year. If you are currently in rotation as a reader, intercessor, greeter, or tech verger please reach out to the office as soon as possible with any dates you are unavailable in the next few months. The more we can accommodate your schedule from the beginning, the fewer times you will need to search for a substitute. While this ministry is an important part of our Sunday…

The Japanese American Experience in Oregon

Join the diocesan Engaging Racial Justice Working Group and Bishop Diana Akiyama for a service of Evening Prayer tomorrow, November 2nd from 6:00-7:30pm This service will commemorate the Rev. Hiram Hisanori Kano, an Episcopal priest who was interned by the US government during World War II. The service will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish, located at 1432 SW 13th Avenue, Portland. More information about Rev. Hiram Hisanori Kano and his ministry can be found at https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2015/07/02/a-sainted-life-hiram-hisanori-kano-turned-internment-camp-into-mission-field/

Diocesan Convention Annual Meeting

Tune to watch the Annual Meeting of the Diocesan Convention THIS Saturday, October 29th starting at 9am. The livestream will be available on the Diocese of Oregon’s YouTube page, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWuIv6yqTM3uWYXRRuHiM8g To learn more about the Convention and see the proposed business, visit https://convention.diocese-oregon.org/

Safe Church Registration

In striving to live out our Baptismal Covenant we are called to respect the dignity of every human being. As the people of God in the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, we are committed to the safety of all God’s people. The Safe Church, Safe Communities training must be renewed every 3 years, and is offered online. Please read about diocesan requirements regarding who must complete the training and and details about the training on the diocesan website.https://diocese-oregon.org/administration/safe-church/safe-church-online-sign-form/If you are not…

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…

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…

MLK Day Celebrations

Celebrate MLK Day around Portland and the nation with St. Philip the Deacon, the Union of Black Episcopalians, and our fellow siblings in Christ here in Portland.

Packing with Dignity!

Backpacks hold more than school books and hiking gear! A generous and faithful group of women from St. Philip the Deacon have been sewing and filling 200 string backpacks with personal care items for men and women.  The brainchild of Viola Horton, each bag is filled with the specific needs of men and women in mind. The completed bags are then sent to the HIV Day Center run by the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.  Thanks to seamstresses Viola Horton, Sarah…

The People’s Pantry Needs You!

Volunteers wanted for emergency “shopping style” food pantry operations. The Hand Up Project operates The Peoples Pantry, a “shopping style” emergency food pantry.   St Philip the Deacon hosts The Peoples Pantry on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. The Peoples Pantry also operates out of the Q Center on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month. The Peoples Pantry is looking to expand its presence at St. Philip the Deacon by offering weekly shopping. Additional volunteers…
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Racial Equity at the Portland Police Bureau and Across America

“I Can’t Breathe” Michael J. MontgomerySt. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder by members of the Minneapolis Police Department, demonstrations have been held throughout the world. All of these demonstrations include one major theme; “Black Lives Matter”.      George Floyd, a forty seven year old African-America, was arrested on a charge of allegedly purchasing a pack of cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. During the arrest, Floyd’s hands were secured behind his back with a…

Statement Against Systemic Racial Violence

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.

Background on Efforts to Reform Policing in Portland

Various organizations, including the Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA) Coalition for Justice and Police Reform, have been advocating for over a decade for concrete changes to the Portland Police Bureau contract. The current police contract expires in June 2020, with no replacement in place due to slow negotiations and delays from Covid-19.

Celebrate & Evaluate Our Actions Removing Barriers To Affordable Housing- June 10, 6:30pm!

WE’RE ALMOST THERE!Portland City Council Commissioners will vote on the first package of zoning code and map change amendments for removing barriers to the building of affordable housing on faith community land, Wednesday, June 10th at 11am.(Click here for council meeting link info) CELEBRATE & EVALUATEOUR COLLECTIVE WORK AND ACTIONSLEAVEN COMMUNITY COALITION COHORT GATHERINGJUNE 10, 20206:30-8 PMRegister to receive meeting link https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUuc-qopz8iEtYrHQyxNC5_y207sfnqP3-J  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting fromCovenant Presbyterian Church Land and Housing Coalition Celebration Confirmation  Search…

May Housing Coalition Meeting

MAY COHORT GATHERINGLAND & HOUSING COALITIONWEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 20206:30-8PM by Zoom (see login info below) There has been drama getting the code and zoning changes passed that will remove barriers for building of affordable housing on faith stewarded land. We are almost there. Despite our testimony at the May14th City Council meeting, the issue of including the word “affordable housing” resurfaced. Subsequent meetings with policy advisors for the Mayor and Commissioners have shone a spotlight on how power and systems work. We are learning how to…

Rector’s Note: Waiting on In-Person Worship

Bishop Michael Hanley has released guidelines for Reengaging our Buildings and In-Person Worship. The brief version is this: we do not know when we will be reopening. My preference is that we do not reopen until we are all comfortable returning to in-person worship. At St. Philip, the decision to reopen will be discussed by the Vestry. Not only is this because it is important that we clearly discuss our concerns and struggles around this together, but we need to…
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