News & Announcements

News & Announcements

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.

Celebrating Holy Week

Right now, Holy Week is almost upon us, a week we will spend at home. While this may seem strange to us, many of our Lenten and Holy Week practices began in the homes of early Christians, and only later grew into the magnificent services to which we have grown accustomed. At St. Philip, we will start by gathering over Zoom to celebrate the Liturgy of the Palms, and join with our sisters, brothers and friends across our Diocese throughout the week.

A Note from the Rector: The Music We Love

On the 1st Sunday of March, we gathered as a community over a pot of soup, salad, and bread for our first Lunch & Chat. It was a wonderful time of listening to one another and delving into how we experience music, our topic of the day, as a part of our life together in God. The goal was, in part, to learn to trust one another in conversation, something we sometimes struggle with as a community. It was also an opportunity for me get a sense of how we feel about music in our community, and where we want to go. In this letter, I want to reflect back to you what I learned, giving you a sense of what we are going to do with this information.
Kneeling demonstrators with "I Can't Breathe" sign.

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…

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…

Tree of Life: Street Roots

St. Philip’s Tree of Life is our effort to give back to organizations that benefit our community, a commitment we made as a part of our 2019 Annual Budget. Not only do we experience God’s love in and through our parish, we recognize that God’s love is all around us, through organizations and ministries that care for all of God’s creation. Each one of these organizations is close to the heart of someone in our church family, and is supported by our…

Rector’s Note: City Advocacy

As many of you know, St. Philip has been a part of the Leaven Community Land and Housing Coalition. Mtr. Alcena Boozer, Joe Nunn, Hope Keller, Sarah Groshell and Medina Glenn have all gathered to discuss what advocating for Affordable Housing looks like, and how St. Philip might use our land to benefit our neighbors and city. Today, I testified (via Zoom) before City Council to support the Expanding Opportunities for Affordable Housing. Written testimony can be submitted until May…

Sew with us: Packed with Dignity

Come sew with us! Goal: 100 Backpacks for men and 100 Backpacks for women will be created for the clients who use the services of the EMO HIV Day Center. The backpacks will be created by friends of St Philip the Deacon church under the direction of Viola Horton. The packs will be filled with a 20 piece pre-assembled hygiene kit, and additional items such as socks, underwear, masks, washcloths, feminine hygiene products, all in various sizes. How a ministry…

Act from Home for Homes!

Act from Home for Homes! Portland City commissioners will be voting May 14th on proposed code and zoning amendments that will remove barriers to affordable housing development on faith community land. Show your support from home by calling and submitting online testimony. Join us to learn how!