Diocese of Oregon COVID-19 Update – January 2022

Bishop’s Message

Stories From The Diocese

Bishop’s Message: Change in Diocesan Office Staffing

View as a PDF Dear friends in Christ, I write to announce a change in the structure and staffing at the diocesan office. Effective June 1, 2022, the diocesan staff position of Controller will be […]

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Train of Tears, the news, and turning to Scripture -a Reflection from our Bishop

Dear friends in Christ, Last Friday I spoke at the “Train of Tears” event sponsored by Riverside Church in Hood River.  This United Church of Christ congregation decided a year ago to investigate their response to […]

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Bishop Akiyama’s Message on the Potential Reversal of Roe v. Wade

View as a PDF, y en Español. Dear Friends in Christ, Many years ago, I heard a reflection about wealth in which the speaker said, “For me wealth is all about choice – having the […]

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An Easter Message from our Bishop

Dear Friends in Christ,  I’m wondering how you are experiencing Easter this year. It is our biggest celebration of the Christian year. Many of us will be gathering for the first time after a long […]

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A message from our Bishop on Palm Sunday

Dear Friends in Christ, This year, I invite you on Palm Sunday to enjoy the celebration and then prepare to walk with Jesus during the week in which he is crucified and killed. I encourage […]

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Diocese of Oregon COVID-19 Update – March 2022

Read as a PDF. Dear Friends in Christ,  This Saturday, Governor Kate Brown will lift the mask mandate for the state of Oregon. This comes after cases and hospitalizations in the state of Oregon have […]

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Let us turn to prayer in the face of evil, a reflection from Bishop Akiyama

Dear friends in Christ, You may have noticed that I tend not to react to the latest news item by immediately writing an article or posting on social media about the event. It is not that […]

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Persisting and prevailing, a reflection from Bishop Akiyama

Dear Friends in Christ, “So, tell me, Bishop. Do you believe you will prevail with this lawsuit?” The interviewer had the distinction of being the first to pose the question so bluntly.   We had been […]

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Victory through the cross, a reflection Bishop Akiyama

“History is always a matter of trying to think into the minds of people who think differently from ourselves.”     —N.T. Wright “For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties […]

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Diocese of Oregon COVID-19 Update – January 2022

View as a PDF. En Español. January 28, 2022 Dear Friends in Christ,  Over the last few weeks, we have seen record COVID-19 case numbers across the country and in Oregon. The Omicron variant has […]

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