The Closing of St. David’s in Drain

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The Ordination of Elizabeth Klein and SuEllen Pommier to the Diaconate

Elizabeth Gordon Wanzer Klein and SuEllen June Johnson Pommier were ordained deacons in Christ’s holy catholic Church on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, OR. The Rt. Rev. […]

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Being the Hands and Heart of Christ in this World

This blog was written by Pamela Lyons-Nelson, Convenor of the Poverty and Homelessness Working Group. The Working Group has an upcoming online and silent auction called “Baskets of Plenty” coming this October to replace the […]

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Required for Diocesan Staff

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and the evolving variants of the COVID-19 virus throughout Oregon, vaccinations are more important than ever to move beyond this pandemic. Therefore, effective immediately, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required […]

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Project Resource: Yielding to Yield more

Dear friends in Christ, It is such a joy to begin traveling around the diocese for Sunday visitations. Connecting with parishes and missions in person allows me to feel the physical faces and spaces of our diocese. Some […]

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Retirement of the Rev. Canon Neysa Ellgren Shepley

Diocesan Announcement: Retirement of the Rev. Canon Neysa Ellgren Shepley, Canon to the Ordinary August 2, 2021  View as a PDF.En Español. Dear Friends in Christ,  I’m writing to share that I’ll be retiring at […]

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God is a basic need and Deacons will help us see that.

Last Saturday I spent the morning with the Community of Deacons to get to know them and to begin a conversation about the ways they are called to serve as Christ’s hands and feet in the world. We talked about the central metaphor for the diaconate: a bridge. Deacons are the bridge between the church and the world. Their ministry is anchored in the sure and certain knowledge that their work is to make tangible the healing and hope of Christ’s presence in the midst of suffering. This is no great insight as the deacons in this diocese know this and are living it out with deep faithfulness. But, further thought and engagement is needed around the way in which deacons are uniquely called to interpret and demonstrate the need for God in one’s daily life.

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Courage vs. Conformity

After musing on this quote, it’s hard not to think of courage as a quality that is much more accessible than we realize. If we have the capacity to conform, we also have the capacity to act with courage by not conforming. But the ease of conformity can drain our courage, making it easier to go with the flow instead of stepping up to do the right or fair thing.

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Writing the Face of Christ: Iconography

The first icon of the Hodegetria (Madonna pointing to the Christ child) was reportedly painted in the first century by St. Luke in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Staying true to this ancient Christian tradition, Trinity Iconography Institute observes the earliest canons setting forth how icons are to be made utilizing humble materials from the earth, animals, vegetables, and minerals, depicting the heavenly reality of God, His Holy Mother and the Saints.

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Living with Integrity, a reflection from your Bishop

When we describe a person as one who has integrity, we are saying they are honest, upright, and treat others with respect. We think of such people as well-integrated; they have faced their imperfections and weaknesses, and know they are God’s beloved even so.

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The Closing of St. David’s in Drain

After 70 years of ministry, the congregation of St. David’s Episcopal Church in the town of Drain, Oregon decided to end its time as a mission of the Episcopal Church in Western Oregon. The church building was sold on Thursday, June 10, 2021, to the Family Relief Nursery in Drain, a family and childcare center that has been renting space from the parish of St. David’s for many years. This relationship between St. David’s and the Family Relief Nursery has grown very close over the years and selling of the property to the Nursery was the ardent hope of the 2 remaining congregants of St. David.

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