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Discernment Communities Resources

Our approach to discernment is influenced by the Circles of Trust Principles and Practices developed by the Center for Courage and Renewal. We spend considerable time reflecting on our Baptismal Covenant and the ordination rites for priests and deacons. (1)  our new discernment “curriculum”, which provides […]

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Bishop Akiyama’s Christmas Message

Read as a PDF. The other day I was talking to a friend who is deep in grief after losing her beloved. “I’m tired of the sermons I’ve heard lately about hope – telling me […]

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Bishop’s message to wear masks indoors this winter

Dear Friends in Christ, Over the last several weeks, there has been a rise in hospitalizations in Oregon due mainly to influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and COVID-19. Physicians in our state have joined with […]

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Introduction and a brief survey from the Housing Crisis Working Group

In July of 2022, Bishop Akiyama commissioned a Housing Crisis Working Group for the Episcopal Church in Western Oregon in response to the evident emergency in our towns, cities, and nation.  There are currently six […]

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2023 Vestry/BAC Days

We are offering Vestry Days for all Clergy in Charge and their Vestries/BACs to kick off their 2023 year together. Each Convocation has a location and date and two facilitators from the Diocese to lead […]

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The Bishop’s Close and Elk Rock Garden Listed for Sale

View as a PDF Dear Friends in Christ,  Last Thursday, November 17, 2022, we officially listed the Bishop’s Close and Elk Rock Garden on RMLS.  Since becoming your Bishop in February 2021, I have heard many […]

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Called to care for God’s creation, a reflection by Bishop Akiyama

Dear friends in Christ, Recently, I was chatting with a stranger, and eager to find common ground, I commented on the weather. The stranger obliged with a friendly response, yes, it is certainly warmer than typical […]

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Demonstrating hospitality to others and to ourselves, a reflection from Bishop Akiyama

One of the hardest things we are called to do as Christians is to extend hospitality as Jesus taught. Earlier this week, we participated in one of the great rights and privileges of our democracy: voting. In […]

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Annual Enrollment for 2023: October 12 – November 2

I am pleased to provide you with these important details about The Episcopal Church Medical Trust (Medical Trust) 2023 health benefits offerings and Annual Enrollment.  Annual Enrollment for 2023 will run from : October 12, 2022 to […]

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