Hearing the Cries: Healing Injustice

Hearing the Cries: Healing Injustice

a bright yellow daisy surrounded by barbed wire against a faint blue sky

Hearing the Cries: Healing Injustice brings a holistic lens to being in relationship with our justice-involved neighbors: helping people of faith and goodwill, in the words of Bryan Stephenson, “get proximate” with those members of our society who have lived experience of the justice system. We hope to frame participants’ understanding of the “issue” of criminal justice as a matter of faith in action.

As people of faith, we know that our communities bring together people beyond the labels placed on us by the justice system and wider society. We are more than victims, offenders or community members—we may be all three—and our congregations may include all of us. But the ways the justice system brings people together—and keeps them separate—are different from the ways that a faith community brings people together. How are we to live together as a community? How do we resolve the inherent conflict in this existence as one body of many distinct members?

Specifically, we seek to empower community in Restorative Justice, stepping up to the responsibilities it has to those in the roles of “offender” and “victim,” and taking accountability for the harms society has perpetrated and perpetuated. These harms include those created by a justice system that distances people from their neighbors and adds layers of harm instead of resolving conflict in a just way.

We recognize a theology of interconnection and interdependence. Our need for one another, in mutually beneficial and healing relationships, happens to be at the core of pro-social thinking, as well. We also recognize the interconnection of criminal justice issues with public health concerns, homelessness and housing inaccessibility, human trafficking, trauma, recovery, immigration, and more. We are one community of many members facing diverse but interrelated challenges, holding within us unique seeds of hope and resilience—and with one, shared future.

Friday, March 6:
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Screening & Discussion of film; open to the public and included in event registration.

Saturday, March 7
9 a.m. Welcome | Keynote Panel
10:45 a.m. Morning Workshop Session
Participants will choose one track for their focus: “Prison Reentry Support: How every congregation can be a welcoming congregation” or “Public Policy Advocacy: Toward a smarter, public health approach rooted in restorative justice”
12:15 p.m. Lunch provided
1:15 p.m. Afternoon Workshop Session
3:15 p.m. Closing Keynote Plenary
4 p.m. Benediction and Sending

Enneagram Workshop: 9 Styles in Relationship

Time & Location

Feb 01, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA

About the Event

The Enneagram: 9 Styles in Relationship

Presenter: Dale Rhodes, MA, MS

Saturday, February 1, 2020 (9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Price: $50  (includes lunch)

Whether new to the Enneagram or seeking a refresher, this workshop promises to inform and deepen our understanding and application this incredible tool in our lives and work.  In this workshop, we will use the Enneagram in the context of our relationships. In any relationship, be it friendship, family, work or romantic, most of us can remember disagreeing about something insignificant.  Often, a minor spat can spiral into a major conflict without deeper exploration.  The Enneagram is a powerful tool to get to the heart of the matter in conflict, as well as deepen intimacy by helping us to identify our own blind spots and compulsions.

In relationship, the Enneagram also helps us cultivate understanding and empathy for the blind spots and compulsions of those we interact with.  Perhaps we identify first as The Protector, someone who brings focus to the value of strength; while our friend is The Romantic, someone who brings focus to the value of inner experience. Understanding these “lenses” through which we filter information can help us focus on useful ways to deepen our interactions.  This understanding creates a bridge to support better communications, more ease, and greater compassion.

Join us as we engage in lively dialogue and vibrant inquiry about the nine types. Appropriate for all levels.

Follow-up classes:

Enneagram in Relationship Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19 & 26, 7:00 pm Facilitators: Leslie Carveth and Lauren Loos, LPC


About the Presenter Dale Rhodes is a widely respected certified enneagram teacher, mentor and  spiritual director.  He brings his diverse education, experience, deep  spiritual sensibilities and skills in guiding others to discover and to  develop their deepest truths. He has learned his craft through direct  studies with primary Enneagram pioneers; including Helen Palmer, David Daniels, Tom Condon, William Schafer, and Jerome Wagner. Dale is the  founder of Enneagram Portland,  created in 2002 as the city’s primary resource for individual explorations and interdisciplinary community experiences with the 9 Points of View.

African-American Poetry Series

Our 4-week poetry series runs four nights beginning on Tuesday, January 28 and ending on February 18. Not necessary to sign-up or attend all!

Last year’s African-American series was one of the best we’ve ever had. Good poems, good talk, and good food is a combination hard to beat. We expect this year’s series to be even better. Some our poets are Langston Hughes, Tracy K. Smith, Kwame Dawes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lee Mokobe, and Danez Smith.

We begin with a light supper and end with evening compline.
Come if you can.

Yule Be Merry Concert

A Christmas season concert with merry music, poetry, and a yule log at Grace Memorial, Portland.

They will also be honoring Mark Bosworth in the blessing of beautiful new candlelight torches for the aisles at Grace Memorial.

Memorial Service: the Rev. Dr. Alice Scannell

The memorial service for the Rev. Dr. Alice Scannell will be held at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church in Portland on Saturday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m. All are invited.

Alice+ was a gerontologist, researcher, educator, and Episcopal priest. She was a Senior Research Associate at the Institute on Aging, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. Alice+ served as a parish priest, a hospital chaplain, and a chaplain in an assisted living community for people with dementia. She also authored the book Radical Resilience: When There’s No Going Back to the Way Things Were

Alice+ passed away on December 9 at home following congestive heart failure. Please pray for her husband, the Rev. John Scannell, and all those who love her.

Almighty God, we remember before you today your faithful servant Alice; and we pray that, having opened to her the gates of larger life, you will receive her more and more into your joyful service, that, with all who have faithfully served you in the past, she may share in the eternal victory of Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Messiah Sing-Along


It’s time for the annual Messiah Sing-Along at the Parish of St. John the Baptist!

Lift your voice and experience one of the world’s greatest musical treasures. (Or just come and listen!)

Bring your own score or use one of ours.

Scot Crandal, conductor
Fred Beal, organist
Jocelyn Claire Thomas, soprano
Lindsey Rae Johnson, mezzo-soprano
Michael McDonald, tenor
Zachary Lenox, baritone
David Eby, cello
Colin Crandal, timpani

Featuring Oregon Episcopal School’s Advanced Strings ensemble
David Eby, director

A Coulter Concert Production

Call St. John’s at (503) 245-3777 for more information.

Las Posadas

Everyone is invited for a traditional Mexican celebration commemorating Mary and Joseph’s search for a room in Bethlehem.