#HateHasNoHomeHere: a rally for peace, love and kindness

BeLove(d): 2019 Portland Pride Parade

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2019 Portland Pride Parade to share God’s unconditional love for all people!

More than 75 people from the following churches came together to proclaim that people of all gender identities and sexual orientations are welcome in our churches:

  • All Saints, Portland
  • Christ Church, Lake Oswego
  • Prince of Peace, Salem
  • St. Andrew’s, Portland
  • St. David of Wales, Portland
  • St. John the Baptist, Portland
  • St. Stephen’s, Portland
  • Trinity Cathedral, Portland

Enjoy this video recap of our experience on the march.

Congregation Close-up: St. Mark’s, Medford

Building for the Future with a major expansion project

By the Rev. Tom Sramek, Jr., rector of St. Mark’s, Medford

As we move toward our 130th Anniversary on June 18, 2019, St. Mark’s is poised to move confidently into the future with new energy as a growing, thriving church in Southern Oregon. Our $2 million “Building For the Future” (BFF) Capital Project will be completed this summer, adding over 7,000 square feet of office, classroom, kitchen, library, social hall, food pantry storage, and restroom space to our church building. We look forward to engaging with the surrounding community in new and expanded ways with our new facilities.

At the same time as the excitement over our anniversary grows and our building also grows, we recognize the need to grow into new ways of being church in the twenty-first century. Within our congregation, this means experimenting with more gender-inclusive Eucharistic liturgy, establishing and sustaining small “dinner groups” to help people know one another better, building a robust year-round stewardship plan, and strengthening and refining our process of inviting new people, welcoming them, and connecting them to our common life.

In our neighborhood, new ways of being church involves expanding our food pantry capacity, strengthening our relationship with other nonprofit partners to serve the community more effectively together, and increasingly becoming advocates for social justice in our city. We are also looking towards creating a strategic plan for 2020 and beyond that will likely include both intentional welcome of our LGBTQ+ faith siblings and providing a sanctuary for those who have been traumatized by their experiences of other Christian faith traditions.

Our relatively new mission statement asserts that we are people devoted to “Sharing Christ’s love by feeding people in body, mind, and spirit.” We look forward to living out that mission and continuing to gather the physically, intellectually, and spiritually hungry from Medford and across the Rogue Valley.

Visit the St. Mark’s website.

Join the March: Portland Pride Parade

We’re marching! Join Bishop Michael and people from around the diocese on June 16 for the Portland Pride Parade.

The parade starts at 11:00 a.m. but our starting time will be later, as we are contingent #131 (about 3/4 of the way through the line-up). Please meet our group by 12:00 p.m. (noon) in Section 26 of the parade staging area, on NW Davis Street between NW 10th Ave and NW 9th Ave. Click here to see a map of the staging area.

The parade route is 1.1 miles long and flat. Click here for a route map.

Many thanks to Wayne Cornelius of Trinity Cathedral’s LGBTQ+ Fellowship, who handled the registration, and Charlene McCreight for her work with Integrity to grow participation throughout the diocese.

Film Screening: “I Dream in Another Language”

Sponsored by the LGBTQ+ Fellowship at Trinity Cathedral, Portland.

Winner of the 2017 Sundance World Cinema Audience Award, “I Dream in Another Language” movingly portrays the struggle to record a nearly extinct indigenous language, spoken only by two men who quarreled 50 years ago and have not spoken to each other since.

Based on real people and events with a touch of magic realism, “I Dream” takes us deep into the Mexican jungle to explore complex human relationships (including a mature LGBT relationship) and issues of cultural sustainability. Expert comments by Keith Walters, Trinitarian and PSU professor of applied linguistics.

The Fellowship is a social group for LGBTQ+ parishioners, as well as their friends and relatives, gay or straight. The Fellowship seeks participation by singles and couples, men and women, of all ages.

Hosted at Ron Attrell & Michael Oard’s home (17900 Green Bluff, Lake Oswego)

We will begin with a potluck supper. Everyone is welcome!

Please RSVP to:

Wayne Cornelius