St. Barnabas, Portland

St. Barnabas, Portland

Bishop Akiyama will visit with the community at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Portland, OR for a visitation.

Grace Memorial, Portland

Bishop Akiyama will visit with the community at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Portland, OR for a visitation.

Free concert: St John the Baptist’s Coulter Concert Series presents organist Barbara Baird

The hour-long concert is free to the public and will feature music by Buxtehude, Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Langlais. With the new expansion of the organ — including the recent addition of horizontal trumpets — the tonal resources of the instrument are stunning!

Dr. Barbara Baird has been a member of the University of Oregon music faculty since 1988, teaching organ, harpsichord, and piano. An active recitalist since 1971, Baird has performed throughout the United States as well as Argentina, Brazil, Europe, and Australia. A frequent adjudicator and clinician, she regularly conducts workshops and masterclasses for keyboardists, particularly on Baroque and Classical Period Performance, and Keyboard Pedagogy. Baird has been a presenter and recitalist at both national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and for the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society, the Western Early Keyboard Association, the Organ Historical Society, the Historical Keyboard Society, the Oregon Bach Festival, several chapters of the American Guild of Organists, and for piano teachers’ guilds in the United States and Australia. She is particularly known for her presentations on organ manual and pedal techniques for beginning organists, as well as New Organist workshops.

No tickets are necessary; donations are welcomed.

Part-time Vicar – St. Andrew’s, Portland

Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church is a small, warm mission parish in the heart of North Portland, close to the historic St John’s Bridge. Our unique campus has three separate buildings: our original building with the Hereford House Food Pantry in the lower level and a therapy group that rents the upper level, Rankin Hall, an old Portland branch library, and our primary church building. 

 We are looking for a Vicar who will work alongside us as we strive to live out our baptismal covenant in our congregation, our community, and the world. This priest will seek to know us as we work to welcome all inspired to join us. Many in our area are experiencing poverty, houselessness, racism, and environmental injustice. Our longtime pantry ministry is very important to our members and to the community. We look for a priest who will inspire us to take our faith into practice in the world. 

We desire someone who will lead relevant weekly Eucharist services along with periodic study groups. We have elderly members in need of pastoral care as well as members seeking to be empowered to expand involvement and service in the community. This person will also need to have administrative skills to help us keep our volunteers and finances on track as we pursue a broad agenda. 

 This is a ½ time position.  Please check out our Parish Profile . 

To Apply, please send your resume, OTM Portfolio, and a cover letter to The Rev. Christopher Craun at chrisc@diocese-oregon.org

Welcoming our Elders Home, at St. Philip the Deacon

This blog was written and contributed by the Rev. Maria McDowell and the community at St. Philip the Deacon, Portland. Learn more about St. Philip the Deacon’s work Welcoming our Elders Home by visiting their website, https://www.stphilipthedeacon.org/serving/welcoming-our-elders-home/.


St. Philip the Deacon, in partnership with Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI), Urban League of Portland, Northwest Pilot Project, and the Leaven Community Land and Housing Coalition, is welcoming our elders home. We are stewarding the resources God has given us to build affordable housing for Black seniors and to renovate our building to ensure that we can continue to live out the heart of this parish: to create and support a stable community for vulnerable neighbors.

Accounts of St. Philip the Deacon typically begin with its founding in 1911 by a group of African-American Episcopalians of Caribbean Anglican descent. Often unstated is the legacy of racism in Portland, in Oregon, and in the Episcopal Church itself, the context out of which that audacious undertaking arose. Buying land, erecting a building, and expressing its particular call to support the black community was both a challenge and a source of pride for those stalwarts—and a strong response to having been “invited” to leave the Cathedral where most of them were members, but where they would never be allowed to share in leadership.

A photo from those early days, once on display at the diocesan offices, bears the caption “Mission for Colored Work.”

St. Philip took this mission seriously, though its membership and the reach of its work were hardly limited to people of color. Its current Sanctuary and Parish Hall date from 1945. Its unassuming architecture, manicured lawn, and rose gardens have virtually camouflaged the ongoing community activities housed within it over the years: the founding of the Urban League and NAACP chapters in its parish hall, the Lee Owen Stone Preschool cooperative, church social clubs, seniors’ computer classes, after-school programs, music and dance lessons, shared sanctuary for Ethiopian, Latino, and Native American congregations, the Deacon’s Dining Hall Saturday lunch program, and most recently The People’s Pantry, operated by the Hand Up Project.

In the face of the deaths of so many black and brown people, and the white supremacist legacy of our beloved Episcopal Church, our presiding bishop the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry exhorts us to become the Beloved Community. For many congregations, this means starting by learning through the Sacred Ground curriculum, developed to help our predominately white congregations face systemic racism. 

For St. Philip, it is the exploding housing crisis that has driven its current call to action. Members of St. Philip lost their homes in the Vanport Flood, the building of the I-5 freeway and the Coliseum construction, and the proposed expansion of Emmanuel Hospital. Members of our congregation grew up in homes where the deed specified that only whites could own the property their parents bought through white friends. The long history of red-lining and displacement of homes and businesses in N/NE Portland has led to the reality that almost 40% of the unhoused population in Portland are persons of color even though African-Americans make up only 12% of the population.

Several times in the past, the parish felt called to build affordable housing, twice attempting to purchase nearby houses and develop the property, but these plans didn’t succeed. The parish conversation arose again in 2019, and we connected with others who share our commitment to providing stable housing for all Oregonians. The Trustees of the Diocese of Oregon provided a generous 5-year grant to allow for staff and clergy funding to help St. Philip engage the neighborhood and expand its relationships and partnerships.


A Tale of Two Conversations

Throughout the COVID onslaught last year and continuing into the foreseeable future we are moving through the  difficult and challenging process of property development, including:

  1. Discerning as a parish who in particular we are called to love and house (because we can’t do it all!);
  2. Partnering with professionals create a plan that is both practical and well-designed;
  3. Development relationships to ensure successful long-term property management and wrap-around services for our hoped-for new and vulnerable neighbors;
  4. Negotiating the labyrinthine world of affordable housing funding applications for a multi-million dollar project.  

At the same time, we are using the community-organizing skills and relationships we have gained by our participation in the Leaven Land and Housing Coalition to help us better engage our neighborhood, creating relationships around our common love for this small part of Portland, and meeting the needs of our vulnerable neighbors. Over the next year, we will be asking our neighbors, What do you cherish about this neighborhood? As we hear the hopes and longings of our neighborhood we can then discern how we can come alongside what God is already doing around us.

Far from daunting, these dual conversations on affordable housing and neighborhood engagement are energizing our small parish. Our vision for “The Alcena—An Affordable Living Community” is revealing the interconnectedness of the national church’s three-fold mission of racial reconciliation, creation care, and evangelism. Our project partnerships and engagement with neighbors old and new, black and white and brown, are taking us into exciting new territory.  

True to its African American roots and through the power of the Holy Spirit, St. Philip the Deacon is “making a way out of no way” to fulfill our mission, “to be a vital presence in the lives of individuals, families, and the community.”

Full-time Rector, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Portland

St. Gabriel the Archangel is a welcoming, friendly and loving community, enriched by the diversity of our congregation.  Our church is a safe haven where we can express joy, gratitude and an appreciation for people who come from different walks of life seeking the love of Jesus Christ.

St. Gabriel the Archangel was established in 1983 and prior to the impact of COVID-19 our average Sunday attendance was approximately 140 parishioners.  We enjoy a hybrid church with both in person and Zoom services.  Since using Zoom we have expanded our reach to friends and family in Arizona, Montana, Florida, New York and London England.  We are able to spread the word of Jesus Christ well beyond what we thought possible.  

In the past we have been blessed with rectors who have been approachable, leaders, who were loving compassionate and had a sense of humor.  These qualities are desirable for our new rector as well.  We are looking for a candidate with strong administrative qualities and a communicator with excellent pastoral skills, meeting parishioners where they are on their spiritual journey.  Our outreach opportunities and growth of the church and the messages of Jesus Christ are also important goals for our congregation.  The capacity of innovation to lead our congregation into where the Holy Spirit calls us is vital.

We are a congregation of both theologically progressive and conservative views coexisting in a safe and welcoming environment.  We also have a range of views regarding social justice issues and need these issues to be tactfully incorporated into preaching the Gospel in a way that opens hearts, encourages respectful dialog and leads us to take focused action.

Our worship is always focused on God’s praise, presence, and glory.  We look forward to sermons that inspire and enlighten us, gives us some things to ponder, and helps us see the presence of God in our lives during the coming week.  Music is an important and internal part of our worship experience as well and we look forward to it.

The church is situated 20 minutes west of Portland and within 10 minutes from the campus’ of Intel and Nike.  We are blessed with a modern and beautiful sanctuary that looks out to our memorial garden providing a feeling of tranquility that heightens our closeness to God. We have an exterior labyrinth, childrens’ play area, and community garden.  We also have vacant land that could be developed all with inspiring views of the Oregon coast range.  

We are a committed congregation that has always come together.  During this time of transition it has been no different as our ministries and programs are thriving and new technologies are embraced.  We would like our new rector to encourage, inspire and support ministries while encouraging future lay  leadership.  We will look forward to working together in developing and articulating an expanded vision for our church, St. Gabriel the Archangel.

Please review our Parish website: https://stgabrielonline.org/

To apply, send your resume, OTM Ministry Portfolio, and a cover letter to the Rev. Chris Craun at chrisc@diocese-oregon.org; tel: (971) 204-4116.