Ss. Peter & Paul / Ss. Pedro y Pablo, Portland – Visitation

Grace Memorial, Portland

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

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

St. Gabriel the Archangel Church is a congregation prepared for more! We are motivated to embody the deep and endless love Christ shows us. We honor our fellowship and work well together.

We strive to offer more to our church family and neighbors while being challenged with space constraints.

Our church was constructed in 1996 with a unique open and light-filled, multi-purpose sanctuary with exceptional acoustics that is often used for music venues. There is a small narthex and kitchen, several classrooms, a library, sacristy, and offices.  

Our location was a rural corner of Washington County. We have watched the surroundings grow with households due to our proximity to major employers such as Nike, Intel, Columbia Sportswear, and related businesses.

We desire a rector to lead us as we grow, giving pastoral care and delivering sermons that inspire and initiate conversation, learning, and a call to action. Other qualities include having a balance of trying new ideas while being well-grounded, being financially responsible, experienced in stewardship, and possessing the ability to dream of what might be.

Our Profile was influenced by the current issues we face in our community and country that touch our hearts. We need to reevaluate what is realistic in what we can and are capable of achieving as we emerge from this pandemic.

We are looking for a full-time rector to step forward and lead us into exciting changes, yet count our blessings and pass them on.

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

To apply, send your resume, OTM Ministry Portfolio, and a cover letter to Canon Neysa Ellgren Shepley at neysae@diocese-oregon.org; tel: (971) 204-4116.

Oregon Remembrance Project with Taylor Stewart

“We have the power to rewrite the ending to history’s stories,” Oregon Remembrance Project:
On Sunday, August 29 All Saints, PDX will be joined by special guest, Taylor Stewart, Executive Director of the Oregon Remembrance Project. His work helps communities in Oregon unearth stories of injustice and engage in the necessary truth-telling and repair required to reconcile instances of historical harm. Taylor will speak at all three of our services and be available for discussion after to help us think about ways we can be involved in finding justice for instances of historical justice.

8:00 am; 9:00 am; and 10:15 am services

Learn more: www.allsaintspdx.org

Electing Convention

Delegates and clergy from the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon will gather at Trinity Cathedral, Portland to elect the 11th Bishop of Oregon.

Congregation Close-up: St. Michael & All Angels, Portland

In the Hollywood neighborhood of northeast Portland, St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church is well known within the diocese for their long-standing Misa service. As the church prepares to celebrate 25 years of worshipping in Spanish, the Rev. Chris Craun smiles, reflecting on how the service started and continues to grow and develop as the congregation faithfully goes into the places of challenge and discomfort created by being a bilingual and multicultural community.

Beginning as a small group gathered around the altar with the Rev. John Scannell and the Rev. Deacon Marla McGarry-Lawrence, the Spanish-speaking community transformed over the years from an outreach ministry to an integrated part of the church’s life. During a 2017-2018 parish visioning process, a significant amount of time was given to listening to and learning the stories of church members. One exercise involved building a map with photos of parishioners, their houses, and answers to the question, “Where else is home?” For many in the Latino community, St. Michael’s was that other home: a place to be known, and safe, and seen.

Celebrating Dia de los Niños

Chris credits this sharing of stories and experiences with strengthening the congregation’s willingness and ability to embrace resilience, which the vision process identified as a core value. Resilience is a necessary characteristic for a congregation that continues learning how to engage its bilingual and multicultural makeup.

During Lent this year, the church offered introductory Spanish lessons, creating an opportunity for English-speakers to take steps in vulnerability and courage. In her commitment to be the rector of the entire church body, Chris has spent significant time developing her Spanish skills and learning about Latino culture, determined to overcome her own discomfort and fear of looking foolish while modeling humility and a willingness to engage in spite of the mistakes that inevitably happen in cross-cultural relationships.

Building Beloved Community is a long process that The Episcopal Church symbolizes with a labyrinth, and St. Michael’s experience bears out the reality of this metaphor. Throughout many twists and turns, coming to this 25th Celebration of the Misa is a recognition that the English- and Spanish-language speakers of St. Michael’s are deeply committed to God and to each other.

Visit the St. Michael & All Angels website.