Mindfulheart Meditation

Mindfulheart Meditation

Mindfulheart Meditation ~ a place to sit, breathe, be aware and heal.
Every Friday at noon.

12:00 to 12:30 – Friday Meditation
12:35 to 1:00 – Discussion & Reflection

Led by Kevin G. Thew Forrester, Ph.D.
(Licensed Enneagram Teacher, Narrative Tradition & Diamond Student)


Mindfulheart Meditation

Mindfulheart Meditation ~ a place to sit, breathe, be aware and heal.
Every Friday at noon.

12:00 to 12:30 – Friday Meditation
12:35 to 1:00 – Discussion & Reflection

Led by Kevin G. Thew Forrester, Ph.D.
(Licensed Enneagram Teacher, Narrative Tradition & Diamond Student)


Celebration of New Ministry: St. Stephen’s, Portland

The People of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church invite you to our Celebration of New Ministry.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

The Rt. Rev. Michael Hanley, Bishop of Oregon, will induct The Rev. Kevin Thew-Forrester as Priest-in-Charge of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Your prayers and presence are invited.
The festive color is red.
A reception will follow.

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.

Called: the Rev. Kevin Thew Forrester, St. Stephen’s, Portland

It is with tremendous joy and gratitude that we announce that the Rev. Kevin G. Thew Forrester, Ph.D. has accepted our call to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish in downtown Portland.

Kevin+ said of St. Stephen’s: “I see a community not retreating in the face of challenges. I see a community nurtured and reveling in the grace of excellent music and wonderful ventures into Saturday evening dinner church, in which compassionate justice is wedded to what I would describe as ‘a progressive Christianity with ancient roots.’” While Kevin+ describes his liturgy as “progressive with ancient roots,” many of us at St. Stephen’s describe ourselves as “an ancient building with progressive roots.” We certainly think we have found a wonderful fit for St. Stephen’s as we head into 2020. 

Kevin+, along with his wife, the Rev. Rïse Thew Forrester, recently returned to Oregon after having been with the Diocese of Northern Michigan for the last eighteen years. For the last twelve years, Kevin+ oversaw the parish life of three congregations in mutual ministry. During this time period he also founded two healing arts centers which offered meditation, yoga, Dances of Universal Peace, classes on the Enneagram, community readings, speakers, and discussions on topics of spirituality.  

Prior to their time in Michigan, Kevin+ worked on diocesan ministry development in Eastern Oregon with Bishop Rusty Kimsey. This is also where Rïse+ has family roots.  Kevin+ and Rïse+ met while attending The Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA where Kevin+ received his Master of Theological Studies with emphasis in bioethics and liturgics. Kevin+ also holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Theology from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Kevin+ has written several books and is a contributing essayist currently for The Progressing Spirit, where diverse perspectives and writers contribute to the growing conversation around the idea of Progressive Christianity. 

Kevin+ will begin his year as Priest-in Charge this Sunday, December 8.

Christy Emlaw McMurtry,
Senior Warden
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish
Portland, OR   

Poetry & Advent at St. Stephen’s

Take a break from the madness of Christmas season —shopping, parties, incessant commercials, and countless other obligations — by joining us at St. Stephen’s for three nights of food, talk, laughter, poetry, and prayer.

Starting Tuesday, December 3rd and the following two Tuesdays, Denise Levertov, Brian Doyle, Robert Frost, and more than a dozen other poets will help us rediscover the hope and joy of Advent.

Each night begins with a simple dinner at 6:30. Poetry starts at about 7. And we finish with compline at 8:30 or thereabouts.

Please come if you can, since it will be another year before we celebrate the season quite like this again.

Questions? Email Ken Ballard at quitepositive@gmail.com.

Veterans Day Service Project for St. Stephen’s Parish


All volunteers are invited to join our next SERVICE PLATOON!

THE MISSION CONTINUES IS coming back to help St. Stephen’s and all our building outreach partners as we: :
– Finish painting the Parish Hall and hallways
– Improve our clothing & Food Pantry storage areas
– Hang signs

This is a fun and rewarding opportunity to honor and work side-by-side with our amazing Veterans who believe in service.

Eric Herndon (254) 661-1963

Shakespeare & Psalms

On Tuesday November 12th and 19th, Shakespeare & Psalms examines the all too human conflict between “ought” and “want,” utilizing two exemplary sources as our starting point.

Each night begins with dinner at 6:30. About a half hour later we’ll read soliloquies from The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Macbeth, and other plays, while comparing Shakespeare’s not always consistent stance with the 8th, the 23rd, and other psalms. We then finish with a brief prayer service at close to 8:30.

Please join us for either or both nights.

Jazz at Bijou Cafe

The night includes light hors d’oeuvres from Bijou and live jazz by Cheryl Alex.

Listen to jazz, meet new friends and learn more how St. Stephen’s, Portland outreach program, Clay Street Table, is expanding their outreach to other churches and locations via a new “Pop Up Pantry” pilot project.

For ticket information: Contact paul@claystreettable.org

Bijou Cafe is located on corner of SW Third and Pine Street. Please join us!

Piano Recital: “The Unbearable Lightness of Grief”

Stephen Lewis, performs a recital exploring grief, death, transcendence, and acceptance. The program includes (in this order):

Chopin Sonata #2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
Scriabin Sonata #4 in F-sharp major, Op. 30
Brahms Drei Intermezzi Op. 117
Mozart Sonata #8 in A minor, K. 310

Chopin’s Sonata, which includes the famous funeral march, depicts life, death, contrasting visions of how we leave this life: vibrating into celestial light through ecstatic movement on the one hand and grief with a stylized, narrative perspective. Following this opening, Scriabin and Brahms present co, retrospective and muted resignation on the other. Mozart’s A minor Sonata, written in the aftermath of his mother’s death, provides catharsis through the rawness and immediacy of grief.

There will be a reception afterwards and a chance to purchase his new album!

Admission: freewill donation

Dr. Stephen Lewis serves as Music Director for St. Stephen’s Epicopal Parish. Stephen received his D.MA. (Doctorate of Musical Arts) in Contemporary Piano Performance from the University of California San Diego, where he also received a Ph.D. in Composition. He is also a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he double-majored in Composition and Piano Performance.