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.
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
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
Kevin+ will begin his year as Priest-in Charge this Sunday,
Christy Emlaw McMurtry,
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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