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Neighbors, “Armageddon” and Trap-doors

Truth be told (and this is embarrassing), I am much better at talking about “neighborhood” then I am at simply being a neighbor. I have a hard time getting to know the middle-aged single recluse next door. I have to ask Aimee to remind me the name of Donna’s husband across the street. I struggle […]

"Envision" and "Ethnic Space"

I was honored to just sit near and under such thoughtful followers of the Jesus-Way like Randy Woodley, Soong-Chan Rah, Andrea Smith, Richard Twiss, Lisa Sharon Harper and Terry LeBlanc (to name a few). One of the “take-aways” from that time was being introduced to a new website called “EHTNIC SPACE” http://ethnicspace.wordpress.com/. If you have […]

May 23rd- I am preaching at Piedmont Presbyterian

Sunday, May 23rd is Pentecost Sunday. This is the second of four weeks that Pastor Sarah asked me to cover the pulpit while she is on maternity leave. Pentecost is eternal celebration of that first dramatic conception of the “church”, after Jesus’ death and resurrection. The moment itself (Acts 2) is as shocking and explosive […]

On Village

(I would love to get your thoughts on this concept.  This is becoming so important that it is starting to organize everything else.) I have been a life-long church-goer. It is one of the tremendous gifts of my life. From a wooden pew I was taught that Jesus loves the whole world. It only makes […]

Chain Store Reaction

Think Globally, Act Virtually. Back in the fall, Jared and I were working on several campaigns related to Human Trafficking (Call+Response FIlm, Community Commons). It was an eye-opening and often heart-breaking time for both of us and we know it was as well for many of you. Issues like modern slavery (the world’s 27 million […]

The place where I live

Some Months ago I attended the Restorative Listening Project’s event around the film “Northeast Passage”. The event was hosted by John Canda, among others, and gave the diverse audience of inner Northeast Portland residents a chance to explore and dialogue about gentrification. Restorative Listening is based on the principles of Restorative Justice which says that […]