The Website is Here

This past month we launched our website for SFC, sellwoodfaithcommunity.org .  It’s a great place to check out our calendar, read the week’s new blog, and learn more about what we are doing and who we are.  One of our members created it for us and she is available as a free lance website designer at a reasonable price.  Just contact me for her information! This is my favorite part of the whole website:The Sellwood Faith Community is an experimental church committed to relational ministry with our neighbors. We long to tend our spirits in ways that are vibrant and connected to our daily lives. We are a progressive, intergenerational congregation grounded in the United Methodist tradition located in the Sellwood neighborhood of SE Portland, Oregon. We invite you to bring your questions, deepest longings, and stories and join us at the table. If you have ever wondered about the specifics of the events on our calendar our what we do page has brief explanations of what to expect at each gathering.  It’s a great way to see the vibrancy and range of this ministry.  All of it has come from the people of this community, shaping by their passions the direction of our efforts. Those of you who have inquired about financial support will be glad to know you can just click on our support page to donate. You can also support us by praying for us, sending us good vibes, referring people to our community who might be interested, sending words of encouragement, or telling us about ideas that might spark creative and relational work in our community though our connect...

Insufficient Acts Change the World

This past week has been one of such sorrow.  We talk about mental illness, racism, confederate flags, gun control, terrorism, hate, and it all seems to be a big pool of words and more words and yet nothing changes.  I saw a tweet this week by Laura Turner that said “ Praying on a night like tonight feels somewhere between insufficient and the only thing.”  It feels insufficient, that which we can do.  Yet it is often the only thing.   My friend Angie suggested we each do 12 days of kindness, one for each victim and one for each of the three bomb threats called in the next day.  Battling big darkness with small kindness may feel insufficient, but again it’s what we can do.  There are people out there who are leading change.  Bakari Sellers is a good place to start.  He’s a member of the South Carolina State House of Representatives.  Find those voices.  The ones who offer ideas of a different way.  Who know how to take a step forward into a new reality.  This is what matters, to do something.  Pray, find someone to listen to who is leading a new way , make light and love where you are, and try.  Try something new.  Try to speak up about that kid you are worried about.  Try to call someone on the hateful things they say.  Try to listen to those on the margins.   Change doesn’t happen because we talk about it.  Change happens because we are brave enough to try even in a small way to be different.  We have to try. The Daily...

Saying Thank You Is So Important

A couple of years ago I worked with an amazing pastor who wrote at least one thank you note a week. He wrote to his neighbors who beautified their yard and made his evening walk more enjoyable, he wrote to church members who went above and beyond, he wrote to the cashier at the grocery store who was always so friendly, and the mom at the soccer game who cheered loudly and positively for all the kids.  He really taught me how powerful it is to honor the ways that others make the world better.  To say I see you and the way you are trying to make a difference and it matters. I have been most postiviely impacted in my life by the people of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  So it’s natural that I would want to say thank you to those folks.  From a very early age I’ve been active in annual conference gatherings for youth, at the annual meeting itself, and on boards and committees.  I have been allowed to lead and to learn.  I’ve received many trainings and gotten to hear amazing speakers.  People have prayed for me, encouraged me, and reminded me that I have something to give for God.   I’ve made amazing friends and grown so much from being around my wonderful colleagues. Thank you. One of the things I am thankful for is that conference gave a grant to Sellwood Faith Community for us to begin our ministry.  Over the course of 4 years, from 2013-2017 we will receive $175, 771.  As long as we continue...