Finding Peace in Times of Negativity

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Many in Portland, including myself, feel we're living in a dystopian world created by issues beyond our control. We are attempting to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. We've watched the peaceful protests for Black Lives Matter escalate into all-out conflicts with federal troops who were not invited to our city. Then "grab and snatch" tactics by…

Ways You Can Participate in Change

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Following up on my post from last Monday, I've compiled a list of resources in which you may find information and/or interests from which you may find a way to help make a change. These items were found in various circulated newsletters, blog posts, and my personal reading. As I publish this list, to my…

Cool June Days

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I dedicate this post to Rev. Joshua Dunham, our former Associate Pastor and Youth Leader. Joshua brought light and understanding to the words of Micah 6:8 in a sermon a few years ago. Since then, I have read it, studied it, and prayed on it. God bless you, Joshua! These are cool June days. First…

Democracy by Langston Hughes (1949)

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Summer entered the Pacific Northwest yesterday, specifically the Portland, OR area, ablaze in sunlight and blue sky. Of course, lest we’d forget our geographic location, the occasional cloud covered the sun. Yet, that did nothing to deter the soul from dancing. In reading yesterday, I came across a poem by William Wordsworth that spoke to…