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Greater NW Pride: Confession and Forgiveness

Brett Webb-Mitchell

2/13/2020

Confession and Forgiveness   In the past month, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California made history in posthumously pardoning black, gay, civil rights pioneer Bayard Rustin—the right-hand man and aid to Martin Luther King, Jr.—for past criminal offense of being jailed for “lewd behavior,” and arrested for “having consensual sex with men” in 1953 in Pasadena, CA.  Gov. Newsom then offered others pardons if they were arrested for consensual sex as LGBTQ+ individuals up to and throughout the 1950s and ...


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

2/12/2020

No Cash. No Checks. How Do You Teach Kids about Giving?


Dear Evan Hansen and the Church

Brett Webb-Mitchell

2/5/2020

  Dear Evan Hansen and the Church   Last night, I attended a performance of Dear Evan Hansen, performed by the national touring company of the Broadway show at Portland’s Keller Auditorium. Dear Evan Hansen has won many awards, including the Tonys and a Grammy. The musical focuses on the teenage years in modern America, with loneliness, mental illness, drug use, suicide, and family dysfunction dancing all around the stage and through all the songs. AH, the high school years at Beaverton High!...


Inspiring Geneorsity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

2/5/2020

It's Almost Valentine's Day: Love Your People


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

1/29/2020

The Ministry of All Believers


Greater NW Pride: The Pink Triangle

Brett Webb-Mitchell

1/28/2020

The Pink Triangle   Now and then, when working with a group on LGBTQ+ issues and the United Methodist Church, often one of the questions that emerges is, “Where did the pink triangle come from to represent the LGBTQ+ community?” Today, the pink triangle is a sign of LGBTQ+ identity, power, and pride. It was a symbol that was adopted in 1970 as a way of identifying our liberation and freedom to be the people God created us to be, without apology. I have plenty of pins, t-shirts, pamphlets, and...


Greater NW Pride: Seeking Sanctuary

Brett Webb-Mitchell

1/23/2020

Seeking Sanctuary   As a man of Christian faith who is an ordained pastor, parent, grandparent, partnered and gay, the last few week's news has been an emotional roller-coaster, as are most days of the week, weeks, months, years when it comes to LGBTQ+ folks around the world. By “emotional roller-coaster,” I mean there are some stories in the media that celebrate progress being made by those of us who are LGBTQ+ and our non-LGBTQ+ allies, as well as those stories that feel like “two steps ...


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

1/22/2020

Case Study: Even Online, Thanking is Essential


Greater NW Pride: A Busy Year Ahead!

Brett Webb-Mitchell

1/16/2020

A Busy Year Ahead   As many of us do at the end of the year, we post all the accomplishments of the past year. This being “2020,” what some people decided that it was the end of not only one year but one decade, and the beginning of a new decade, so they posted on Facebook and Instagram photos of all that they did in ten years time. It is always powerful to "look back" and see where we've been.   And now it is time to look at the days and weeks and months and year before us!   This began for ...


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

1/15/2020

Millennials Want to Give. Let Them.


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