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Greater NW Pride: “My Name is Pauli Murray”

Brett Webb-Mitchell

2/2/2021

“My Name is Pauli Murray”   For over twenty-five years of my adult life, I lived in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. My Ph.D. came from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), in special education with a focus in the humanities. My doctoral studies were split evenly between UNC-CH and Duke University in Durham, NC. I got to know the “Tobacco Mile,” as the road was called between the two campuses, well.  I lived in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Pittsboro, NC. ...


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

1/27/2021

Make a Storytelling HGTV Video During COVID


Greater NW Pride: LGBTQIA+ Young People and the Church

Brett Webb-Mitchell

1/26/2021

LGBTQIA+ Young People and the Church   “When did you know you were gay?” is a question I am often asked in this work as the LGBTQIA+ Advocacy Coordinator. As I’ve said before on this blog and in many conversations in many church groups, I was either in the second or third grade at the time. I simply found myself more interested in young boys my age rather than young girls.    Here was a pseudo-test for figuring all this out. Many people are asked when they kissed or wanted to kiss a person ...


Greater NW Pride: Symbols Matter

Brett Webb-Mitchell

1/22/2021

Symbols Matter   Symbols and signs in our culture matter. They are indicators of what direction a people and a culture are taking. The difference between a symbol and a sign is that “a symbol can convey a deeper and more complex meaning than a sign. A sign is an indicator or marker for something very specific, very concrete and, in general, unambiguous in meaning. ... A symbol conveys a message of deeper meaning and is open to interpretation.”   Another way of saying it is that symbols, more ...


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

1/20/2021

Make It a Great Year: Your 2021 Stewardship Calendar


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

1/13/2021

1/6/21: A Reckoning of My Identity


Greater NW Pride: Inclusive Language: Update (Again)

Brett Webb-Mitchell

1/12/2021

Inclusive Language: Update (Again) When I was born, and during my early, formative years of life, the Bible that I read, and the society in which I lived, used words such as “mankind” and “men” as all-inclusive words.  "Father God" was normal language. Even in 1969, the astronaut Neil Armstrong uttered the phrase on the moon: that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” And women were to feel included in such phrases.  The idea of anyone being non-binary gender was not on ...


Inspiring Geneorsity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

1/6/2021

Paycheck Protection Program, Second Stewardship Letter, and More!


Greater NW Pride: Landmarks

Brett Webb-Mitchell

1/5/2021

Landmarks In a recent, year-end, issue of Portland’s alternative newspaper, Willamette Week, there was a review of the changes in Portland in 2020 since the arrival of the COVID 19 pandemic. New leaders sprung up around the city. New habits we have picked up (masks, anyone?). New issues came to the light of day that had long been hidden. And landmarks around Portland had closed. One of those landmarks is well-known in the Portland LGBTQIA+ community: CC Slaughters.   Reporter Shannon Gormley ...


Greater NW Pride: Pondering

Brett Webb-Mitchell

12/29/2020

Pondering   In the Gospel of Luke, the word, “ponder” is used twice in the first two chapters. The first time is when the angel Gabriel visited Mary, saying, “’Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greetings this might be” (Luke 1: 29). The second time was after Mary was visited by the shepherds who came with a message from the angels, in which “Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart”(Luke 2:19)....


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