PACE March 2018


Photo: (c) / marekullasz (#484416138)PACE Monthly Newsletter for March 2018

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Photo: (c) / Yobro10 (#12163360)Perhaps for Lent you will want to be intentional about creating space for encountering God with renewed daily prayer, meditation, or study. You are invited to join Pastor Jeanne for weekly gatherings to study together Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan's book, "The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus' Last Week in Jerusalem." Borg and Crossan present a fresh vision of Jesus, offering himself up in commitment to the powerless and in protest to power without justice and wealth without concern for the poor. A vision that challenges, inspires, and invites us to follow!

Gather in the Circle Room, 7 - 8:15 pm, Wednesdays February 28 and March 7, 14 and 21.

Madona and ChildOn Ash Wednesday, as we were ushering in the season of lent with the refrain "Remember that you are dust," and contemplating mortality and meaning, seventeen people were murdered at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

Fourteen students and three of their teachers and coaches were killed. They were male and female, Jewish, Protestant, LDS, and Catholic, athletes and musicians and poets. They were children, parents, siblings:

Alyssa, Scott, Martin, Nicholas, Aaron, Jamie, Chris, Luke, Cara, Joaquin, Alaina, Meadow, Helena, Alex, Carmen, Pete.

They were, each one, precious, and beloved beyond compare. 

Immediately afterward, online and across the airwaves, the routine response poured out. Routine! Mass gun violence has become so commonplace that we have developed a routine: condolences, followed by thoughts and prayers, followed by debates about how to respond and about who is offering a solution in good faith and who is trying to "politicize the tragedy."

But now, something new and hopeful is happening. Instead of persisting in the headlines for just a day or two, the story is staying at the top of the news. The students who survived the attack have refused to accept thoughts and prayers without also receiving some action on the part of the adults who are meant to be protecting them. They are using their generation X tech savvy to plan and coordinate a national response. They'll be marching on Washington DC on March 24…

I am so moved by their courage in the face of heartbreak, so heartened by their determination. As we move through lent and come again face to face with the mystery of Easter, let's follow their lead and find ways to speak life and hope into the world. We'll begin gathering to consider the UCC's Faith vs. Fear: A Faith Response to Gun Violence resource (a survey of "best times to meet" will be available at Coffee hour during March). My hope for us is that we'll grow in our understanding of the scope of the problem of gun violence - mass shootings, suicides and the daily gun deaths that are mostly unremarked. And that once we've learned, we will be called together to the action that is right for our congregation.

I am inspired by the young people of Parkland, and every day I am inspired by all of you. It is a rare gift to find a community of such loving people, who carry God's love and light into the world every day, each one in their own way. Let us be glad in our hearts for this place and each other, filled up with the spirit of God's word, and empowered to keep it. 

**For more on the Madonna and Child with Goldfinch, see 

OGHS color tag 1660One Great Hour of Sharing - March 11

"Now to God be the glory, who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine" (Ephesians 3:20).

This special United Church of Christ offering supports partners in countries with ministries that fund health, education and agricultural development, emergency relief, refugee ministries and international and domestic disaster response.

One such partnership is an agricultural project with CEPAD in Nicaragua. This project helps local small farmers learn holistic ways to improve the quality of soil, drip irrigation techniques and seed selection. One Great Hour of Sharing is an opportunity to share our blessings.

PCRFPalestine Children's Relief Fund

For 25 years, the PCRF has provided life-saving medical treatment to thousands of children from around the Middle East. In addition to providing free medical care directly to children, we're also creating sustainable solutions to ongoing regional health challenges by training local doctors and providing crucial healthcare infrastructure to local hospitals. Join us for a screening of the documentary "Radiance of Resistant". It tells the story of Janna Ayyad, 9 years old, and Ahed Tamimi,14 years old, who live under occupation in Nabi Saleh, Palestine. Janna Ayyad has been called the youngest journalist in Palestine. Ahed won the Handala Courage Award from Turkey when she was 13 and met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This film will take an intimate look at their everyday lives and their importance as the new generation of Palestinian non-violent resistance.
Location: Muslim Educational Trust (MET), 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard, OR 97223
Date: March 4th Time: 6:00-8:30 Tickets: $15

American Dream Pizza Benefit for Transition ProjectsAmerican Dream Pizza is having a benefit for Transition Projects (from homelessness to housing), which is the provider for the Hoyt Street Shelter program in which we participate every month.
March 10 from 8-10:30 pm at their location at 4620 NE Glisan, Portland.
Donation request $6.00. 10% of all sales go to Transition Projects.

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