PEACEMAKING MINISTRY

We are active in work outside our church that answers our sense of call to action in the gospel. Join us!

  A  lice Forsythe   Peacemaking Core Ministry Facilitator   Alice Forsythe first walked through the doors of First Congregational Church some seven years ago in response to the social justice message of the wider FCC. Eventually became active in the wider mission of the Church participating in a variety of activities, beginning with the Social Justice committee. Most recently, she is a member of the Justice and Witness Committee. Alice is honored to serve, to continue and build upon the excellent service of her predecessors, most recently Stephanie Mullen. She looks forward to facilitating the current actions of our church as well as help others develop brand new ideas that could contribute to FCC's positive impact on our community.

Alice Forsythe
Peacemaking Core Ministry Facilitator

Alice Forsythe first walked through the doors of First Congregational Church some seven years ago in response to the social justice message of the wider FCC. Eventually became active in the wider mission of the Church participating in a variety of activities, beginning with the Social Justice committee. Most recently, she is a member of the Justice and Witness Committee. Alice is honored to serve, to continue and build upon the excellent service of her predecessors, most recently Stephanie Mullen. She looks forward to facilitating the current actions of our church as well as help others develop brand new ideas that could contribute to FCC's positive impact on our community.

Our community answers the call to justice that comes to us from the gospels. That calling leads us, individually and as a body, to peacemaking projects throughout our city and around the world. We work intentionally to help make justice a reality for all. We seek opportunities to communicate with others whose paths might not otherwise intersect with ours. We strive to understand the needs of our community, from root cause to possible solutions. We support the efforts of others when we cannot be directly involved.

This Core Ministry is involved with Housing and Houselessness: Goose Hollow Family Shelter, Potluck in the Park and Transitions Projects. Immigration and Race: Interfaith Movement for Immigration Justice (IMIRJ) and Racial Justice Action Group (SURJ PDX). Safety & Violence-Prevention: Soul Box Project, Ceasefire Oregon.

 

If you have a new project that you'd like to start, please email Alice with your idea.

 

 

Affordable Housing Work (MACG)


In partnership with the Metropolitan Alliance for the Common Good, we have been working on affordable housing here in our increasingly expensive city. For more info talk to Rita Delamatre (rdelamatre@uccportland.org).

Goose Hollow Family Shelter


We commit to providing dinner and helpers for one evening a month at the Goose Hollow Family Shelter. Contact Jim Sikkel (jimsikkel@comcast.net).

Potluck in the Park


The church provides beverages (procure, prepare, deliver, and serve) for about 500 to 900 hungry and thirsty (many homeless) persons in O'Bryant Square every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. To sign up call or write Ron Clevenger (clevenger2508@comcast.net; 503-221-7218).

Racial Justice Action Group


This group invites the congregation to events and direct actions in support of justice. We meet after some of these events to reflect on how public action intersects with our spiritual journeys and commitment to peacemaking. For more information, contact Stephanie Mullen (stephanierm@live.com) or Rev. Elizabeth Durant (edurant@uccportland.org; 503-946-1042).

Immigration Taskforce


Following last year's trip to the border and our ongoing involvement with the Interfaith Movement for Immigration Justice (IMIRJ) we are currently looking for better ways to "welcome the stranger" here in Portland. To learn more email Rachel Short (immigrationtaskforce@uccportland.org).

Transitions Projects, Inc. Shelter Meal


On the third Saturday of each month, several teams of church members and friends serve a meal for the residents of the Transition Projects, Inc, Bud Clark Center. To get involved reach out to Tim Pollard (timothyraypollard@gmail.com).

Village Support Network


In partnership with New City Initiatives, this group supports houseless families in need. To find out what this work entails, reach out to Paris Hancock (paris159@comcast.net).

Wayfarers


This group of lay leaders commits to follow the Way by offering direct service to the wider community, and meets each week to practice, pray, and learn more about embodying the Gospel. To learn more contact Rev. Michael Ellick (ellick@uccportland.org).


Want to get involved? Have an idea or a question? Contact us at peacemaking@uccportland.org.