OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Central Pacific Conference UCC: www.cpcucc.org
The Central Pacific Conference is the intentional creation of covenanted Christians under God’s guidance demonstrated by Christian commitment, openness, theological growth, steadfast hope for the future and the welcoming of all people.
Community of Welcoming Congregations: http://welcomingcongregations.org/
The Community of Welcoming Congregations CWC continues to lead the way in being a public pastoral presence that advocates for full LGBTQ equality. They have grown to 110 members and are in dialog with many more. Currently their program priorities focus on issues of gender and faith, transgender education and marriage equality.
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO): www.emoregon.org
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) is a statewide association of Christian denominations, congregations, ecumenical organizations and interfaith partners working together to improve the lives of Oregonians through community ministry programs, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, environmental ministry and public policy advocacy.
Equal Exchange: http://shop.equalexchange.coop/
A food system that empowers farmers and consumers, supports small farmer co-ops, and uses sustainable farming methods. The supply coffee, tea, and chocolate.
GALIP Foundation/Gay Church: www.gaychurch.org
GAILP Foundation/Gay Church is a website dedicated to ministering to the gay and lesbian Christian community (GLBT) and to the friends of our community. The site features the largest gay/lesbian affirming Christian church directory in the world. A large section of the site is dedicated to articles pertinent to reconciling ones faith with their sexual orientation.
Human Services in Oregon & Washington: www.211info.org
Keeping people and communities healthy means more than access to medical care. It means ensuring people have the basics, like food, housing and economic opportunity. At the nonprofit 211info, we believe in the idea of Health for Your Whole Life. It’s our commitment to work toward an Oregon and Southwest Washington where everyone’s health and social services needs are met.
Every year more than 275,000 people contact us by dialing 211, searching for resources on 211info.org, texting their zip code to 898211 or emailing us -- all toll-free and confidential. We can also answer calls in more than 150 languages.
Human Solutions: www.humansolutions.org
For over 25 years, Human Solutions has worked to help ensure that homeless and low-income families have the tools and resources they need to build pathways out of poverty. The mission of Human Solutions is to help low-income and homeless families and individuals gain self-sufficiency by providing affordable housing, family support services, job readiness training and economic development opportunities. At Human Solutions, our vision is to foster a prosperous and healthy community that is free of homelessness and of the devastating effects of homelessness and poverty.
IMIrJ is an organization made up diverse faith communities, faith leaders, and individuals called by our conscience to respond actively and publicly to the suffering of our immigrant brothers and sisters in the U.S. due to unjust immigration policies. Through advocacy, accompaniment, and organizing, they expose the harm that these policies and actions inflict on the entire community and take radical action for the transformation of power, providing real opportunities to take action for change.
Just as we open our hearts to provide welcome and accompaniment to people facing persecution and oppression, we open our doors to offer Sanctuary for immigrants faced with family separation, detention, and/or deportation.
Open and Affirming Coalition: https://openandaffirming.org/
The Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the UCC, and equips UCC congregations to become effective witnesses to Christ’s extravagant welcome. Founded in 1972, the Coalition has helped the UCC reach each of its milestones on the journey towards acceptance and justice for its LGBT and same-gender-loving (SGL)* members.
Portland Friends of Trees: www.friendsoftrees.org
Friends of Trees works with volunteers to restore native ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest. Since Friends of Trees was founded by Richard Seidman in 1989, we have planted nearly half a million trees and native plants. You can make the world greener with new friends and fellow planters. Join us for a planting or two.
Portland Fruit Tree Project: www.portlandfruit.org
Portland Fruit Tree Project is a grass-roots non-profit organization that provides a community-based solution to a critical and growing need in Portland and beyond: Access to healthy food. By empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees, we are preventing waste, building community knowledge and resources, and creating sustainable, cost-free ways to obtain healthy, locally-grown food. Because money doesn’t grow on trees… but fruit does!
Scout Troop 584: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Pack584Scouts/about/?
Scout Troop 606: Troop606.com
SoValTi is a culturally sensitive social service agency committed to serving African American and biracial individuals in the Portland Metropolitan area. We specialize in working with men, women and children using a trauma informed approach to emphasize self-examination as a means to engaging individuals in the change process. We offer an array of culturally responsive services, education, and programming. Our staff of system navigators assist and provide clients with the resources and tools to encourage success. SoValTi’s mission is to promote healthy and productive lifestyles by infusing cultural knowledge through the empowerment and strength of each man, woman, and child.
UCC Advocate for Justice: www.ucc.org/justice
Doing justice, seeking peace and building community are central to the identity of the United Church of Christ. We invite you to explore the breadth and depth of the UCC's justice work. Join us in building a stronger faith-based movement for peace, justice, equality and inclusivity. Our work is rooted in the teachings of scripture and the policies of our General Synod.
UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns: www.ucccoalition.org
The Coalition provides support and sanctuary to all our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sisters and brothers, their families and friends; advocates for their full inclusion in church and society; and brings Christ's affirming message of love and justice for all people.
The United Church of Christ Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns is officially recognized by the United Church of Christ as a related, self-created organization.
The work of The Coalition is focused on three primary areas:
Creating and supporting Open and Affirming (ONA) settings within the United Church of Christ
Supporting youth and young adults and those who work with them
But all of our work is geared to support the work of volunteers on the local level.
United Church of Christ: www.ucc.org
The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. With more than 5,100 churches and 1.1 million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world. The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).
Veterans for Peace: www.vfpchapter72.org
Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 is the Portland Metro chapter of Veterans For Peace, a national organization founded in 1985. It is structured around a national office in Saint Louis, MO and comprised of members across the country organized in chapters or as at-large members. There is an annual convention each year attended by our members, families and supporters from across the nation. Members receive periodic VFP publications. The organization includes men and women veterans of all eras and duty stations spanning the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf and current Iraq wars as well as other conflicts. Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary.