Hi, folks. I'm home from a week in Florida and catching up. Until I can get a few things jotted down, enjoy this video some folks at my church made.
You can visit the church's website at wickerparkgrace.net. It is a community of folks who have made me feel completely accepted and able to explore my relationship with God more fully than I have ever been able to.
Last night, Jacob and I went to visit a Reconstructionist synagogue for Shabbat service. We read the website wrong and didn't realize that it would be the family service. It was fun to watch these loved kids run around and recite prayers. I felt really welcome. Also, I like that the Rabbi added "and all of his creation" to the prayer that thanked God for loving the people of Israel. I also really like the doctrine of Reconstructionism and that the synagogue's publications all have a section on Tikkun Olam, which is the idea that we should be mending the world. It's a little far away but I think we'll manage to make the jaunt if we like the community since it's no further than Wicker Park Grace. We'll keep lookng around, though, to make sure we're completely happy.
Makers Market today in Portland! - Today at the Taproot Market in Portland! So many lovely treasures for gifting! Join us from 9-3 on Cove Street!