Public Theology: The Bible is NOT the Word of God
6:00 PM18:00

Public Theology: The Bible is NOT the Word of God


The Bible is NOT the Word of God* - so how might we read this inspired, ancient library of books? How might we carry these stories, poems, songs, histories, and reports? It's a tricky business in the 21st century, but we're here for it. Bring your Bible to a bar and get ready to do some sword drills over vegan nachos.

*Spoiler alert: the early pilgrims on the Way claimed only Jesus was the Word of God.

Public Theology events are free to the public and are inspired by a desire to move theology into our public lives.

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Bridgetown Forum: Refocusing My Family - with Amber Cantorna
7:00 PM19:00

Bridgetown Forum: Refocusing My Family - with Amber Cantorna

As the daughter of a Focus on the Family executive, Amber Cantorna grew up homeschooled by parents who modeled the group’s conservative Christian and family values. In 2012, after struggling for years with the fear of rejection, Amber came out to her family as gay. That transparency cost her everything.

“I did not dream that I would be married to a woman and that my dad’s position at Focus would divide me from my family rather than keep us focused on it—but that’s what happened,” she says.

In her book Refocusing My Family: Coming Out, Being Cast Out, and Discovering the True Love of God, Amber recalls a happy childhood in a family that outwardly seemed perfect, but a dark side emerged as she struggled under the weight of perfectionism, reputation, and appearances. Amber tells of her journey of self-discovery and exposes the dark truths of how the values of Focus on the Family tore her family apart. Ultimately, her struggle was transformed into freedom when she boldly stepped into her identity and discovered that the true love of God surpasses all.


We will also hear how we can best advocate for inclusion in our churches, as well as a public policy update on LGBTQ rights in Oregon and across the United States.

This event is sponsored by Union for Affirming Christians, Convergence and Christ Church: Portland.

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Inclusive, Still Christian: Good News For The Journey
7:00 PM19:00

Inclusive, Still Christian: Good News For The Journey

This is a free ticketed event! Please grab tickets here.

So, how do we faithfully & inclusively do church? And be church? And walk with Jesus as believers on the way? We have some good news - it's not only possible, it's what God's dream is for our world.

Join us for this special event with the Gay Christian Network as we lean in to God's radical, inclusive love for all of us. #LoveWins

Rev. Dr. Paula Williams
National trans advocate and member of GCN’s Board of Directors

Rev. Dr. Paula Williams is the former CEO and Chairman of the Orchard Group, one of America's largest church planting ministries. She also served as weekly columnist and Editor-At-Large for Christian Standard magazine and as a teaching pastor for two megachurches. Those responsibilities ended when she transitioned to live as Paula. After 35 years in New York, Paula moved to Lyons, Colorado, where she currently works as a pastoral counselor and church consultant. She also serves with OPEN, a network of progressive evangelicals, and the Center for Progressive Renewal, both initiatives of Convergence. In addition to serving on the Gay Christian Network’s board of directors, she is an active member at Highlands Church in Denver, Colorado, where she leads their church planting team and preaches occasionally. 

Constantino Khalaf
Director of Operations, GCN

Constantino found Christ in his early 30s, having been out as gay for more than a decade. He has been involved with GCN as a volunteer since his conversion. He has a background in journalism and is a graduate of Columbia University. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his husband, David.

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Portland Pride 2017
10:00 AM10:00

Portland Pride 2017

  • 799 Northwest Couch Street Portland, OR, 97209 United States (map)
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Christ Church PDX will once again be participating in Portland Pride! Meet at the corner of NW Couch & NW Park between 8am and 10:30am. If you have a shirt from last year or this year remember to wear it, but also please know that is absolutely not a requirement.

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AIDS WALK: Portland
1:00 PM13:00

AIDS WALK: Portland

Join us on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Fields Neighborhood Park

AIDS WALK Portland is a fun 2.4-mile walk for the whole family through Portland to raise awareness of, and funds for, the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Event Schedule:

The Fields Park at NW 11th and Overton St.
11:00am Park Opens With Entertainment and Activities 12:30pm Program
1:00 PM: The Walk Begins
2:30pm The Finish Line Beer Garden Opens

5:00pm AIDS Walk Portland Concludes

Over the past 28 years, AIDS Walk Portland has raised nearly $6 million. This year's goal of $450,000 is with the hope we will continue to provide and expand the services which make such a difference in the lives of our clients. Despite advances in treatment for HIV, new infections continue at alarming rates among youth, women and people of color, as well as gay and bisexual men.

Please join Christ Church in the Communities of Faith Challenge (CFC) to make a donation and support such a worthy cause. To do this, please click on the link:

You have the option of Donate Now or Join the Team. If you choose to just simply donate, please click on Donate Now. If you would like to donate and join the team which requires you to also raise funds for the team please click on Join the Team. The goal for Christ Church is to raise 1,000.00 so let us all not only reach the goal, but exceed it!

The preferred method of donating is via the link above however, if you would like to make a cash donation, this can be accepted as well along with checks made out to Cascade Aids Project and will be added to the grand total. For questions, please contact the Christ Church AIDS Walk Team Leader Bob Cummerlander Jr. email: or Pastor Adam Phillips email:

Cascade AIDS Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law. Our Tax ID # is: 93-0903383.

Cascade AIDS Project | 503.223.WALK (9255)
208 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 800
Portland, OR 97204
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Let God Bring Us Together: LGBT Spiritual Group
7:00 PM19:00

Let God Bring Us Together: LGBT Spiritual Group

This group is designed to create a space for people that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or other sexual identity who would like a space to have opportunity to fellowship, discuss identity issues without judgment, have been hurt by the church for not being accepted, and discuss what God's love means for us all. This week I would like to spend some time discussing chapter 2 of Matthew Vines' book, "God and the Gay Christian". During the last group we reviewed parts of Chapter1 and discussed the tragic event which happened in Orlando as well as other related events impacting the LGBT community. Chapter 2 discusses, "Telescopes, Tradition, and Sexual Orientation". It is not required to read chapter 2 prior to the group.

This group will be ongoing and will take place twice a month. There are no fees associated for attending and no obligation to join the larger church community. The group will be held at First Christian Church 1314 SW Park Ave. Portland, OR 97201 (Note: If you use the parking garage located on the corner of Jefferson and 6th I can validate your parking - Also please enter the church on the side door located on Park Ave.). If you are interested in joining or finding out more information about the group feel free to email me. I hope to see you all there!

- Bob Cummerlander Jr.

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Portland Pride Parade
10:45 AM10:45

Portland Pride Parade

Christ Church & First Christian Church will be marching in the Portland Pride Parade this Sunday June 19th, 2016. If you would like to join us to march please meet us in downtown Portland at 10:45am on NW 8th Street between Everest and Flanders (Please provide yourself with enough time to find parking and anticipate traffic).

A van will be provided with limited spaces for those that are unable to walk the route which will travel alongside marchers. If you would like to help decorate the van, please arrive at the location above at 8am (decorations will be provided). If you would like to make signs for the parade, please arrive between 9am - 10am to provide yourself with enough time (limited materials will be provided).

Also, for those that have children it is permissible to bring a wagon to pull along the route. The entire distance of the parade is 3/4 of a mile. Official kick-off is 11am however, the church is placed near the middle of the parade line-up yet, it is still important to arrive at or before the designated time. 

For questions about the event feel free to email me at

I hope to see you all there for this amazing opportunity to share Christ's love to so many by reminding everyone, "All people are welcomed at God's table."


- Pastor Adam

More details can be found at the Pride Northwest website.

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God & the Gay Christian: an evening with Matthew Vines on LGBTQ inclusion
7:00 PM19:00

God & the Gay Christian: an evening with Matthew Vines on LGBTQ inclusion


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Imagine a fully inclusive, welcome and affirming faith community. In fact, an LGBTQ inclusive community of faith is happening. Join Matthew Vines, a nationally recognized leader on inclusion, with local voices, to be part of this spirit-led, faith driven movement for inclusion. In this Pride-centered event, Matthew Vines will share his own story and what the Bible actually says about same-sex orientation. We’ll also be joined by out worship leader Christina Cobb (Seattle’s EastLake Church) who will share music as well as hear perspectives from Portland’s own Robin Knauerhase.

More on Matthew Vines:
As a young Christian man, Matthew Vines harbored the same basic hopes of most young people: to some-day share his life with someone, to build a family of his own, to give and receive love. But when he realized he was gay, those hopes were called into question. The Bible, he’d been taught, condemned gay relationships. 

Feeling the tension between his understanding of the Bible and the reality of his same-sex orientation, Vines devoted years of intensive research into what the Bible says about homosexuality. With care and precision, Vines asked questions such as: 

• Do biblical teachings on the marriage covenant preclude same-sex marriage or not? 
• How should we apply the teachings of Jesus to the gay debate? 
• Can celibacy be a calling when it is mandated, not chosen? 
• What did Paul have in mind when he warned against same-sex relations? 
Unique in its affirmation of both an orthodox faith and sexual diversity, God and the Gay Christian has sparked heated debate, sincere soul search­ing, and widespread cultural change on the issue of what it means to be a faithful gay Christian.

More on Christina Cobb:
Christina Cobb is a worship leader at EastLake Church outside of Seattle. You can see more of Christina’s story on coming out and being included and affirmed here 

More on Robin Knauerhase:
By day, Robin Knauerhase is a Research Scientist with the Intel Labs, where she has been researching software techniques to reduce power consumption in "extreme scale" supercomputers. In 20+ years at Intel, she has been involved with research from tiny mobile devices and laptops through cloud/datacenters and high-performance computing. She is active in academic collaboration, shepherding Intel grants to universities and participating in collaborative research.

Outside of work, Robin whimsically thinks of herself as an "iconoclastic punny geek Christian, aspiring polymath". She is a board member of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists and Council Member for the GLAD Alliance (sister LGBT group for Disciples of Christ). Robin enjoys volunteer work with her church and The Living Room; social justice policy, thought and debate; clever puns, and spicy foods. She lives in downtown Portland, Oregon with her wonderful cat Libby and is a member of First Christian Church, Portland.

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