Koinonia Fellowship

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Looking around the broader church, it often feels like people want to go backwards to a glorious past. When it comes to Jesus folks, however, we aren’t trying to get back to some perfect past in the 1950s or 50 AD. What we’re doing is faithfully walking with the Christ into the unfolding hope and promise of the future. It’s a two steps forward one step back journey down the spiral way. 

Which means as we stand on the shoulders of those saints that have gone before us - in our own lives and in the global community - we carry forward the best parts of our shared tradition, while also packing lightly for the journey ahead.

Change / Growth / Community w/ Brit Barron

Brit Barron, pastor at New Abbey in Los Angeles and Spiritual Director of The Christian Closet, spent the weekend in Portland with her wife Sami. Sharing time with them was an incredible gift to our community and Brit’s message encourages us about our role in the healing and repair of our world - right here and now.

Keep up with Brit on britbarron.com and Instagram

Two by Two

 Original painting by Georges Roualt

Original painting by Georges Roualt

Jesus sent his friends out two by two to turn the world upside down in order to invite it to get rightside-up. Sure, it was all about big ideas like love, healing and inclusion, but it was worked out in the small ordinariness of life together. That’s the thing about this whole Christ story, it’s about community and action going hand in hand. Join us this Sunday at 11am as we kick off our new series, “Ubuntu: I am because we are.”

The Satan, Balaam & the ass

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In her book "A Circle of Quiet," Madeleine L'Engle writes "Like it or not, we either add to the darkness of indifference and out-and-out evil which surrounds us or we light a candle to see by."
I think real deal evil is all around us. When it comes to babies being snatched from their loved one's arms and put into detention centers or when it's addiction dragging our loved ones down in a sea of despair, we see a tragic denial of human flourishing.

The Jesus story goes like this: there is an immense amount of darkness in the world, but there is a light that shines brighter, and a love that is bigger than anything in its way. 
To put it differently: when it comes to following Jesus, it's not a fair fight for evil - because love wins, the stone has been rolled away and resurrection life has the final word!

So what do we do with Satan and the idea of the devil in our Scriptures? Faithful people for millennia have had a lot of different ways to approach this odd adversarial character - and we're going to dive right in and talk about it so that we might talk about how we as a people might deal with the real deal devils in our midst.

Ethos: Hope

Hope is seeing beyond what we can see, knowing that the stone has been rolled away. 

“People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.”  - Dorothy Day