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Multnomah Friends Meeting

Welcome to Multnomah Friends Meeting

Current Status of Worship During COVID
In conference on 5/19, the Ad Hoc Committee on COVID Concerns agreed that the current state of the BA-2 surge makes it necessary to temporarily return to requiring high quality masks in the Meetinghouse. In addition, all air purifiers in the building must be on their highest setting in any space where people are present. We continue to recognize that during the BA-2 surge the risk of gathering is higher, but those who are comfortable with that risk are welcome to enter for worship.

The previously announced vaccine protocols continue to be in effect until further notice. Please see the announcement below for the current requirements for entering the Meetinghouse. To protect yourself and those who will worship at your side, we require vaccination (including booster) and require all to wear N95 or KN95 masks (available at the door). This will provide greater protection against the spread of infection and provide comfort to those who are still more susceptible to infection due to age, underlying conditions, or compromised immune systems.

Please continue to check the website and/or the Bulletin for confirmation of the status of upcoming events before coming to the Meetinghouse.

Meeting for Worship is held every Sunday at 8:15 am, blended, and 10 am both blended and in-person only. Zoom and blended Meetings will always be available at this link at 8:10am or 9:55 am. Meeting ID: 705 774 465. Passcode: 923550. Please mute your audio unless you have a message to give. Meeting for Worship for Business will be held online at the same linkDialing in by phone?

Midweek Worship Group Meeting for Worship is held Wednesdays at noon using Zoom. Click this link at 11:55 am.  Meeting ID: 325 077 955. Password: 337283

Check out our Weekly Bulletin for this week's events and notices.

Current COVID Protocols for the Meetinghouse

In order to continue and maintain the best level of safety for all in our community, we will require proof of vaccination for all who enter the Meetinghouse for worship and other Meeting community activities. Two shots of Pfizer or Moderna, or one shot of J&J, along with a booster (if it's been at least five months from your last shot), will be required. Please be prepared to show vaccination card or facsimile, including an image on your phone, before entering. Once you have done so, you may choose to be added to our vaccine registry so that you won't need to show your card on subsequent visits. We also strongly require you to wear a high quality mask (N95 or KN95) in the Meetinghouse due to the current surge we are in the middle of. KN95 masks are available at the door if you need one. More detailed information regarding our revised policy can be found here.

The ARE present: Being Worthy of My Calling 
Sunday, April 24, 6:30-8pm, on Zoom

The Adult Religious Education committee presented Being Worthy of My Calling featuring Rachedl Cunliffe. She joins us to talk about discernment and a relationship with God in each person she meets.

Join us on Zoom: bit.ly/MMMWorship; Meeting ID: 705 774 465. Passcode: 923550.

Who we are....

Multnomah Friends Meeting, a Quaker spiritual community, welcomes all. We are a member of the community of welcoming congregations.

Like all Quakers, we call ourselves Friends; we are formally known as the Religious Society of Friends.

We value our radical diversity.  Our core belief is that the Divine Spirit is accessible to all. Most Friends are Christians, but many are not. We come to Friends from many faith traditions. Most of us began our spiritual journeys in some other tradition or no tradition at all.

We call our gathering place a Meetinghouse.  Striving for simplicity, our place of worship is plain. We sit together in a circle or rectangle.  Recognizing that the Divine Spirit is accessible to all, we gather without reliance on formal creeds, sacraments, or clergy. Our worship is grounded in silence.  All present are free to speak out of the silence if they are genuinely moved to do so. Spoken ministry should be for the others gathered as well as for the speaker.

The community gathers in a monthly Meeting for Worship for Business to consider together what actions we might take.  We do this recognizing that the Divine Spirit is present to guide us to decisions which are appropriate for this community at this time.

Individually we each strive to live in the Light of the Spirit which leads us to lives based in simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality. These are our testimonies and we find that in trying to live up to them, our lives are changed.

 

Multnomah Monthly Meeting Land Acknowledgement

This Meetinghouse occupies homelands belonging since time immemorial to the Chinook-speaking peoples of Multnomah, Clackamas, Cascade/Watlala, and the Kalapuya of Tualatin.  Throughout Oregon, land was stolen from tribes through the use of treaties and land grants. In 1850, the land on which the Meetinghouse sits became part of such a land grant. We understand it is incumbent on us to lean into this uncomfortable fact and consider its implications for the Meeting.        

We grieve the involvement of earlier Quakers with Indian boarding schools and as Indian agents, and the intergenerational harm inflicted. In an effort toward healing the injustices of the past and present, we commit to educating ourselves about current and historical Indigenous perspectives. We have committed to ongoing financial contributions to the Chinook Indian Nation and support their struggle to regain federal recognition. We join in the call to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery as the “theological” justification for colonialism, land theft, and the brutal and dehumanizing treatment of Indigenous people. We are actively discerning the next steps toward Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples and the land, and welcome all to join us.

Click here for more background, guidelines, and resources on the creation of our Land Acknowledgement and the creation of yours.

Multnomah Friends News

COVID Update! MFM Library Resumes Lending!

Multnomah Friends Meeting Library is once again lending books and some pamphlets, using COVID-safe procedures. Read more.

Multnomah Meeting Friends For Racial Justice Statement

Dear Friends:

Multnomah Monthly Meeting reminds Friends of our Minute on Racial Justice. In this time of universal mourning for the lives of black citizens who have been killed by and in the criminal "justice" system, we ask that friends take action to live our Minute. In addition to any specific action you are taking in response to the latest police killings of unarmed Black people, we especially encourage our white friends to please review this excellent article entitled "75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice." The Meeting's Friends for Racial Justice Planning Committee asks each of us to commit to doing one or two things from the list by a certain date. 

Please share the things you commit to doing (and updates on your progress) either on the Meeting’s Racial Justice Facebook page or by emailing the information to Lori Patterson (mamaknitty@gmail.com), who will post it on the Facebook page. These are concrete things we can do to work against racism in our own community and beyond. You can access the page by joining Facebook and searching for Multnomah Quaker Meeting Racial Justice Study and Action Group. You will see a link that says "Join Group."

Here are additional resources that you can access to find ways to support people of color and anti-racist work: Friends Committee on National LegislationBlack Lives MatterDon't Shoot PortlandCampaign Zero; and My Brother's Keeper.

Justice & Peace,

Friends for Racial Justice of Multnomah Monthly Meeting

Meeting Times

Notice: in-person gatherings and blended gatherings have returned to the Meetinghouse. Blended gatherings feature online attenders joining vaccinated and distanced in-person attenders in worship. Plain gatherings feature only vaccinated and distanced in-person attenders in worship. Check here to find out what's happening this week.

Blended Early Worship: Sunday 8:15-9:30. Click Link to enter online, or join in person at 8:10 am.

Blended and Plain Meetings for Worship: Sunday 10 - 11 am. Click Link to enter at 9:55 am. Check here soon for details.

Blended Meeting for Business: 3rd Sundays (except July) at 12:15 pm. Click Link to enter at 12:10 pm.

Blended 2nd Day Bible Study: Monday 7 - 8 am. Click Link to enter at 6:55 am.

Midweek Worship Group
Meeting for Worship:
 Wednesdays 12 - 12:30 pm. Click Link to enter at 11:55 am.

Online Mountain View Worship Group
Meeting for Worship:
 1st and 3rd Sundays 10 am. Click Link to enter at 9:55 am.

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What's New

This Meetinghouse occupies homelands belonging since time immemorial to the Chinook-speaking peoples of Multnomah, Clackamas, Cascade/Watlala, and the Kalapuya of Tualatin.  Throughout Oregon, land was stolen from tribes through the use of treaties and land grants. In 1850, the land on which the Meetinghouse sits became part of such a land grant.

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By Theresa Deibele (Treasurer)

 

At the August 2021 Meeting for Worship for Business, Meeting approved a Finance Committee recommendation that we move our banking operations. Since that time, folks have approached to say they are considering switching banks for personal or business purposes, and asked to hear more about our discernment process. I’ll try to capture the process here. 

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Dear Friends,
I have prayed and I have listened to that still small voice. Now with a heavy heart I announce that the Meetinghouse will be closed this coming Sunday, January 9, to in-person Meeting for Worship. 
The Ad hoc Committee for Building Reopening, in consultation with the Meeting’s Clerking Circle, has discerned this to be a prudent measure towards stemming the rising tide of new COVID-19 cases. We must do our corporate part to preventing the spread of the Omicron variant. 
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COVID risks are still unpredictable and serious, especially for those who are most vulnerable. The Meetinghouse is nevertheless open to serve those in our community who feel a deep need to return physically. The 8:15 Early Worship and 10:00am Meeting for Worship take place virtually, blended, and in person. Some other Meeting community events also happen in the Meetinghouse in various formats. We are doing everything we can to avoid needing to reclose the Meetinghouse, and appreciate you doing your part to support this. 

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Multnomah Meeting's Friends for Racial Justice

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Current Publications 

Personal email addresses and phone numbers have been protected in the public versions of these publications. 

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Worship with us!

(503) 232-2822
Multnomah Friends Meeting
4312 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97215
United States
Meeting Times: 

Notice: in-person gatherings and blended gatherings have returned to the Meetinghouse. Blended gatherings feature online attenders joining vaccinated and distanced in-person attenders in worship. Plain gatherings feature only vaccinated and distanced in-person attenders in worship. Check here to find out what's happening this week.

Blended Early Worship: Sunday 8:15-9:30. Click Link to enter online, or join in person at 8:10 am.

Blended and Plain Meetings for Worship: Sunday 10 - 11 am. Click Link to enter at 9:55 am. Check here soon for details.

Blended Meeting for Business: 3rd Sundays (except July) at 12:15 pm. Click Link to enter at 12:10 pm.

Blended 2nd Day Bible Study: Monday 7 - 8 am. Click Link to enter at 6:55 am.

Midweek Worship Group
Meeting for Worship:
 Wednesdays 12 - 12:30 pm. Click Link to enter at 11:55 am.

Online Mountain View Worship Group
Meeting for Worship:
 1st and 3rd Sundays 10 am. Click Link to enter at 9:55 am.

Parking and Transportation Information

Other Local meetings & worship groups