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March 2011 Archives

A Brush Prairie Home Companion

posted by Joel Gunz

It’s been a quiet week in Brush Prairie, Washington. The last of the snow finally disappeared from the shaded North sides of the old barns, leaving the ground spongy and wet and making room for the crocuses and daffodils to […]

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Apostolic Lutheran: The Begotten

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

This Sunday we trekked out to Brush Prairie in search of a very traditional congregation that seems to have found its home in the wild jungle rolling pastures of rural Washington. I thought we were on our way to a […]

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Christian Science: As Beautiful As Grandma Ardie Herself

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

The Wednesday night service was held in the reading room, which felt like a carbon copy of our Grandmother’s living room. The same smell. The same pink walls. The same arm chairs upholstered in a bright flowery pattern. Even the […]

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Today’s Entertainment: Finnish Bunheads*

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

Thanks to a comment and a few e-mails with “Former Bunhead” (who wishes to remain anonymous, but who “left the Old Aps when [she] was 18 (as soon as [she] could without taking to the streets) and has spent the […]

There’s Something About Mary Baker Eddy

posted by Joel Gunz

When Mary Baker Eddy was a young girl, farmers used to bring their sick animals to her for healing. Of course, this was New England in the 1820’s, the birthplace of American transcendentalism. In Russia, Madame Blavatsky was soon to […]

Christian Science: This Time It’s Personal

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

Before braving my first Christian Science service, I called my dad for moral support. I wanted to pick his brain a bit and get the perspective of a long-lapsed member of the church. He had a lot to share and […]

This Sunday: Christian Science

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

This Sunday is a bit of a reconnaissance mission for me. I come from a big family of Christian Scientists whose church membership ended with my father’s generation. I’ve never been to a Christian Science church before, in spite of […]

Oh, the Places You’ll Go When You Join Sunset Presbyterian!

posted by Joel Gunz

The first thing you should know about Sunset Presbyterian Church is that, for me, the experience was weirdly reminiscent of the years I spent as a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Emblazoned over its front door was a scripture that […]

Sunset Presbyterian: Come for the Sermon, Stay for the SAUSAGE

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

I arrived at Sunset Presbyterian on Sunday thinking about my siblings. It was not only my brother Dan’s 38th birthday (dayem we’re getting old!) (Happy Birthday, Dan!) but we’d picked the church specifically because my sister was slated to perform […]

St. Mary’s Cathedral Gives Good Church

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

It’s not going to come as a shock to anyone that the likelihood of me ever ending up a Catholic is slim (See also: never). I have no intention of becoming a Scientologist, either, but wild horses couldn’t keep me […]

Church of the Day: Sunset Presbyterian

posted by Joel Gunz

We dragged our sorry, atheist, hungover asses out of bed this morning to attend Sunset Presbyterian Church — the ridiculously early 9 a.m. service made even more ungodly by the onset of Daylight Savings Time. I hope you appreciate the […]

Ash Wednesday: Because Sunday Just Isn’t Enough

posted by Joel Gunz

You may already know how keen I am on the idea of getting up on Sunday morning and going to church just to be told what a lousy, sinning piece of crap I am. So why would I put myself […]

Flea Market Cathedral

posted by Joel Gunz

Have you heard of The Bridge? No? Maybe you’re not hanging out at the right coffeehouses, yoga studios, house parties, college dorms or food banks. At The Bridge, they do things a little bit differently. If attending for the first […]

The Bridge: A Perfectly (Im)Perfect Christian Experience

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

Let me just start with a disclosure: if you’re looking for a post where I snark on the hypocrisy of your average Christian church, look elsewhere because I have absolutely nothing bad to say about The Bridge. It isn’t because […]

Church of the day: The Bridge

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

I’ve wanted to attend a service at The Bridge ever since I first heard about it, which was long before I started this little spiritual journey of mine. People talk about this church. Even a quick visit to their website […]

Charlie Sheen, My Soul Brotha; Plus Tidbits from around the Web

posted by Joel Gunz

When I discovered the poetry of Charlie Sheen, I knew I’d found a kindred spirit in this blogging project. Case in point? “A Thoughtless Soul,” which concludes thus: Yet masking truth and hiding pain, Will surely take it’s toll, Will […]

If You’re Christian and You Know It, Clap Your hands!

posted by Joel Gunz

Click on image to enlarge congregation. So this last Sunday we went to Beaverton Foursquare Church? But when we got there? Cops were all over the road! I was like, OMG, it’s an episode of Beaverton 911, LOL! But, no, […]

Beaverton Four$quare Church

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

The Official Church of Lilith Fair!
Free Radicals for Jesus!
Je$us Chri$t is the $ame Yesterday, Today and Forever!
Official Church of the Cash Cow

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Gnock Gnock Gnocking on the Gnostics' Door
When Amanda and I started our church tour, I'd had it up to here with vanilla religion. I wanted to take a walk on the wild side (read: nothing Christian), but it turns out that, for a city that prides itself on "keeping weird," Portland doesn't ...

posted 1:39:14am Feb. 14, 2012 | read full post »

Home PDX: A Church By Any Other Name
Yesterday, we went downtown to check out Home PDX. If you want to make head honcho Bruce Arnold, squirm, call their community a church.  The word has so many negative connotations, they'd just as soon not use it. Then again, the PDX Homeys ...

posted 6:54:51pm Feb. 06, 2012 | read full post »

Full-On Faith
It's been almost a year since the inspiration for this blog began with a trip to the First A.M.E. Zion Church in North Portland. It was a predominantly black church in a predominantly black neighborhood and what I wrote about it ended up being ...

posted 7:25:08pm Jan. 26, 2012 | read full post »

Happy Anniversary from Emmanuel Temple Church
One year ago, Amanda and I embarked on our Year of Sundays tour of the Portland church scene. To celebrate, we decided to head back to my roots in North Portland and visit a full gospel church, just like we did in our first week of blogging. ...

posted 12:40:57am Jan. 23, 2012 | read full post »

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