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May 2011 Archives

Church on the Mountain

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

We spent Memorial Day weekend with the kids on Mt. Hood, where we went sledding, threw snowballs and played mini-golf during the few minutes the sun peeked through the clouds. It wasn’t exactly this California girl’s ideal way to kick […]

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Harry Houdini: Ghostbuster Extraordinaire

posted by Joel Gunz

By Joel Gunz When we decided to visit the Spiritualist Church of Alice, I can’t speak for Amanda, but I was looking for one thing: a spooky thrill. That feeling of the uncanny is one of the oldest manufactured sensations […]

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In which we take a break from reality at the Alice Street Spiritualist Church

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

By Amanda P. Westmont We purposely didn’t call ahead this week to let the Church of Alice know we were coming. Joel and I both tend to be people who Live in Public and I have a propensity to over-share […]

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In a Universe of Infinite Possibilities, It’s Inevitable That There Would be a Church of Alice.

posted by Joel Gunz

By Joel Gunz With earth’s population set to reach seven billion people later this year, you’d think we’d have no trouble making new friends. But for channels and psychics who make their living networking with “the other side,” this world, […]

We See Dead People at the Spiritualist Church of Alice

posted by Joel Gunz

Don’t interrupt me…. I’m getting a message…. It’s coming…. Coming…. The… Ancients… wish… to inform you… that this Sunday… evening, Amanda and I visited the Church of Alice, a Spiritualist community dedicated to the practice of clairvoyance, mediumship and channeling. […]

How I prepared for The Rapture

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

I got Jesus on my neck-a-lus us us… How are you preparing for The Rapture? Who’s taking it seriously? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Theophilus Church: Foursquare Done Right

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

By Amanda P. Westmont I’ll be honest: part of me hoped this church would suck, just so I could call it THEAWFULEST*, but there was nothing awful about it. In fact, y’all’ll have to excuse me while I gush a […]

Getting My Fill at Theophilus Church

posted by Joel Gunz

By Joel Gunz I’m a communion junkie. After leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who restrict their bread and wine to only a tiny fraction of their members, I’ve made it a point to receive the sacraments from any church that allows […]

Theophilus Church: Tents! Tables! Tears! Oh My!

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

We had big plans to visit our local Mosque this evening, but unfortunately, having read our blog, they aren’t 100% sure they want us to come anymore. We’re in limbo waiting for their board to meet and make a decision. […]

Taizé—You’re it!

posted by Joel Gunz

By Joel Gunz In 1940, the year France was trampled under the heel of Hitler’s army, Roger Schutz hopped on his bike and pedaled 90 miles west from neutral Geneva, Switzerland to the French town of Taizé. There he settled, […]

Mother’s Day Guilt and Taize at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

Sunday turned out to be a rather rough Mother’s Day for me. I hate to admit this, but lately I’ve been finding myself navel-gazing weepily about how unfair it is that some of the hardest parenting work I’ve ever done […]

Church of the Chemically Imbalanced: The Portland Pentecostals

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

The first thing you should know about The Portland Pentecostals is that they are rabidly friendly to newcomers. Before we even found a pew, I’d shaken hands with no fewer than ten pentecostilians. Pentecostalites? Pentecostalonians? Oh. Pentecostals. Right. The second […]

The Portland Pentecostals: Calisthenics for Christ

posted by Joel Gunz

I like to imagine that our blog readers are secretly jealous of us. While you go about your humdrum lives, sleeping in on Sundays and lingering over brunch and the Sunday Times, we’re like Stanley and Livingstone in the Congo, […]

Easter Sunday was a bust. Unfortunately not the kind you can put pasties on.

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

When I first heard about Easter Sunrise Service at the Cemetery, I was expecting something spectacular. I mean, why else would you haul ass out of bed at 5:30AM on a perfectly decent Sunday morning? I expected to see the […]

Holy Vocal Chords! Our Visit to the Portland Pentecostal Church

posted by Joel Gunz

Praise the lord! We dropped by the Portland Pentecostal church today for our weekly dose of shouting, speaking in tongues and wild gesticulating from the pastors. According to the Pentecostals, we are all fallen sinners who deeply need Jesus (and […]

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posted 8:38:43am Jul. 10, 2012 | read full post »

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 have much to offer in that regard. And then I heard

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 have a different word for everything. Take the word "hom

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 our most controversial post to date. To this day, it's a

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. That's how we landed at Emmanuel Temple Church. Can I have

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

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