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Gnock Gnock Gnocking on the Gnostics’ Door

posted by Joel Gunz

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 […]

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Home PDX: A Church By Any Other Name

posted by Joel Gunz

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, […]

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Happy Anniversary from Emmanuel Temple Church

posted by Joel Gunz

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 […]

Martians for Jesus Invade!

posted by Joel Gunz

For decades, Portland’s Southeast Hawthorne neighborhood has been a center for our city’s West Coast counterculture, offering more head shops, thrift stores and local arts and crafts than you can shake a doobie at. You don’t have to share all […]

A Year of Sundays: Weeeeee’re Back!

posted by Joel Gunz

Hey, dear reader! It’s time for New Year’s resolutions. Amanda’s and mine is to stay in touch with you. It’s been too long! Without getting into too much detail, we’ve agreed that church needs to be returned to its rightful […]

Lone Fir Cemetery: A great place to get laid (to rest).

posted by Joel Gunz

It’s Portland’s oldest burial ground. It’s been listed by National Geographic Magazine as one of the world’s top ten must-see cemeteries. And judging by the panties and malt liquor empties that we found during a recent daytime walk-through, there’s no […]

Downtown Chapel–Doing Everything it Can to Make Itself Useless (In a Good Way)

posted by Joel Gunz

10 months into our Church Tour 2011, I’ve come to a few conclusions. For one, church gets done best when it serves people who need religion the most. Whether by dint of circumstances beyond their control (often financial and mental […]

Our First Year of Sundays Swag: Snap it up While it’s Hot!

posted by Joel Gunz

Ever been so angered by one of our posts you wished you could get a piece of us? Now you can! By special arrangement with the Alfred Hitchcock Geek House of Merchandise, we have lovingly applied the graphic above to […]

Now Boarding, Flight 112 to Hare Krishna!

posted by Joel Gunz

If you’re a man or woman “of a certain age,” you probably associate the Hare Krishna religion with your local airport. Once upon a time you could find them proselytizing—or, if that failed, accepting donations—as people got off the plane. […]

Downtown Chapel: Seeing how the other half lives

posted by Joel Gunz

Last week we visited the Hare Krishna church and, just in case you’re wondering how we felt about it, stop back FIRST THING TOMORROW MORNING and find out. But today we decided to take the kids into Old Town (where […]

Guess where we are today?

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

What I Did August 7: The Quakers — Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

posted by Joel Gunz

You know them as Quakers. They know themselves as Friends, or, officially, as the Religious Society of Friends. If you vote Democrat, raise chickens but don’t eat them, wear Jesus sandals and own a first edition of the Moosewood Cookbook […]

Heartbreaking

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

A rabbi is chanting voicemail messages left by people in the towers.

LIVE BLOGGING OUR 9/11 CHURCH CRAWL

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

In honor of the ten year anniversary of 9/11, we figured it was high time we visited a faith that neither of us knows much about: ISLAM.  In preparation, I took Beliefnet’s Test Your Knowledge of Islam quiz and my […]

Ba’witched, Ba’othered and Ba’wildered at Beaverton Baha’i

posted by Joel Gunz

Hey, remember us, your favorite churchgoing atheists? We’re still here and we’re still hitting the pews. This week will be a special catch-up week, where we tell you about the churches we visited over the last month or so. But […]

Portland’s Best Live Jazz at Augustana Lutheran Church: Who Could Ask for Anything More?

posted by Joel Gunz

I was still a teenager when I first met world class drummer Ron Steen. He’d dropped by my jazz band class at Jefferson High School—then a performing arts “magnet” school—to offer some of the young turks like myself a few […]

Metropolitan Community Church of Portland: Observing the High Holy Day of Gay Pride

posted by Joel Gunz

By Joel Gunz In a perfect world, you would never see a church set aside just for gay people. It makes about as much sense as starting a church for the left-handed, the red-headed  or the peanut-intolerant. But we don’t […]

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 […]

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

Jamming on a Sunday Morning

posted by Joel Gunz

Ever since sound engineer Frank Laico laid down the tracks to Miles Davis’ ‘Round About Midnight in an old Armenian church in 1955, jazz musicians have eagerly sought out echoey old houses of worship to convert into recording studios. As […]

Jesus an’ Cocktails*

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

When I picked my kids up from their dad’s house on Thursday after work, the first thing out of my seven-year-old son’s mouth was, “Hey Mom, how many days left till we get to go to church again?” Not how […]

Hells Bells!

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

Somehow I accidentally published a draft of my next post before it was finished! (Kids: don’t drink and write.) I’m editing away and Joel and I will be posting both of our reports soon. Now I feel like I just […]

Even Lady Gaga? Buddhism’s “Acceptance” Asks More from Me than I Can Give.

posted by Joel Gunz

Sometimes coincidences transpire so fortuitously that they cause you to question your disbelief in God: little events that deliver just what you need, when you need it, neatly packaged as a can of chicken soup for the soul. This Sunday’s […]

Thank You For Your Kind Attention

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

I went into the temple last Sunday knowing next to nothing about Buddhism. I’ve never been to a service and I’m attempting to approach this project with an open mind so I can get a fresh perspective, which mean aside […]

The Grotto: Sinning Ain’t No Picnic

posted by Joel Gunz

This Sunday, Amanda, her kids and I dropped by The Grotto, a.k.a. the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother. Located on NE Sandy at 85th, it’s a 65-acre sacred oasis plopped into the middle of Portland’s crackerbox-apartment-and-lingerie-parlor district. Inside, however, […]

Behold Thy Mother

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

If the AMEZ Church was God from the inside out, The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother was God from the outside in. First, let’s ponder that name, shall we? I mean, as if it’s not bad enough that the […]

AMEZ Church: Comfort food for the soul

posted by Joel Gunz

Great church. And it’s fun to say, “Presiding Prelate.”  Try it! James Baldwin, one of my favorite writers – and one of this nation’s best thinkers ever – made a decent living stuffing his books with such pronouncements as: “Love […]

Gimme that old time religion

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

I’ll be honest, I had HIGH expectations for this church. I had my mouth watered for audaciously be-feathered hats, jerry curl, purple pin-striped suits and the kind of fire and brimstone that would make my grandmother weep for my poor, […]

First Christian Church: A Church White People Like

posted by Joel Gunz

The First Christian Church website features graphics as slick and smooth as the service itself. It’s only my second post on this blog and I’m already starting to sound like Goldilocks. To wit: if the Unitarian Universalist church we went […]

First Church of IS THAT A BANANA IN YOUR POCKET?

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

This Sunday’s church was recommended by one of my blog readers in Florida. She wanted to see how her church represented itself on the opposite coast. I immediately said YES! (It’s my policy for a reason!) So we hightailed it […]

Let’s Put the “Universalist” Back in Unitarian, Shall We?

posted by Joel Gunz

Unitarian Universalist Reverend William G. Sinkford, defending the rainbow colors of conservatism. Sometimes devout believers like to mock Unitarian Universalism because it professes an all-encompassing openness to all beliefs. (They’re the people who pray, “To whom it may concern…”) But […]

Unitarian Universalist: A Queer Church Indeed

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

[Insert EYEROLL here] I’ve already written about my experience at the Unitarian Universalist church, but sadly, it took me a while to muster up the nuts to publish this letter I sent to the Reverend the next day. Here it […]

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More blogs to enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting A Year of Sundays page. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here are some other blogs you may also enjoy: Religion 101 Fellowship of Saints and Sinners Happy Reading!!!

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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