A Gathering Space for: Conversation, Connection, Community Change.

Stop and Smell the Roses

Have you stopped to smell the roses? Here’s what I mean: When was the last time that you paused to celebrate transformation in your life, in a loved one’s life,…

New Name & Time

Friday ContemplationThings are cooking at The Portico. Here are a number of the exciting developments that I hope you will be a part of:New Time & Name. The Gathering meets…

Light in the Perfect Spot

Beam of Light: I returned yesterday from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Words are insufficient to describe the majesty and power of the experience. The above image was taken…

The Force

This time of year is filled with so much hope, nostalgia and promise.It is a joy to see children grow to be teens and mark such milestones as prom, graduation…

Stand by Mindi

It’s been said before: restoring one life creates multitudes of positive pathways in a family and a community. Since our launch, The Portico has helped restore the lives of 20 people through employment…

Wave the White Flag!

EASTER: Wow, what a morning! The Sunrise Service at Water Works Park was beautiful and powerful. Over 450 people gathered in a beautiful space to remember and respond to the…

Exceptional People

“We call April Autism Acceptance Month.” Nila Benito, the mother of our cafe artist Joseph Benito, gently informed me via Facebook messenger. “The link above explains why and this is an excerpt: ‘Autism Acceptance…

Over the Rainbow

How can a heart be so heavy, yet so hopeful?This past Sunday my Coco, my fur-baby of nearly 12 years, passed away. It all happened so quickly. I’m grateful he didn’t…

Sunrise

With warm hearts and open minds, we welcome all to celebrate Easter! 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 17 | Water Works Park Celebrate Easter sunrise with Hyde Park United Methodist in…

Rise!

Friday ContemplationI am super pumped for all of the things going on at The Portico. Sunday is The Gathering at 10:30 and The Community Meal. We are building Mindi’s house.…