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

And Justice For All

FRIDAY CONTEMPLATION: JUSTICE FOR ALL When we think of the work of the church and faith communities we most often picture charity rather than justice. Serving people in need is beautiful and…

The Best Cast Ever!

FRIDAY CONTEMPLATION: Gone Fishing When I was 5 years old, my grandfather took me fresh water fishing 5 times. We used worms and a bobber. During each of those outings, I…

Don’t Look Away

FRIDAY CONTEMPLATION: Don’t turn away. Have you ever turned away from something that was painful to see or take in? Most of us have. In truth, most of us want to…

Seeing Clearly

FRIDAY CONTEMPLATION. When I was 20, I tore a retina. My vision went from 20/20 to 20/13 vision (even better). But…… For 2 decades, my eyesight has slowly deteriorated. Every couple…

Let’s Eat

There is power when people eat together. That’s something we have learned at The Portico’s 1001 Gathering. When we put our knees under tables, share a meal and have conversation,…

The Dog Days are Almost Done!

Hot enough for ya?Well of course we can barely stand it. The sunscreen I plaster on my face every morning begins to melt away as soon as I walk from…

Unity

Unity is beautiful, fragile, elusive, and complicated in the presence of diversity. But if unity forms around a common enemy, it’s profoundly simple. Creating unity in our time is difficult.…

Keeping it Together

Before the pandemic, The Portico Cafe was a small and mighty team of baristas and catering managers.For many this was their second “shot” at rebuilding a life for themselves and…

Chilling

Hope your summer is as chill as my dog Karl. This is a photo of him while I was working this week. I returned from an epic vacation last Saturday…

The Pursuit of Happiness

The Declaration of Independence: it could be called the ultimate break-up letter.We had to tell England, “You don’t own me“, we are born with natural rights endowed by our Creator.And while…