2015 Portland, OR Blessing Stop

  • Monday, 24 August – PORTLAND, OR:
    5:30 pm
    St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave., Portland
    Blessing ceremony

Guest Speakers

Paul Lumley, Columbia Intertribal Fish Commission
Portland Mayor Charles Hales
Rev. Kate Lore, First Unitarian Church
Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Columbia River Keepers
Jenny Holmes, Interfaith Power and Light
Bernadette Rogers, 350Pdx
Katie Rickman, South Sound Rising Tide
Katherine Quaid, Warm Springs Confederated Tribes
Lummi Master CarverJewell James, Lummi Nation

Blessing Offerings

Jan Elfers, Ecumenical Ministries of
Brian Manning, Greenpeace
Rev. Katherine Jesch, First Unitarian Church
Stephen Quirke, Portland Rising
Laura Stevens, Sierra Club

Something has happened . . .
by Paul Anderson


This is only my second “Totem Pole Journey.”

Jewell, Kurt, Doug, and Fred have been on many. I watch what is happening and am floored by  the message each of them shares.

Jewell is the passionate warrior. Dr. Kurt the organizer and scholar probes and challenges at such a high level that it helps organize and verbalize my own ideas. Doug quietly leads with his prayers and songs but can quickly tap into the same voice as Jewell.

Fred is everywhere capturing the stories with his video and I-Pad and when asked will step up and share his experiences.

Different voices, different experiences, but each with the common goal of bringing people together.

And it’s not just these few voices.  I’ve seen the intertribe and interfaith communities, NGO’s and people everywhere  working together to achieve common goals.

Something has happened and I believe that a tipping point is near.

Photos by Paul Anderson

Video:  Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

Video:  Lummi Master Carver Jewell James

Video: Bernadette Rogers


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