Portland: An Urbane Faith for Urbanites
By turns green and gritty, Portland, Oregon, makes room for every lifestyle except boring ones. Its residents are physically active, socially progressive, and volunteer-minded. Unlike other cities that might be called "post-Christian," Portland is a place where Christian faith has always been marginal. Perhaps that's why it's now the site of some of the most innovative church-civic partnerships in the United States. Season of Service, which began in Portland and is spreading to other cities, is Portland's most visible expression of a new kind of urban Christianity: unabashedly evangelical and committed to the common good.
What happened when Portland third-graders interviewed their elderly neighbors about their city's past.
A real revival in America will include the 99 percent.
If Christians want to advance the common good, they should turn to their own hearts, not the government.
How can people who share the same faith embrace such different politics?
The Rosewood Initiative, a merging of churches, police, and nonprofits in Portland, is finding their own peace by seeking their neighbors'.
In a city still skeptical of white Christianity, Twiss's cross-cultural witness is gaining a hearing among citizens and leaders alike.
State Representative Jules Bailey, an unlikely Christian, has drafted some of the most innovative environmental legislation in the state.
The Birches offer 600 Portland families—including my own—a path to financial freedom.
With his bike-friendly nonprofit, C. J. Speelman offers a better way to address our friends who live outside.
For two photographers from Imago Dei Community, loving their city means really seeing it.
John Canda believes the best way to curb gang violence is to ask adults—especially men—simply to show up.
Shoshon and Stephanie Tama-Sweet on how a healthy marriage sustains their activism.
Why faith-based schools must root their mission in their own community.
MaryLou and Rusty Bonham, founders of Springwater, commit to the forgotten Lents neighborhood.
Martin French, director of the Exile Poster Project, on the power of the public poster.
Portland Christians confront their city’s sex trafficking problem with public art.
Behind the mind-numbing statistics are stories of actual people living the horrors of being trafficked.
Leading the liberal city's efforts to halt child trafficking is a network of dedicated Christians. Just don't go advertising it.
The Friday launch party spotlighted Christians' labors of love in a post-Christian city.
For Shoshon Tama-Sweet, working for the flourishing of his city comes at a great cost.
For Laura Streib, cuts to arts programs meant getting involved in Portland public schools.
The Imago Dei Community pastor on how his city's culture of activism affects the local church.
What Christ might say to the City of Roses.
As a lobbyist in Oregon, Stephanie Tama-Sweet believes that politics can't be black and white.
Tom Perez, founder of Portland nonprofit EPIK, believes men have created the problem—and better men have to stop it.