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They walk with people through painful experiences, inspire others where there are few reasons to hope, and highlight beauty in places where it’s overlooked. But unlike many of their white peers, they often must do this work with little to no resources—no pay, small budgets, second jobs, and unnoticed voices. That might sound like hyperbole, but as collaborative data from Nonprofit Quarterly and th

They walk with people through painful experiences, inspire others where there are few reasons to hope, and highlight beauty in places where it’s overlooked. But unlike many of their white peers, they often must do this work with little to no resources—no pay, small budgets, second jobs, and unnoticed voices. That might sound like hyperbole, but as collaborative data from Nonprofit Quarterly and th

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Illusion of Safety – The Voices Project
07/02/2021
Illusion of Safety – The Voices Project

Illusion of Safety – The Voices Project

As People of Color, we have always been offered the lie that there will be safety in bo***ge. This illusion is seen across cultures and contexts where one class or people has a vested interest in the oppression of another. Sometimes it is overt, like “let’s go back to Egypt,” but most of the t...

Whose Normal Are We Returning To? – The Voices Project
04/30/2021
Whose Normal Are We Returning To? – The Voices Project

Whose Normal Are We Returning To? – The Voices Project

I have found interesting the amount of language I have heard around getting “back to normal”. I wonder if “normal” is really the way to think about how our lives will operate once society gets closer to herd immunity from these vaccines.

2021 Tom Locke Innovative Leader Award
04/14/2021
2021 Tom Locke Innovative Leader Award

2021 Tom Locke Innovative Leader Award

Named after Wesleyan Investive President Tom Locke who holds a strong belief that investment in bold, enterprising leaders with inventive approaches to ministry not only advances the church but creates communities of genuine human flourishing. And by doing so, changes the world. Our aim is to honor....

It’s national Poetry Month and we are kicking it off by celebrating Raquel Polanco on the release of her book of poetry....
04/02/2021
Daydreaming in Spanglish

It’s national Poetry Month and we are kicking it off by celebrating Raquel Polanco on the release of her book of poetry. Now available on Amazon order your copy today.

Those who preordered your copies will head out in next few days.

Send congrats to this amazing poet.

Daydreaming in Spanglish

This my friends is always fun. The Voices Project Publishing is excited to announce its next Author Raquel Polanco Her b...
02/15/2021
Daydreaming In Spanglish (Preorder) – The Voices Project

This my friends is always fun. The Voices Project Publishing is excited to announce its next Author Raquel Polanco Her book “Daydreaming In Spanglish” is now available for preorder. It releases April 2nd.

"You will spend your entire life tying to find a home. Some days you will seek belonging in the bodies of beautiful beings. Most days, like sea turtles that migrated from distant lands, you will carry your home on your back."

01/23/2021

We now have over 1000 people registered! Don't miss out on all the fun! Register at http://bit.ly/E4JVoices

Black Santa Dark Roast 12 oz Bag | Rocky Butte Coffee Roasters
01/08/2021
Black Santa Dark Roast 12 oz Bag | Rocky Butte Coffee Roasters

Black Santa Dark Roast 12 oz Bag | Rocky Butte Coffee Roasters

Leroy Barber, Portland's Black Santa, has teamed up with us to create the Black Santa Dark Roast, a chocolatey, rich, and smooth Honduran coffee!These coffee beans are ideal for espresso drinks or for the dark coffee enthusiasts among us. We import them directly from Coffeerama Farms in Honduras, op...

Black Santa spreads cheer in SE Portland
12/13/2020
Black Santa spreads cheer in SE Portland

Black Santa spreads cheer in SE Portland

Santa passed through the Rockwood, Centennial and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods in Portland Saturday to spread some holiday cheer.

The heart of Black Santa and the imagination of Children – The Voices Project
12/10/2020
The heart of Black Santa and the imagination of Children – The Voices Project

The heart of Black Santa and the imagination of Children – The Voices Project

For the past 17 years I have had the pleasure of serving as Black Santa, taking pictures with kids and handing out candy canes. I have been Black Santa for churches and often one of the first at major department stores. This year, in light of the pandemic and safety concerns, rather than canceling e...

HopeMob's cover photo
12/03/2020

HopeMob's cover photo

White Political Liberalism – The Voices Project
11/21/2020
White Political Liberalism – The Voices Project

White Political Liberalism – The Voices Project

Since election Tuesday, we have heard a lot of rhetoric about people of color, Black people, and Black women delivering the election for Biden-Harris. Looking back on this election will show that the events of November 6th was the second time black voters pushed the country in Biden’s direction. T...

“12 Angry Men” by Acts On Stage
11/18/2020
“12 Angry Men” by Acts On Stage

“12 Angry Men” by Acts On Stage

Acts On Stage’s first theatrically staged film, “12 Angry Men” featuring an all Black Male cast! This iconic courtroom drama takes audiences on a winding jou...

09/14/2020
Oregon Wildfire Response w/Leroy Barber

My friends as you know we are in the middle of a pandemic, we n a race war, and, Oregon is facing unprecedented wild fires. I have met with a group of pastors and leaders and we invite you join with us. Whatcha the video and help by donating.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/oregon-fire-response?teamInvite=t5ae2GXUPSsJ1Dn3inw1buZHT3MUdUdxk8H3H2etqywxQErI6LrpLsVUAQvpWefh&utm_medium=email&utm_source=product&utm_campaign=p_email%2Bteaminviteemail

A call to respond to crisis impacting families and neighborhoods in Oregon. Music by Sunia Gibbs, Paul Gibbs

09/11/2020
Acts On Stage

Hey folks here it is the debut film from Acts on stage. Check out the film and then answer the poll.

"The Greater Good" a short film
directed by Isiah Anderson, Jr.
written by Michelle Lang-Raymond
featuring Colin Parker Stephens, Lyshawn Hunter, May Praseuth, Louis Praseuth, Sydney Coleman and A. Jay Taylor-Stickel

produced by Acts On Stage, Inc.
A Real Grip film

#TheGreaterGood

*Watch, Share and TAKE OUR POLL - “Greater Good” Poll - https://poll.app.do/greater-good-short-film

Risk – The Voices Project
08/14/2020
Risk – The Voices Project

Risk – The Voices Project

It has been a dream of mine since I was in my 20’s to cliff jump into a body of water.

The Voices Conference
07/13/2020
The Voices Conference

The Voices Conference

A two-day event providing leadership development for leaders of color in Philadelphila – May 3-4, 2019

The Voices School for Liberation and Transformation
06/30/2020

The Voices School for Liberation and Transformation

The Voices School for Liberation and Transformation
06/29/2020

The Voices School for Liberation and Transformation

06/25/2020
Voices Project

Our BIG announcement!

This is "Voices Project" by Voices Project on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

06/25/2020
Voices Project

Voices Project

This is "Voices Project" by Voices Project on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Stop the bass – The Voices Project
06/11/2020
Stop the bass – The Voices Project

Stop the bass – The Voices Project

While the world is protesting Black Lives Matter, A neighbor threatened to call the police on my family because of the music we play.

05/15/2020
Black People Are Tired

Black People Are Tired

In memory of all those who have been stolen from us. May they rest in power. May we fight for justice. //Created by Red Letter Christians //Narrated by Lisa ...

Follow our page!
05/04/2020

Follow our page!

| It starts at home |

I want to introduce you to momma Li, who started sewing in her living room a couple months ago. Mrs. Li is a librarian who loves to cook, read, and sew! Her daughter's only talent is to Instagram & take pictures of her mom while she is sewing (Beatrix here, the admin).

Momma Li can't do it alone. We are calling anyone with a sewing machine to consider joining our efforts. Every mask counts, because every life counts.

This is a page dedicated to sharing stories from our sewing community, stories from the hardest hit COVID-19 folks from the Bronx, Queens, & Riker's Island (incarcerated community), as well as any sewing tips.

We love you.

-Beatrix & Momma Li

Exciting launch! We have expanded our efforts and want to get as many as 10,000 over to NYC. Here's more info on how to ...
05/04/2020

Exciting launch! We have expanded our efforts and want to get as many as 10,000 over to NYC. Here's more info on how to chip in:

| Love Coast to Coast: Send Masks from PNW --> NYC |

Our Bronx and Queens friends are hurting. These districts in New York City are the hardest hit area in the U.S., called the "epicenter of the world." They are desperate as Govenor Cuomo ordered for all New Yorkers to wear masks in public.

100% of the proceeds will go to the Bronx, Queens, and incarcerated communities in New York and Chicago. The funds will be to cover (by priority). 1) mask supplies 2) cost of shipping boxes 3) any amount we raise beyond mask and shipping costs will go to grocery store gift cards to those who are either left out of the stimulus check, or unemployed.

It starts at home. We can inch by inch, stitch by stitch, grocery bag by grocery bag, love our vulnerable neighbors well.

Give here: https://www.purecharity.com/love-coast-to-coast

Beautiful artwork made by PDX artist Kylee Logan

The Voices Project

Innovation Labs
04/28/2020
Innovation Labs

Innovation Labs

high quality, practical training courses led by well-known voices from around the world.

03/25/2020
The Groves

The Groves

**UPDATE**
re: Grocery gift cards for undocumented families

West Hills Covenant Church
03/13/2020

West Hills Covenant Church

West Hills Covenant Church COVID-19 Response (03.13.2020)

We are cancelling in-person Sunday worship this week, and plan to follow the guidance given to local schools for closure in the weeks to come. We have made this decision prayerfully with input from church staff, our Leadership Team Chair, our ECC conference staff and medical professionals within our congregation. We will continue to discern our congregation’s next steps with the leadership team, and will keep you informed of changes during this rapidly developing situation.

We invite you to join us to live-stream a brief worship service this Sunday at 10:30am on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/westhillscovenantchurch/.If you do not have Facebook, we will have the service available on youtube in the afternoon and will post a link on our church website https://www.westhillscovenant.org/.

We are planning to reschedule Dancing Our Prayers to a later date.

We recognize that COVID-19 impacts our intergenerational, multiethnic community in different ways and depths. We want you to know you are loved and cared for. James 1:27 says that true religion God accepts is to look after the widows and orphans in their distress so that we are not polluted by the world. Let us care well for those who are 60+, with physical and mental health concerns, those who are shut-in, single, low-income, parents and children who depend upon meals at school or childcare to work, and pregnant. May we have empathy for our Asian sisters and brothers and the xenophobic comments and behaviors that they may be experiencing.

We have an opportunity to slow down our pace to be more present to God, family, our church community, and the needs of our neighbors. Let us not focus on what we cannot do, but what we can do. Let us move our energy from fear and anxiety to rise up as the church that lifts up and liberates by being a community that loves well so that others may experience and know God’s love.

We invite your input as we are working to put together a few tangible ways to love, serve, and care for one another early next week.

If you have urgent needs, please contact your medical professionals and let our pastors/deacons know. Here are a few ways to consider loving one another.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER
o Look for loving ways to connect with one another that don’t compromise you or other people’s health (Phone Calls, 1-1s, Video Calls).
o Continue to reach out and care for our elderly, especially those who are single those with health conditions that are most vulnerable to COVID-19.
o Pray for each other, either on your own or call folks to pray together.
o Check in on those you know who have mental health concerns.
o Practice generosity, patience, and selflessness in shopping remembering it is “more blessed to give than receive” (Acts 20:35).
o If possible, support small, local businesses.
o Stand up against xenophobic and racist comments and actions especially against the Asian community.
o Donate monetary or non-perishable items to the SW Hope Food Pantry drive. WHCC has bins in the Fellowship Hall. https://nhpdx.org/sw-hope/

There are a lot of helpful resources available addressing our physical health, but we know this situation also impacts our emotional, relational, and spiritual health.
Please consider this list we adapted from Village Church.

LOVE YOURSELF
o Moderate your intake of excessive news media coverage of COVID-19 especially for those with mental health concerns like anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD.
o Connect to the truth that God is our rock and refuge by reading scripture, listening and singing along to songs of praise and prayer.
o Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs.
o Stay connected with people in creative ways especially if you are shut in. Talk on the phone, FaceTime/Skype, invite people over. Maintain healthy relationships.
o Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.

GIVE
Even though we may not be meeting in person, you are invited to give online. Click the "GIVE" button on our website https://www.westhillscovenant.org, or mail a check to 5815 SW Gillcrest Court, Portland, OR 97221.

We will continue to closely follow the recommendations of the Oregon Health Authority, our local health professionals, and local leaders.

We grieve the risks, damage and isolation that come from this disease, but we are also eager to see God’s work of love, creatively moving through the life of West Hills Covenant and all God’s people.

You are loved. We love being your pastors.
Pastors Stephanie and Mark Mathis

Wire and Honey
03/13/2020

Wire and Honey

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03/12/2020

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