It was less than a year ago that St. Antonious, Portland’s only Coptic Orthodox Church—formerly located at SE 65th and Holgate—gave way to a bull dozer and soon-to-be infill housing. And with it, its mostly Egyptian congregation relocated to greener pastures.
Will the Church of Grace be next to go, bringing with it the largely Russian community that currently makes up its services, youth groups, and Russian language school?
But what does this mean for a neighborhood that now appears to be losing a few institutions, and with it part of our diverse community? And should we be concerned?
Now, to be clear, we’re not advocating for more religion in FoPo. We are pointing out, however, that times are a changin’ in the ‘hood. Call it unintended consequences of a shifting neighborhood dynamic. Blink, and it will all look different.
Or maybe we’re reading too much into it. (Perhaps the congregation has simply outgrown the space.) If so, I say slap a clock on that mother and make it a staging ground for time travel.
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