Churchless in FoPo

IMG_2172It 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?

Screen shot 2014-03-26 at 2.10.30 PMMaybe.  It’s for sale.

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 Screen shot 2014-03-26 at 2.16.24 PMneighborhood 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.

#SaveTheClockTower #DocBrown #ChurchlessInFoPo #Gentrification

 

 

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4 Responses to Churchless in FoPo

  1. Ben Waterhouse says:

    I think Fo-Po remains pretty church-dense: Kern Park Christian Church, Christian Deaf Church, Victory Christian Center, Portland Chinese Alliance Church, Church of the Nazerine, Vietnamese Grace Baptist Church, Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witnesses, and St. Anthony’s are all still there, just in the triangle. But I share your concern: If development pressure encourages the congregations to pull up stakes, the congregants may follow, affecting the diversity we treasure in the neighborhood.

  2. That’s quite a list. Maybe the title should read: “Over-churched in FoPo.”

    Still, the underlying theme remains…how do we maintain our diversity as developers seek to make their mark on the neighborhood? It’s a tough question. And one that no neighborhood in Portland has really figured out.

  3. Anonymouse says:

    Church of Grace has certainly outgrown its parking lot.

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