Peace & Justice @ PMC
Portland Mennonite has a long history of advocacy for peace and justice in our city and in our world. These issues are kept at the center of our congregational life. Many of PMC’s Peace and Justice initiatives focus on aiding the homeless population. Homelessness is a major justice issue for our city, with upwards of 4,000 men, women and children in Portland being homeless at a time. The Justice Committee has a statement on homelessness that can be read here.
If you would like to join others at PMC working on these issues please email Rod Stafford.
ANAWIM CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
Street Root's Mission is to create income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by publishing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.
- In 1998, Street Roots emerged from the defunct Burnside Cadillac newspaper, publishing a monthly newspaper addressing issues of homelessness and poverty.
- The organization was entirely volunteer run, and five individuals experiencing homelessness sold the paper as the first Street Roots vendors.
- In 2015 Street Roots began publishing on a weekly basis and the award-winning newspaper is sold by 160 vendors in the Portland metro area.
Portland Mennonite Church helps support the Anawim Christian Community, a church made up of the poor and outcast from “normal” society—the impoverished, the homeless, the mentally ill and those on public assistance. ACC holds low-key services and Bible studies, expecting interruption and questions throughout the services. ‘Anawim’ is a Hebrew word that means “The poor who depend on the Lord for deliverance.”