The Interfaith Alliance on Poverty is a growing network of Portland faith-based communities and congregations. We are on a common mission, working to alleviate poverty in our Portland region.

As a communal voice, grounded in our sacred texts, we seek to understand the causes of poverty and the obstacles to escaping poverty 

It is our hope to build a network of faith-based communities and civic partners to address the root causes of poverty in our community,

to advocate for systemic change to help eliminate poverty,

to assist families in transitioning from generational poverty into lives of stability,

and to explore the local needs in our congregations and neighborhoods, in order to provide necessary resources.

November 2nd Interfaith Alliance Monthly Meeting – 12:00-2:00

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You are invited to join the work being planned by the Interfaith Alliance at their next meeting to be  held  at Genesis Community Fellowship, 5425 NE 27th Avenue.  The meeting will be hosted by Genesis Pastor Donald Frazier.    Ordained in 1983,   Pastor Frazier received  his Masters in Specialized Ministry in 2004 from Western Seminary.   The first few years of his ministry Pastor Frazier was bi-vocational, working as a manager at the State of Oregon Children Services Division.  In that role, he  developed culturally sensitive training for employees to insure that culturally competent programs were developed for ethnic clients. He indicates that his “ twelve years with CSD deeply burdened his heart for ministry to young people, family, and racial reconciliation.”

He has also been a leader with Promise Keepers   while pastoring at Mt. Sinai and   began the Bridge Ministries Program, designed as an outreach program aimed at reaching gang affected youth and their families. High risk and at-risk youth were referred to the program by the State of Oregon, Juvenile court, local high schools, and the community.

In addition to working with the youth, his work included a component of racial reconciliation to promote cross-racial understanding within churches. These experiences eventually led to his present position as the founder and Senior Pastor of Genesis Community Fellowship, a relevant, non-traditional, multi-cultural church in Northeast Portland.

 

Featured speaker will be Felecia Tripp, Deputy Director of the Portland Housing Center,

The Portland Housing Center   was formed 23 years ago as a  partnership between the City of Portland and local banks to assist first-time home buyers in obtaining mortgages.  It has since helped more than 7,000 families become homeowners. 

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“It is easy enough to tell the poor to accept their poverty as God's will when you yourself have warm clothes and plenty of food and medical care and a roof over your head and no worry about the rent. But if you want them to believe you--try to share some of their poverty and see if you can accept it as God's will yourself!”

Thomas Merton

“Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Feel like a broke-down engine, ain't got no drivin' wheel.
You all been down and lonesome, you know just how a poor man feels.”

Bob Dylan

“Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships.”

J. K. Rowling

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”

Albert Einstein

“When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.”

Mother Theresa

“There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”

Mahatma Gandhi