River’s Lament – a Ritual Walk with the Waters of the Willamette

When: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Where: University of Portland (meet at the Chiles Center, full directions below)
Cost: Free
RSVP by: Monday, June 18, 2018
Special Notes: We will be taking an easy walk approximately 1 mile around the edge of campus, overlooking the Willamette River.
Dress for the weather! Wear walking/hiking shoes

 Register here

Join EcoFaith Recovery  and members of the national Lutheran Campus Ministry Conference meeting in Portland for a ritual walk telling the “crucifixion” story of the Willamette River.  Through use of EcoFaith’s Practices for Awakening Leadership we will engage the story of the river. 

At seven stations along the perimeter of the University of Portland campus, leaders will tell the story of the Willamette River, as if the river were telling the story herself.

I have many parents  over 350 that have names, and countless others that are unnamed. All these waters make me who I am.  These are some you may know: the Columbia slough, Johnson Creek, Tryon Creek, the Clackamas River….”

The story of the Willamette River is a rich and beautiful story.  It is also a painful story.  A story of abuse.  A story of devastation. A story of crucifixion.

Please join us. We will be taking an easy walk (approximately 1 mile) around the edge of campus, so dress for the weather and wear walking/hiking shoes. We will gather at the front doors of the University of Portland CHILES CENTER  for introductions to one another and an introduction to the ritual.

If you will be joining us, please RSVP using the link below so we will know who to be looking for. (Lutheran Campus Ministry Conference participants: Please register for this “Urban Adventure” through your conference registration/sign up process rather than at this link so we do not double count you in preparing for the number of participants.)

Register here

More about the River’s Lament:

This video provides an introduction to the River’s Lament. It was made by EcoFaith Intern Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath 

How to get there:

Public Transportation: Campus Ministry Conference Participants (and any others who desire to travel with us) will meet in the lobby at University Place Hotel and Conference Center at 310 SW Lincoln by 1:15 p.m.  We will walk 6 minutes with Pastor Robyn Hartwig to board Bus #44, hopefully using this route. We will get off the bus at North Wilamette and Portsmouth and walk four minutes, arriving at the CHILES CENTER around 2:15 p.m. (Those traveling separately may take your favorite public transportation route to the University of Portland.)

We will begin the ritual at University of Portland’s CHILES CENTER at 2:30 p.m. by walking south along the river, stopping at stations to hear the story of the river, and engaging in some of EcoFaith Recovery’s Practices for Awakening Leadership along the way. We will conclude in the St. Mary’s lounge where we will engage in a ritualized time of reflection upon our experience with the river and her story. If you have difficulties finding us, you can call or text Pastor Robyn Hartwig at 503-765-6711. 

By Car:

From I-5:

Take Rosa Parks Blvd. Exit and turn WEST

Follow Rosa Parks until it ends and turns north to become Willamette Blvd.

Follow Willamette Blvd. Until it turns north and you reach the University of Portland

Go to the main entrance and turn LEFT.

There is the main parking lot to the right. Park in one of the spaces near the sports field and walk two tenths of a mile to gather at the CHILES CENTER where our ritual will begin at 2:30 p.m. We will walk south along the river, stopping at stations to hear the story of the river, and engaging in some of EcoFaith Recovery’s Practices for Awakening Leadership along the way. We will conclude in the St. Mary’s lounge where we will engage in a ritualized time of reflection upon our experience with the river. If you have difficulties finding us, you can call or text Pastor Robyn Hartwig at 503-765-6711.  

Register here

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