Reconciling in Christ or RIC

Pastor Amanda is away this week so we have a special guest! In anticipation of the upcoming Pride celebration here in Portland, Leo Bancroft, a member of the board for Reconciling Works, is on hand to talk about what it means to be a Reconciled in Christ congregation of the ELCA. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us. 

Synod Assembly

How exactly does the ELCA get stuff done? Is it a top down hierarchy? Bottom up? This week we discuss what a synod assembly is, when it happens, who goes and what gets done. Curious? Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us to learn more.

Photo Credit: Deb Shultz, OR Synod Assembly 2017

Lent Madness

Who will win the Golden Halo? Although, at this point the true question is who DID win the Golden Halo? Lent Madness is the religious version of the bracket filled craziness of the NCAA March Madness. It pits saints against each other in sometimes dubious match ups trying to predict the ultimate winner. Intrigued? Grab a cup of coffee or tea and listen to learn more...

Stations of the Cross

This week on the Church Basement we are talking the Stations of the Cross. These 14 stations take one on a journey through the last days  of Jesus' life. We discuss the more Catholic version and the slightly different stations that Protestant churches use. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and and find out more...

Photo Credit: Krilich Mosaics


This week we take a bit of a break from the heavier side of Lent to a part of it that can bring joy. We are talking yarn! And beyond that we are talking anything that can be a meditative and restorative practice and how that can be as necessary spiritually as anything else. Grab a cup of coffee or tea - or definitely your needles- and join us.

Cuppa: How To Use the Bible

In the age of Google and computers it's easy to forget the physical books still exist. And some, like the Bible, can be daunting for those who aren't quite sure how to find things in them. This week we take a look at how to use an actual Bible to find things by chapter and verse and why it was set up that way in the first place. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us to learn more...

Image: The Simpsons