..wherever here is…
My core work, vocation…how I show up in the world and with others…remains “bridge” “priest in the order of poets”. The people…the places I am called on to serve, give myself to, continue to unfold as I unfold.
.so, here is what is..in this moment…
Simply put just a little over a year ago, this space was still born. It is now teeming and on fire with life and Village Practice, beautiful people. Please take two minutes to look at the website www.taborspace.org It still takes my breath away and such a joy to have been part of this elegant coffeehouse|village practice experience. Living in the belfry was part of the great adventure to be sure. Carley Friesen, whom I partnered with for year one on this beautiful dream is now leading with her team from the neighborhood. I sit with Carley on a regular basis to listen together…also Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church remains in partnership with The ShepKnuck Experience in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood. They are sponsoring our www.meetup.com/shepknuck/ website.
Segue..the Shepherd and the Knucklehead…
We shifted just down the block to Caldera Publick House in SE Portland. Proprietors Kevin and Becky Overby were some of our first customers at TaborSpace and have welcomed us to their place…we meet in the upper room. It is sweet space…good handles…fireplace. Caldera means volcano. First time there, Sept.12th, a new lady wonderer…Nancy, the cross-eyed Irish bartender…said I have not experienced anything like this in 20 years. Tom told us…online…something deep shifted in him and is still moving around. The beauty of our meetup site is that folks can blog their experience and keep the questions going. You all can sign up, log on if you want at www.meetup.com./shepknuck/
In January 2011 we will launch a ShepKnuck experience/venue on the west side at the Goose Hollow Inn. Over 25 years ago a circle of poets, philosophers gathered there to sit with, what they called, “Reason for Being”. We have found one another and they have invited me to bring the questions and conversations back. This one feels special.
February 2011…the ShepKnuck in Seattle, one of our earliest venues (2007) will be born again at the Wilde Rover Irish Pub in Kirkland…First one…Monday.Feb21.630ish. All the details are on meetup site.
I am also launching a home dinner party version of the ShepKnuck experience…that will be great fun…the first will also be in January and is connected with the Goose Hollow Village.
Segue..anam cara practice…
One of the new ways my “priest” presence is showing up is in the offering of myself as “anam cara” (soul friend) listener.guide with folks. My spiritual director Tom Cashman leaned me toward the anam cara reference instead of spiritual director or life coach. Seems right to me. I have enclosed a card that will give you a sense of what it is. It is my desire to have several “clients” in Portland; Bend; Seattle as these are my tribe/village places. If you know folks who may desire this way of working with life journey; have them contact me.
VillageWORKS; Bend, OR… www.rockthevillage.com
My, now two year relationship, with Nate Bettger continues to deepen and widen. His beautiful, organic way of inspiring, creating and building community in Bend is wonderful. The community is so diverse, so alive…so committed. They are operating under the Bridgeworks umbrella while on the way to forming their non-profit. A couple of weeks ago I officated Nate and Kat’s wedding on the coast…the village showed up beautifully for them. We did a Celtic Handfasting ritual. Nice. Nate and I are musing the possibility of facilitating a learning/practice experience around Community…the fabric of belonging.
Yet another Bend expression of community I am supporting and giving reference to is The Common Table; a downtown Café/Pub. They just opened the doors in October. www.thecommontable.org There may be some increasing involvment for me in this down the road. I will likely facilitate a shep.knuck experience on a monthly basis at the Common Table which I believe will broaden my anam cara practice also. Each time I journey to Bend there is a deepening in relationship with the Village and I meet new folks each time. My place with them as elder/anam cara seems good to me and them. They so inspire me.
The Village on the river called Columbia
This is where I live..on my boat…I often have anam cara sittings; other meetings here. A slow Village presence is forming…we are beginning to look out for one another is simple, practical…real ways. A couple of weeks ago Painter Dave  fell hard. Could hardly move…I called out to others on the dock to show up with hot meals for David. They did…something changed. This a Cannery Row houseboat community…a lot of rag tags…some hiding here, some barely getting by…some barely getting through the day. It is also the Kingdom of Heaven.
So I show up, sit with them…help them build stuff. They help me too.
..I wonder, all the time…