We host and create a variety of informal gatherings to help 20 and 30 something singles and couples/families get better connected in the Portland metro area.
A couple years ago, after a trip to meet Pope Francis, a small group of friends in North Portland started collaborating together to create small and personal social spaces to help young adults connect with one another and have a free and open conversation about God, community, and human flourishing that would be accessible and welcoming. We called this work Emmaus based on a passage from the Gospel of Luke in the Bible where Jesus meets two people on a road and they have a conversation about their hopes and lives together.
The leaders come from a variety of Churches (Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox) and points of view. We have a diverse group and some speak fluent Spanish.
You do not need to be a Christian or Church attender to come. We welcome any young adult who is open to new relationships, meaningful conversation, and prayer.
Currently we have three different types of recurring meetups:
• Monthly Evening Prayer: This is a Sunday gathering from 5:30-7:30pm in a North Portland Living Room. We serve a simple meal at 6pm-ish followed by social time and finish with prayer from 7:00-7:30pm. Prayer consists of reading a passage from the life of Jesus followed by an open forum for shared reflections, stories, and prayer needs for the upcoming week. Sometimes, we integrate a work of art into the prayer. These events vary in size from 15-30 people.
• Men's Night's and Groups: We have (4) small men's groups organized by season of life and geography. Groups range from 3 to 8 people and typically run for a few months with the goal of growing in friendship with one another and exploring the life of Jesus in a practical way. Currently, we have groups in North Portland and on the West-side. These groups meet either weekly or bi-weekly.
Once a month, all the groups and any friends or acquaintances are invited to get together to socialize and discuss a topic over beers (or non-alcoholic drinks) and snacks. Recently, we have discussed prayer, decision-making, sexuality, conversation skills, dating/marriage, comedy, careers, money, and lives of Saints. The gatherings range from 5-20 people in size.
• Women's Night's: Periodically we host a small women's night that is oriented around a passage from the life of Jesus or a silent meditation called an "Examen." The Examen is a method of prayer developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola to help a prayer pay closer attention to the movements of the soul that influence desires and choices during the course of the day. After reflecting on a text or brief time of silent prayer, ladies enjoy social time getting to know one another more deeply and sharing stories. These women's nights are usually 10-15 people.