Washington, D.C., Auxiliary Bishop Roy Campbell and a woman religious walk with others toward the National Museum of African American History and Culture during a peaceful protest last summer. (Bob Roller/CNS)
Washington, D.C., Auxiliary Bishop Roy Campbell and a woman religious walk with others toward the National Museum of African American History and Culture during a peaceful protest last summer. (Bob Roller/CNS)

St. Philip Neri Parish in Southeast Portland is holding a number of events to promote racial equity.

— On Friday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. is a “Hear Our Story” vigil, with an African parishioner sharing testimony about her family’s experience living in Portland. The talk is preceded by a Racism Equality Rally from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The parish will provide a simple meal.

The rally is a weekly Friday event, held near the corner of church grounds on Southeast Division Street and Tamarack Avenue. “May we be open to being part of the change,” said event organizers. Contact the parish at 503-231-4955 for additional information.

— St. Philip Neri is holding a study group to meditate on the U.S. Catholic bishops’ pastoral letter on racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts.”

“We are all called to open our minds and hearts to Christ’s love for all people and to share with those who have been harmed by the evil of racism,” reads a press release from the parish. Contact Kim Zea at kzea@stphilipneripdx.com for more information.

— Through the Just Faith Ministry, the parish is offering 10-week course led by Alan and Sarah Peroutka. The series will challenge participants to deal with the reality of racial injustice on individuals, families and communities. Email peroutkas@yahoo.com to learn more.