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Meeting of The Clergy — Monday night

Meeting of The Clergy, 6:30 – 8pm, Pasture’s House (old house) 60 NE Tillamook St. Monday Oct 25th

All are welcome! Come be more involved in your religion.

The basic questions — what will we do this winter?
* Find a space for worship, healing, both?
* Activites?
* Community Service
* Sects?
* Potlucks, movie nights, other respectable churchy activities?
* Playing poker online with friends at this site? Nice poker site by the way
* Readings of the Bike Plan and other canonized texts?

Beer, Tea and Chocolate provided for communion.

Yours in The Faith,
Pasture Ted

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Joy of Momogamous Sects, Sunday Feb 2

Join the Bike Temple on Sunday, Feb 2 for a “Joy of Monogamous Sects” ride.

We’ll be attending the “Salt and Light Lutheran Church” on NE 20th and Killingsworth.

Small inner-city churches face the problem of aging, declining congregations.  Every year, a few more of the small churches that dot our community go belly-up as the membership gets below the level that can sustain a congregation and maintain a building.

Emmanual Lutheran Church, now Salt and Light Lutheran, has taken a innovative approach to dealing with this problem.  They’ve reinvented themselves as a community center that hosts their church on Sundays.  This way, the otherwise unused classrooms can be put to a permanent alternate use, and the sanctuary and other meeting rooms can be used by the community 6 days a week.

The new organization is called “Leaven”, and has a website at

We’ll go and see the religious side of Leaven by attending the church service, then meet for snacks or tea afterwards.

Meet at Irving Park basketball court at 9:15 am to ride up to the 10:00am service.

(as an added bonus, we’ll be able to see what’s going on at the historic Baptist Church on 9th and Fremont that has been purchased by a right-leaning suburban church and has gotten some new paint).

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Choosing my religion bike temple

At last night’s meeting we talked about building some “mobile religious equipment.” It was a term I hadn’t heard before, but pretty useful. Mobile religious equipment can include
* bike shops for the healing of bikes
* shrines
* confessionals
* musical devices
* enhancing profile and acceptance of bicycle worship

At the Davis Bike Church we built a “Mobile Minister Unit.” Modeled after a Spanish-style “mission” church, it enabled us to bring religion to the masses. The Bike Church as an organization had been around for a couple years at that point, but its physical location was in a hippie commune on campus and it wasn’t easy to find.

When we paraded the mobile church through town for the first time, we could hear the passers-by saying “mumble mumble mumble ‘bike church’ mumble mumble…” We knew we’d gotten the message through. What message? We weren’t sure of the details, and maybe they weren’t clear either, but it was a good thing.

The mobile church can carry a lot of stuff. Fully outfitted, it carries
* a work stand,
* a pretty complete bike workshop,
* a card table,
* lawn chairs,
* food and beverages (fuel),
* an EZ-up canopy, and
* a getaway bike
You can ride it across town without too much trouble, set up at the Farmers’ Market, bring it to bike rodeos at schools, picnics, and parties. Davis is full of poorly maintained bikes, so it’s fun to flag people down, pump their tires up from 10 psi to 40, raise the seat an inch or two, and send them on their way. It is also useful for giving people rides home or taking a nap.

On May 10 we’ll have a work party to build some Mobile Religious Equipment for use in Portland. Smaller and lighter for Portland, but hopefully just as remarkable and functional. We’re not quite sure what it will be yet, but it will be ready for the Joy of Sects ride at Pedalpalooza. Come help if you can, stay tuned for details.

More pics of the “Mobile Ministry Unit” of the Davis Bike Church on the Davis Wiki

Pasture Ted