Coming Soon:  Fourth Annual One Spirit~One Call Celebration

One Spirit-One Call will again host an event honoring the life of a holy woman, Sr. Thea Bowman.

       What: Potluck celebration 
       When: Sunday, June 8, 2014, 5-7 p.m.
       Where: St. Charles Parish Hall in NE Portland

More details will follow. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!


Thea Bowman (1937-1990), born into a vibrant Black community in Mississippi, was a Franciscan Sister of  Perpetual Adoration, a teacher, musician and charismatic evangelist. During her brief life, through her teaching and dedication to Black Sacred Song, she called African Americans to their rightful place in the Church, inspiring them to give expression to their culture within the Church.


Thea deftly challenged social and political stereotypes. Whether talking to first graders or religion educators at a conference, her mantra was that we are all God’s children. Noting that her people have been a lovely people, a people of song and story who survived oppression and are still trying to survive, she said, “I thank God for making me my black self!” Yet her friends were brown, white, red, yellow, and all colors in between: “I can be a bridge over troubled water,” she said, by introducing her friends to each other. “If we work together, pray and stand together, we can create a new heaven and ease life for each other.”