The Saint George Episcopal Church and the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church share an address, but hail from different sects of Christianity.
Despite their differences, the two churches have coexisted in harmony and said they hope to partner in community service efforts in the future.
Saint George Episcopal Church, located on the corner of Southeast Cass Avenue and Southeast Main Street, has been opening its doors to the only Greek Orthodox Church in the county to gather in their classroom space since 2005.
Since then, Holy Cross expanded and met with Father Isaac Skidmore of Ashland for occasional services before Father Jerry Markopoulos began traveling from Eugene to hold services at the church, Lisa Buck, church member of Holy Cross, said.
Holy Cross installed a sign outside the church in 2017 after it received permission from Saint George’s and completed renovations on the upstairs for a permanent worship space.
Interim rector Rev. James Boston said the two churches show support and attend each other’s services a few times a year.
“We have fellowship together sometimes. Several times we’ve encouraged people to attend their Saturday service or a special holiday service,” Boston said.
Buck said the two churches hope to partner together to work towards their shared goals and interests, such as caring for the poor or feeding the hungry.
“We have a mutual point of connection where we can join together and we can do some work. So I think that’s in both of our strategic goals for the coming years,” Buck said. “We’ve just been such small parishes, it’s not like we can do that on our own. So partnering together just makes sense.”
Buck said it’s a common misconception that different churches are unable to get along.
“That’s not what you would think. Do you know what I mean? In your mind you would think religion is like the No. 1 place of argument,” Buck said.
Markopoulos said the set up at Saint George is not an unusual one. Churches will meet anywhere they can when they first get started, often times within other churches of different specifications.
“I know to an outsider, it seems really different and strange, but really it’s what we do. It’s what we’re called to do as Christian brothers and sisters,” Markopoulos said.
Markopoulos said the relationships between different sects of the Christian church are strong.
“The dialogue between east and west has continued even though we are not in full communion with one another,” Markopoulos said. “Frankly, that’s not something that gets highlighted on TV ever, but really those relationships are really strong.”
Boston said the two churches come from the same faith of Christianity, which makes their core beliefs similar.
“The similarities are deeper and more important,” Boston said. “If you look at the words, a lot of them are the same.”
Father Markopoulos said the Christian church spilt 600 years ago into the eastern church and the western church.
“Episcopalians are western Christians with a western mindset, and adhere to certain beliefs that are different from Orthodox Christians who are Eastern Christian with an Eastern mindset,” Markopoulos said.
Buck, who grew up in a Baptist church, said there are differences in the approach of Orthodox Christianity and western protestant Christianity. She said she views the orthodox church as a hospital for the sick in a spiritual sense.
“Coming from a western tradition, I would say that the eastern side of Christianity is way more of a spiritual approach,” Buck said.
Roseburg High School incoming senior Margo Boyd was elected as the Future Business Leaders of America’s national secretary during the 2019 National Leadership Conference, which wrapped up Tuesday in San Antonio.
Boyd’s election was the crowning moment for a successful year of competing for Roseburg’s FBLA chapter.
Roseburg High School was represented by 16 students at the National Leadership Conference. Roseburg’s outgoing freshmen, Kou Castle and Aiyana Brown, finished eighth in the introduction to business presentation.
“It’s pretty unique to have students of any age do as much preparation as they did, to take it as seriously and do as well (as they did). In the five years I’ve been here, we’ve had one other person on stage,” Roseburg FBLA Adviser Larina Warnock said. “As an adviser I could not be more proud, whether they had gotten on stage or not. ... It’s been really good to see their friendship grow through this. They both have been through some pretty difficult experiences this year, personally, and to see them get eighth place despite those things is just amazing.”
Oakland High School’s Bailey Mast finished third in Sales Presentation at the national conference.
“Bailey knew she wanted to do Sales Presentation at the beginning of the year and was determined to get first place at state and to compete at the national level. She studied and worked hard to accomplish her goal,” Oakland FBLA Adviser Susan Yates said. “She continued to study and prep after returning from the FFA national convention, fine-tuning her skills, in order to accomplish her goal.”
Mast’s presentation was for Carry-On Trailers, a product she has worked with for most of the school year. She made a presentation in November 2018 at the FFA national competition where she finished 10th. In April, she became FBLA state champion with a sales presentation on the product.
“It was a very different product from other people that were doing (presentations),” Mast said. “People were selling technological things, so it was kinda cool to be from Oregon and doing an agricultural product.”
Mast’s goal for next year is to find something she enjoys as much as sales presentations since she will not be able to compete in that field again.
Oakland High School had nine students attending the national conference.
There were several other Oregon FBLA finalists, including students from Ridgeview, Scappoose and Silverton. Students got to experience not only a high level of competition, but also had the opportunity to network and go sightseeing.
“It was an amazing opportunity and a lot of people supported us to get there,” Mast said. “It was just really exciting to meet people from all over the world and go to Texas, because I’d never been to Texas before.”
Warnock said there were six Roseburg students who had never been on an airplane before. There were also several who had never been on a rollercoaster, something that changed after the group visited Six Flags.
In addition to sightseeing around town, there were plenty of networking and socializing opportunities at the conference as well.
“I had a lot of networking opportunities. I actually found that some of my robotics skills came in handy, especially with the trading pins they had because they had batteries and different stuff in there,” Castle said. “I taught some people from Florida about circuitry inside one of the pins and I got to make a lot of friends.”
Brown added: “It was pretty amazing. You got to meet people you would never ever have met, from all over America and even places like Tanzania, Puerto Rico and Hungary.”
Castle and Brown spent countless hours over the past six months preparing their presentation on Giving Tuesday.
“The best part for me was once we had it all memorized and down, we could really focus on connecting with our audience,” Brown said. “That made it a lot more fun, because you could see the reactions of people you were telling the stuff to and it wasn’t just talking to a wall trying to memorize your speech.”
They were the lone Roseburg team to advance to the finals, which meant an automatic top 15 finish in a field of 115.
“This sets up a pretty good transition to next year,” Castle said.
Warnock added: “They said something after they won, that was really cool. I focus in our chapter on learning and the learning experience. Of course we love it when they win, but the reality is .5% of students get to go on stage. ... They said ‘we’re happy we didn’t win first, because we wouldn’t know what to do to improve, we won’t be able to have that learning experience.’”
Boyd, who ran for national office, had to make her presentation in front of 13,000 students from all over the world, and it didn’t go as smooth as she had hoped.
“This is something I’ve wanted to do since freshman year,” Boyd said. “I’ve never spoken in front of that many people before, and it didn’t go as I hoped it would. I had to pause a couple of times. At state level I had given a speech and the lights were so bright that you couldn’t see anyone in the crowd, and I thought the national level would be the same. But when I took the stage I could see 13,000 people looking at me and you can’t prepare for your reaction to that. It was overwhelming, but I’m really glad I did it.”
Warnock said, “I think what I was most proud of was that she flubbed her speech a little bit, but —and I think back to when I was 17 and there’s no way I would even be up there with 13,000 people— she finished her speech. She didn’t collapse into tears, she didn’t freak out, she took a couple of pauses and finished her speech.”
Boyd was elected as executive vice president of Oregon FBLA during the state competition in April, and then had to prepare a national campaign, budget, booth, and conduct numerous interviews.
Her platform was “Grow with Margo” to grow communication, engagement and membership. She helped coordinate more than 1,000 volunteer hours for Roseburg FBLA last year.
Roseburg FBLA Vice President Kyaira Gouge said, “I felt so proud. Just watching all the hard work that she put into it and watching it have a good outcome.”
Gouge was the chapter office representative at the national conference.
In addition to the individual titles, Roseburg FBLA also won the Gold Seal of Merit, Outstanding Chapter and Chapter Challenge.
“We have a really unique group right now, because everyone in the chapter is really hard working,” Boyd said. “More than just being a team, we’re more of a family and that was started by Mrs. Warnock. She is a second mom to almost all of the members and we’re all a really good support system.”
Castle agreed, “What sets us apart is Ms. Warnock.”
Warnock was recognized as Outstanding Chapter Adviser in Oregon.
Take Root Parenting Connection in Douglas County will be adding classes for parents of teenagers for the 2019-20 school year.
Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative, of which Take Root is a part, and the Department of Human Services have worked together to focus on the older age group and locally, the hub is starting to figure out what that will look like.
“Kids don’t come with instructions and it’s the one thing you can do without training, but why wouldn’t you want to build a skill around it,” said Julie Hurley, an account executive for the Parenting Engagement & Education Program at Douglas Education Service District. “I was a single mom to three and I wish I had these classes.”
In addition to evidence-based parenting and caregiving principles, Hurley said the group also serves as a support system to many parents.
Parenting classes have been offered in the county through the organization since 1998.
Take Root, one of 17 Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative’s parenting hubs, covers Douglas, Klamath and Lake counties. Oregon State University provides the infrastructure for the different hubs.
Classes in Douglas County include 10-week courses, two-hour workshops and special events on evidence-based parenting and caregiving principles.
“We’re open to anyone,” Hurley said. “We have some folks coming because their caseworker suggested it and others because they want to be the best parents they can be.”
Nurturing Parenting, Make Parenting a Pleasure and Parenting a Second Time Around are the 10-week courses, as well as Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors) and Haga de la Patwenidad un Placer (Making Parenting a Pleasure) for Spanish speaking families.
Topics for one night workshops include child literacy, child development, emotion coaching and math skills.
A big focus has been getting children ready to go for kindergarten through the Play2Learn workshop series, as well as reaching out to parents in rural communities.
One of the most popular workshops has been taming the tantrum.
“If you’re not engaging with them, they’re not learning,” Hurley said.
Locally, Take Root works with several organizations such as Head Start, Adapt and the Department of Human Services to get people educated about parenting.
The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation provided the organization with a $7,500 grant, which will be used primarily to grow the Klamath County hub. Although some of the money could go toward programs in Douglas County.
Douglas County established the Douglas County Early Childhood Planning Coalition in 1998, which became a part of OPEC in 2009 and was renamed in 2016 when the other counties joined.
Klamath County’s program has been growing steadily since its inception while Lake County has just workshops available to parents at this time.
For information and upcoming events check the Douglas County Take Root Parenting Connection’s Facebook page.