Greetings and best wishes from the Managing Council!
After 15 months of virtual Zoom services there is promising news on the COVID front, bringing the prospect of resuming services at the Portland Center while continuing to follow guidelines from the State of Oregon and Multnomah County health officials. The State of Oregon has announced that Oregon will "fully reopen" when 70% of the state is vaccinated against COVID-19. At the current vaccination rate, that is expected to happen sometime between June 21-30.
Center Reopening Survey Coming Soon: To help inform the decision about reopening, the Managing Council wants your feedback on how you feel about returning to services after the State and County reopen. We understand that COVID can be an emotional and polarizing topic, and are asking you to participate in a short, anonymous survey. A link for the survey will soon be sent to all newsletter subscribers. (You may want to keep an eye on your Promo or Spam folders in case the survey message lands there in error.)
Along with understanding your thoughts about participating in face-to-face services at the Portland Center, it is important to learn who is available to volunteer. You will see that question on the survey. If you would like to become a volunteer, please go to https://www.portlandcentersrf.org/volunteering after you complete the survey. Current volunteers are encouraged to contact their committee chairs to confirm their availability.
The Managing Council shares the feeling of many that it is time to move as quickly as possible toward reopening, while also proceeding as safely as possible. After reviewing the survey results, we will communicate a reopening timeline and next steps. Thank you for your prompt participation.
In a separate piece of news, the annual Fall Retreat at the Alton Collins Retreat Center has again been cancelled for this year, due to the ongoing unpredictability related to the pandemic. But mark your calendars for October 21-23 2022 when we plan to again offer this popular event.
Together we can support each other in following Paramahansa Yogananda's guidance: "God wants to get us back to His home of wisdom and bliss. By following the Self-Realization way, you will get to Him more quickly."
In divine friendship,
Kripa Raguram, Mike O'Brien,
Paulette Fritsch, Rebecca Field, Shikha Misra