Portlanders respond to killings with prayer and eclectic spirituality

Portlanders respond to killings with prayer and eclectic spirituality

Portlanders respond to killings with prayer and eclectic spirituality

A woman traces over messages emphasizing love in chalk to make sure they do not fade on May 31, 2017, at a makeshift memorial that has sprung up outside the Hollywood Transit Station in Portland, Oregon, where three men were stabbed on a train. (Credit: RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller.)

Lizabeth Norton of Portland, a nurse educator for a drug company and a member of the Madeleine Catholic Parish, said the church felt like a safe environment “to come and be hurt and angry and try to understand. For me, the real takeaway is: Where can we have compassion and understanding? And it’s really through a faith-based understanding of forgiveness and mercy and understanding and love.”

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