Listening Leads to Five Research Action Teams

Last winter and spring, MACG held a formal listening campaign, asking our member institutions to conduct one to ones and group discussions to find out what problems were concerning our community and where they might be willing to work.

On April 28th, we held a Next Directions Assembly (see photos here) to discern what were the most broadly felt issues and where we had the most motivated leaders. There was strong turnout: 20 of the 25 MACG member institutions were represented and over 100 MACG leaders attended.

From that process, leaders settled on five research action teams focused on the top issue areas, four of which were formally launched at the June 28th Delegate Assembly.  Here is what each team has been up to:


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Remembering Stan Aschenbrenner

Stan Aschenbrenner, member of Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, and longtime MACG leader, died on August 11th at the age of 89.

Stan brought commitment, passion, warmth, and wisdom to our work, always inspiring our gatherings with his thoughtful and motivating remarks and his tireless action.

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MACG the Seed for Statewide Win on Debt Relief for Former Prisoners

In our end of the year MACG news round-up we sent last week, we forgot to mention one important win:

Gov. Kate Brown signed SB 360 into law in July, which allows former prisoners to pay some court-related fees back through performing community service.

Sen. Lew Frederick agreed to introduce the bill after hearing stories PHOENIX Rising Transition members told about post-prison financial burdens at the 2015 MACG listening campaign.

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MACG's 2017: Wins, New Members, Leadership and More



The end of 2017 has been full of action for MACG and our work for the common good.

As a start, two new institutions joined MACG from Clackamas and Washington counties, increasing MACG’s regional power.

Please join us in welcoming our new leaders from St. Andrew Lutheran Church and St. Paul's United Methodist!


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