Community | Hospitality | Making Peace


to Sunnyside Community House.

Metanoia Peace Community currently has as one of its missions, the support of the newly forming Sunnyside Community House. For more information you may call Pat Schwiebert at 503 706-6583.

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Welcome to the 18th Ave Peace House

The 18th Avenue Peace House

Whether you are our guest for a few days or a few weeks, or even
for a single event, we invite you to experience during your time
here what we who live here experience as a way of life: the sense
that together we are part of the “kin-dom” or family of God. Your
being here, for however long, simply enlarges that sense of family
for us. We hope this will be true for you as well.

We are open to the possibility that God has sent you here as a
messenger, or “angel,” to teach us something that we need to
learn at this time in our life together. We are also open to the
possibility that God has sent you here to learn something from us.
Such is the way of God’s working in our midst.



Who We Are:

“We” are the permanent and short- term residents of this 18th Ave Peace House. We live together as a community of faith, sharing
our lives and our stewardship of this facility and its common ministries of community, hospitality and peacemaking, and supporting
one another in living out our respective vocations.

Part of entering into this larger, voluntary extended family has been learning to share all that we have with one another: income,
possessions, time, affection, and the faith, hope and love that has been stirred in us by Jesus of Nazareth. Not surprisingly,
the sharing of resources in this way means that less income is required than if we were living separately. This in turn means
that we are able to devote more time and money to the several ministries to which we have been called, both individually and

We gather every morning at 7:20 to begin the day with singing, scripture reading and prayer. And we come back together every
evening for a common meal. We are joined in these shared activities by others in our larger circle of friends, and visitors are
always welcome.

We see this life as a graceful and gentle contrast to the rugged individualism and competitiveness of the prevailing culture. It is
a part of our witness to the “kin-dom” of God, which we pray and believe will one day prevail throughout humankind.

Here at the Peace House hospitality means several things:

First, it means making space available, on a limited basis and without charge, for use by Metanoia Peace Community and other
not-for-profit groups for activities that encourage and support peace, justice, community and healing.

Second, it means offering bed, breakfast, and personal support to travelers engaged in the service of peace, justice, community and
healing—or resting for a time from the work of their calling.

Third, it means welcoming into our household, as we are able, persons with terminal illnesses, so that they may spend the final
months or years of their lives in an supportive family setting.

Our Mission:

as residents of the 18th Ave Peace House is to live into the kin-dom of God, by cultivating community, practicing
hospitality and publicly demonstrating and advancing God’s peace.

How We Came To Be:

The 18th Avenue Peace House living community began in early 1986 as a joint effort of seven
adults who were also involved in the formation of Metanoia Peace Community United Methodist Church. Twenty-Seven other
friends made short-term loans to provide the cash to acquire the old neglected house at N.E. 18th Avenue and Tillamook Street.
In April of 1987, after the house had been fixed up and the loans repaid with funds from the sale of property owned by John and
Pat Schwiebert and Bruce and Ann Huntwork, the property was deeded as a gift to Metanoia Peace Community, and the residents
became stewards of the property, rather than owners, thus making clear that this venture was no private investment, but the medium
for an on-going ministry to a larger public constituency.

The Fire:

On the afternoon of June 25, 1987, a three-alarm fire destroyed the entire third floor and subjected the rest of the house
and contents to extensive water damage. Good neighbors across the street opened their home to us, providing temporary shelter
for six months while we rebuilt and expanded the house with help from an insurance claim, financial contributions, and thousands
of hours of volunteer labor. The reconstruction was completed in time for an open house and service of dedication on June 25th,
1988--the first anniversary of the disaster.

The Grief Watch Mission and Perinatal Loss:

In 1990 several members of the household created a new mission of Metanoia Peace Community called Grief Watch, and incorporated
into this larger grief support ministry the Perinatal Loss Program which formerly had been joined with the Oregon Health Sciences
University Foundation. Pat Schwiebert serves as director of this program, which ministers to parents who are experiencing grief
following the death of an infant.

In addition to direct personal support of bereaved parents through counseling and support groups, Grief Watch publishes and sell
books, audio and video tapes and other grief related materials at Income from the sale of these materials
helps to pay the expense of maintaining the Peace House, pays the salaries of several support staff persons, and provides small
stipends to household members who labor in this service.

The Structure:

The house itself was originally built in 1908 as a single family residence, by a newly married couple, offspring
of two early Portland families--the Hoyts and the Cooks. It was designed by John V. Bennes, an early disciple of Frank Lloyd
Wright. A library addition was built in 1925 and the kitchen was enlarged during the 1950’s. After the fire in 1987, we replaced the
original hip roof with a gable roof, expanded and remodeled the kitchen, added work space for Grief Watch in the basement, and
built an outside deck at the north end of the building. With these additions we increased the available interior floor space to about
8,000 square feet. We added a second, larger deck on the south side in 1993, and constructed a public “Peace Plaza” in 2002. Our
newest addition is a garden labyrinth in the front yard--available to the public 24-hours-a-day as a place for walking meditation