IOC December 2017 Newsletter
Tis’ the Season of Serenity

The darkest day is drawing near and the holidays are in full swing.  Days are short and busy and every weekend is there are umpteen different events you could go to around the city.  While this time of year is often spent among family and friends, it can also be a time of sorrow and loneliness.  During these long dark nights, it is important to remember to what we can control, what we do have power over.
While we may not all be religious, we are all human.  The breadth of human experience can fill our hearts with joy and at the same time, can strip us to our very core.  Whether you are spiritual, religious, agnostic, atheist, we invite you to remember the Serenity Prayer.  Replace the word “God” with whatever suits you, but take a moment to say it to yourself.  Use to remind yourself of the light that lives in each of us.

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

This December issue looks at ways in which we can take care of ourselves, a heartfelt letter to the choir from a wise elder at Pacifica Calaroga, Jerry Atkin, and ways in which we can connect with each other and the larger community.

We hope you have a very merry holiday season.  Be good to yourself!

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IOC November 2017 Newsletter
Supporting Our Sisters at Coffee Creek

IOC and the Portland Intergenerational Choir are built on a foundation of service through song.  This work is best represented by the programming inside the Coffee Creek Women’s Correctional Facility, supported by the members and fundraising efforts of IOC’s Portland Intergenerational Choir.  By choosing to be a part of IOC, singers give these incarcerated women the opportunity to find themselves and each other through music.

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IOC October 2017 NewsletterMeet the Board!

We are so fortunate to have a hard working group of individuals on the board.  While many organizations have boards made up of folks with social, political or economic capital, IOC relies upon its board working on the ground to keep its message and mission alive and singing.  Most of the board members sing each week in choir.

Here is a little about each of the members!  Each board member was asked to answer two questions:

1) what is your role on the board and  what is your experience in such a role?

2) why you love the choir?

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Sing Here Now

Singing in the Rain

Danza Danza

Earthday Rap

Intergenerational Women’s Choir Sings,”Earth Day Rap” at SCRAP.

 

Little Blue Top

Intergenerational Women’s Choir Sings at Irvington Village lead by director Crystal Akins.

 

Amani Utupe

Rock That Cradle

Oh Happy Day

Intergenerational Women’s Choir Sings at Irvington Village. Their youngest singer is 4 years old and their oldest singer is 99 years old.