c. 2012 Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) On a bright April afternoon, hundreds of worshippers spilled into a Portland parking lot, exchanging hugs and handshakes after the weekly sermon. Children scampered around the property, bordered by a white picket fence. The man who has guided the congregation for more than a decade greeted the faithful.
c. 2011 Religion News Service
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) In planning for his death, Gary Haugen decided weeks ago he would take just one possession with him -- a postcard showing a bald eagle soaring high. On the back was a final blessing from the friend who sent it: "Fly free, brother."