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We Can Listen :: The Power of Being Heard

The Old Church Concert Hall
1422 Southwest 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201, US (map)



“We Can Listen” ::: The Power of Being Heard

Doors 6:30 pm - All Ages - Bar with ID

Admission is free Your donation at the door will support future "We Can Listen" events.

Coming to the sanctuary of our stage is a new series, We Can Listen, a free monthly storytelling, conversation, and visual/performing arts program series open to all. Launching April 11th, We Can Listen happens the 2nd Tuesday of the month year round at The Old Church.

Sometimes, listening is the most profound action we can take. Quiet your voices, and join us in the spirit of community, for a cultural intersection of storytelling, documentary, music, and personal expression where all voices have the right to be heard.

On April 11, Grammy-nominated local recording artist and theatrical performer Julianne Johnson will moderate our kickoff event We Can Listen: The Power of Being Heard. Joining her in conversation will be Portland-based activist, writer, photographer, and the organizer of the Portland Women's March, Margaret Jacobsen; Chicago-born, recent Portland transplant, musician and millennial, Moe Lincoln; and Rwandan facilitator of storytelling as an agent for change, Solange Impanoyimana. All three will offer narratives drawn from their own lives, and engage in a discussion around the power of being heard and the importance of listening.

The intention and heart of the "We Can Listen series is to give Portlanders young and old multiple opportunities to hear a variety of speakers share their perspectives on todays most important social justice topics in a moderator-led conversational setting. The goals are to build community, educate, and share the positive impact that truly listening to diverse voices can have on us all.

The We Can Listen series will present speakers both well-regarded and new to public discourse on topics Portlanders have demonstrated are important to them: racism, the homelessness crisis, the environment and clean water, immigration and refugee issues, gender equality, disability and health care, hunger and food security, civic engagement strategies for adults and youth, and other compelling social justice issues.

With We Can Listen, The Old Church wants to give those speakers and listeners a trusted, respectful and inspirational gathering space, which we believe will result in important civil discourse and self-directed, self-sufficient modes of action.

The Old Church is a nonprofit, non-religious, historic landmark and performance space in downtown Portland.


Doors 6:30pm - All Ages - Bar with ID -Free RSVP through Brown Paper Tickets.