Please note: Lightspark Commons is currently deactivated.
We are formerly the Occupy Portland Interfaith Guild of Chaplains (IGC) and the Interfaith Solidarity Cascadia, providing both a wide range of spiritual support for members of various popular social movements in the Pacific Northwest with primary focus on the Portland, Oregon-Vancouver, Washington metropolitan region, and voices of conscience and wisdom from streams of traditions to the social justice activism.
Lightspark Commons (LC) is an independent organization, not a committee of Occupy Portland. LC receives no funds from the Friend of Occupy Portland.
Not all LC members are chaplains nor are they required to perform that function beyond their own capacities. LC does not credential, certify, ordain or license chaplains. LC member chaplains are considered to be competent, experienced and knowledgeable in their respective religious traditions, and are considered to be empowered according to their faiths' dictates to minister to people within means of their capacities. LC members are responsible for following their conscience, beliefs, and any applicable professional standards, disciplines and ecclesiastical regulations of their religious affiliations.
LC DOES NOT assume legal or financial responsibility for its members. Neither the LC nor the individual chaplain is an agent for or of the other. However, each member chaplain of the LC is answerable to the collective of the LC and does come under the mutual accountability structure of the LC. If an investigation finds serious violations of ethics, morals, and values have indeed been committed, certain sanctions can be applied up to and including termination of membership. All chaplaincy services are provided "as-is" and free of charge to members, allies and visitors of Occupy Portland and other Occupy-allied and Occupy-originated communities in Oregon and Southwest Washington. By participating in any of LC's activities, including worship services and pastoral counseling, you consent to waive all rights to monetary damages and legal actions.
Pursuant to Oregon law, we are required to report cases of child abuse and elder abuse to the Oregon Department of Human Services. Pursuant to Washington state law, we are required to report cases to child and elder abuses believed to have taken place in Washington to the Washington State Department of Social and Human Services.