Camino Countdown: 154 days until we walk!

I don’t have a lot to report in our preparation for the Camino journey.  This week I continued to pray and pray and pray about being able to start in August, that it won’t be totally overcrowded and that we are healthy and the world is ready for us to walk.   As our world continues…

Thank God for the feisty

    One of the things that I do like about living in Berlin is being surrounded by the creative. I joke that this city is made up of software engineers and freelance artist.  The technical and the artzy all wrapped in one interesting city, always with something to do.  When the technical and artzy…

Happy birthday, Ana!

Today is the birthday of one of my favorite people in the whole wide world!  Happy birthday, to my lovely partner, Ana!  It is not the day that we expected or anticipated but I am so glad that we are celebrating it together. Ana, we met almost three years ago and I had no idea…

That feeling…that’s grief…

Last night I got to hop on a zoom call with about 25 of my colleagues in Oregon.  I was excited to see the email that chose a time that I could join them from afar. Being far from home, in a country halfway across the world from your family, not doing the thing you…

Camino Countdown: 160 days

For the first time since we decided that we would walk on the Camino again, I am glad that we are still over 5 months away from beginning in hopes that all of this COVID-19 business is well on its way to being behind us rather than in the midst.  I know that it won’t…

An immigrant in social distancing

Yesterday was full of some firsts for me.  I found a work out program to work out from our flat while our gym is closed.  This isn’t new but working out with a husky at my feet trying to play with me because I am active is something new.  My work out included hopping around…

A moment in time

In the gift of this new day, In the gift of this present moment In the gift of time and eternity intertwined, Let us be thankful, Let us be attentive, Let us be open to what have never happened before. I have been reading through my journal from my first Camino walk on the Camino…

We should be journaling everything

This morning after I walked the dogs, I left them in our flat and turned around to go back outside. I needed to walk a little bit more and not with the creatures pulling me in every direction and watching diligently out for them, dissuading them from trash or other dogs.  And while we are…

People I know: Chris Aiosa

In 2015, I moved from McMinnville, OR to NE Portland to serve as the pastor at Rose City Park United Methodist Church.  I inherited a church with a whole host of issues that I hadn’t quite discovered yet but I could feel all around me but I also came to the church unabashedly passionate about…

Camino Countdown: 167 days (23 weeks and some)

This week has been a weird one in the world as we all know…so what does this mean for our Camino?  As of right now we are so thankful that we planned our camino journey for the fall and not the Spring.  We have been really feeling for those who have had to leave their…