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Believers come together for Bike Temple grand opening

Posted by on October 12th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

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The Bike Temple crew (L to R):
Josh, Halley, Phil, Kernal, Amos, Ted.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Portland’s place for bicycling believers, the Bike Temple, celebrated its first physical location with a special grand opening event Friday night.

A large crowd of people from varying religions came together at the Lotus Seed Ashram (formerly the First Presbyterian Church) in Northeast Portland to bless their bicycles, profess their belief in them, and to offer themselves in service of anyone with a bike who needs help.

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My bike is now blessed. (Notice oil in Ted’s
hand and Amos doing Gregorian
chants at the mic.
(Photo Joe Adamski)

The ceremony included an overview of Bike Temple by Deacon Amos and a bike blessing by Pasture Ted. Bicycles where rolled onto stage and their owners were asked by Ted, “Do you believe in bicycles?!”. After a positive affirmation, “holy anointing oil” was dropped onto their chains to complete the blessing.

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Bike Temple member Halley
Weaver has begun work on a
series of murals in the
shop space.

Another highlight of the evening was a recitation of the Bicycle Lord’s Prayer by Reverend Phil and a sermon by Kernal Loose Nut. I talked to Kernal after the ceremony and he called his sermon a “creative visualization of what bicycling could be”. Others said he painted an inspiring picture of the bicycling utopia many of us are working toward.

Attendee Erin Likins was moved by the service. “The power of the service came from the direct community connection. It was like we’re saying, ‘Here we are and we’re going to change things.'”

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Deacon Amos (is that a halo!?).

Bike Temple has secured a shop space in the basement of the church, where founder “Deacon” Amos Hunter says they’ll offer many types of community support, both of the social and cycling variety. Standing in the middle of the space, Amos said “We want to be here to help people, just like any other church group would do.”

A pamphlet Amos handed out explained it in more detail:

“Our goal is to take the best parts of religion, like social service, community involvement, events, and neighborhood organization, and relate them to the bicycle in ways never done before. Our programs and services are designed to introduce religion and cycling in hopes that they play nicely together.”

Learn more about the Bike Temple in our our profile published back in July, or drop by their new shop location at NE 9th and Going.

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    patrickz October 12, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    In ciclo veritas!

    amen

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    patrickz October 12, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Correction:
    according to the web latin dictionary, that should read:
    In birotae veritas.

    http://ablemedia.com/ctcweb/showcase/whitakerwords.html

    (There’s truth in bicycles)

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    beth h October 12, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Baruch Hashem! Long live the bike temple!

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    Opus the Poet October 12, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    May the Lady of Ghisallo guide and protect them.

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    Paul Tay October 13, 2009 at 3:37 am

    Sacrilegious. From a devout Buddhist Jew, this is WAY way over the top. Is this supposed to be another PDX fun-filled dig at the Bible Belt, like BONG HITS 4 JESUS?

    Good grief, I’m all for the bike, but, worshiping it like an icon? Gimme a break. That’s like Obama getting a Country Music Award. 😛

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      Glenn January 23, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      No, while they are having fun, they seem to be quite sincere. They’re not parodying or picking on anyone else’s religion, they just seem to be appropriating the bits of it they find useful. Who knows if it will last, but I appreciate the sense of whimsy and fun that seems to permeate the Portland bike scene.

      Peace,
      Out

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    Borgbike October 13, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Pretty cool to know what’s going on in this space. I’ve wondered what folks have been up to here as I bike by on Going (future bike boulevard) in the mornings and evenings.

    From the outside it looks like an awesome (huge!) space for creative stuff.

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    Anonymous October 13, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Great fun. To those taking this too serious , please relax, we all need to laugh a bit more. Personally I feel I need to make a pilgramage to the temple asap!

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    WOBG October 13, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Ye gods.

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    CMark October 15, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Many attend, few understand.

    Aaaay-meyun.

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