Lift Every Voice: Stories of Injustice and Learned Racism

Lift Every Voice: Stories of Injustice and Learned Racism

The holidays are here – a season of love. But how can we love our neighbors when the city is so divided?

The summer of 2020 ushered in a new era of truth and advocacy that confronts our country’s history of racial discrimination and injustice. Beginning with the “Tampa Technique,” a documentary film about Tampa’s Central Avenue business, a conversation began about the need for a new social justice movement in our time. The dialogue that began there continues with this new event.

Lift Every Voice is a virtual storytelling event you won’t miss!

Storytelling can be a powerful tool in building bridges to our lived experiences. These stories will teach us to:

  1. Be better advocates for racial justice
  2. Be better allies to all people of color
  3. Know better and do better

Courageous conversations validate the lived experiences of injustice and discrimination of people in our lives and in our communities.

These are our friends and neighbors in Tampa Bay. They are people we love, in the city we love. Together, we can make this a better place and life for all.

The event, presented by The Justice Ministry of Hyde Park United Methodist, is free and open to the public. Please pre-register.



Here’s a listing of weekly gatherings and live worship streaming. Just click on the linked text and your browser will take you to that page or application.

Sunday, Jan. 10

  • 9:30 a.m. Online Worship (Website)
  • 9:30 a.m. Onsite Worship (RSVP)
  • 10:15 a.m. Children’s Ministries – Virtual Sunday Morning Live (Zoom)
  • 11 a.m. Live-streamed Worship (Website)
  • 5 p.m. MERGE Youth Ministries (Facebook and YouTube)

Monday, Jan. 11

  • Hyde Park and The Portico’s Ministry Offices open

Tuesday, Jan. 12

  • Hyde Park and The Portico’s Ministry Offices open
  • 5:30 p.m. Merge Youth Council Live Devos (Merge Instagram)
  • Children’s Ministries Talk About It Tuesday! (Facebook)

Wednesday, Jan. 13

  • Hyde Park and The Portico’s Ministry Offices open
  • 6:30 p.m. Merge Games Night (Zoom Meeting ID 432 313 460)
  • 6:30 p.m. Children’s Ministries Game Time (Zoom)

Thursday, Jan. 14

  • Hyde Park and The Portico’s Ministry Offices open

Friday, Jan. 15

  • Hyde Park and The Portico’s Ministry Offices open
The Portico Receives Hillsborough County Design Award

The Portico Receives Hillsborough County Design Award

The Portico Received Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community: Hillsborough County’s Planning Commission presented representatives of The Portico with a design award Oct. 29. The award honors projects that contribute to a better quality of life in our community and serve as a model for others to emulate.
We are grateful to all who help us make the concept of The Portico a reality to the benefit of Tampa, including Rob and Kim Foss, Clayton McNeel, John Mathew, Cheryl Parrish, Mary Britain and the Rev. Justin LaRosa.
The Portico Campus

The Portico Campus

The Portico Campus

Extending Hyde Park United Methodist’s mission and vision into the urban core of Tampa, The Portico campus offers Downtown Tampa Conversation, Connection and Community Change. The Portico campus, located at 1001 N. Florida Ave holds worship 5:30 p.m. each Sunday.

HOPE Nehemiah Action

The Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE) has been a vehicle to unite diverse congregations to improve the quality of life in Hillsborough County by achieving justice and fairness. Their brochure shares Long Range Goals and Major Accomplishments covering Youth, Education Reform, Employment, Healthcare, Crime Prevention, Public Transportation, Housing/Homelessness, and Neighborhood Improvement.

Did you know?

  • 104,540 families in Hillsborough Couty pay more than 1/2 of their income on housing, while 74,530 families struggle with very low incomes
  • 6,500 Hillsborough County residents are in state prison and 3,100 are in the county jail.
  • 30-40% of the people in jail have serious mental illness and 60-80% have co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Affordable housing, mental health and criminal justice reform are large issues right here in Hillsborough County. With your help, we can make a large impact on people’s lives and create systemic change. Join with 75 others from Hyde Park United Methodist and our goal of 1,400 attendees from the area, including government representatives. Attend 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, April 1 at Bible-Based Fellowship Church in north Tampa for Hope Nehemiah Action.

Let us know you are coming. Also, please print the attached ticket and add your contact information.


Homeless Memorial Service 2019

Homeless Memorial Service 2019

Members of The Portico community gathered Monday, Jan. 28 to remember and name the men and women who died on the streets of Tampa in 2018. In song, prayer and silent reflection, those present acknowledged the people in our midst that are sometimes invisible to us.
Here are the names of those who are known to have passed away on Tampa’s streets:
  • Johnny Arrington
  • Philip Bennett
  • Cynthia Blair Porley
  • Gregory Brantley
  • Heutra Carnegie
  • Charles Catterton
  • Levin Coda
  • Jose Colon Martinez
  • Rickie Crace
  • Eduardo Fernandez
  • John Fields
  • Michael Fontana
  • Michael Gentry
  • Gordon Hall
  • Robert “Rebel” Henderson
  • Anthony Hofbauer
  • Ronald Hurst
  • Ronald Jasenec
  • Derrick Johnson
  • Hassan Lewis
  • Darnel Livingston
  • Jonathan Emmanuel Lugo Maldonado
  • Katherine McDaniel
  • Richard Meccariello
  • Forrest Mendelsohn
  • Jeanette Metz
  • Sergio Mier-Sanchez
  • Dean Mone
  • Lionel Moore
  • William Oates
  • Carolina Pugh
  • Leonard Reichelderfer
  • Tracy Rowan
  • Julio Sanchez-Gutierrez
  • Crystal Santiago
  • Scott Sigler
  • Kevin Thompson
  • Daniel Tirko
  • Vanessa Verdavoir
  • Judy Vibbert
  • Michael West
  • Theresa Williams
  • Elizabeth Wilson

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