Beth Neel, Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church  will host the December Interfaith Alliance Meeting, to be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock, on Thursday, December 7, at 12:00 PM.

Beth Neel was ordained to the ministry in 1993, and was called to Westminster in 2011 to serve as co-pastor with her husband Gregg. We are told that “Beth knows her way around a committee meeting, potluck, and energetic Bible study.  When not at church, she enjoys reading books that might not have anything to do with faith, walking in rain or sun, trying to comb the dog, and having opportunities for hilarity with family.”

Guest speaker will be Mary Li, Director of the Multnomah County Idea Lab whose motto is  BUILD SMALL – LIVE LARGE.  The Multnomah Idea Lab (MIL), housed within the Multnomah County Department of County Human Services (DCHS),   tests new policies and innovations that help people and communities thrive.  Partnering with the national Family Independence Initiative (FII) and the Department of Human Services (DHS), MIL works to establish peer groups for families who have recently left the Temporary Assistance to  Needy Families (TANF) program.  The FII model engages families to share resources, provide support to one another, act as role models, and set their own goals.