Gathering Place of Many Rivers


We are fortunate to have a number of individuals and groups using the PNC building as a place of gathering.  Though they are independently run and attended, their energy and the love they put into their offerings adds to making this a special, diversified place of usefulness and coming together. Below is a listing of some of them:



The Portland New Church Interfaith Community

     This is the core body of this gathering place and is under the auspices of the Swedenborgian Church of North America.  The council of the Portland New Church meets monthly and is responsible for the running of the church.  Services currently offered by this community are currently as follows:


2nd Sunday of every month - 10:30 - 11:30 am. Portland New Church Service led by Pastor Lorraine Kardash consisting of music, prayer, reflection, communion service.

All are welcome.  Fellowship follows. Currently, this service is held on zoom

3rd Sunday - 10:30 - 11:30 am.  Interfaith Service led by students of The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine.  All are welcome. Currently on Zoom.


4th Sunday - Circle of Prayer Gathering, which consists of prayer, chant, song, offering,and 

        spiritual practice. Facilitated by Rev. Joni Rose and Pastor L.Kardash

      All are welcome. Currently on hold. However the 140 plus community continues to offer prayers which are requested by email to circleof

             Some of the building users:

  • Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (ChIME). The Service on the 3rd Sunday is led by the students .Contact:



    Nia  -  (Pronounced nee-ah) Discover your movement with Erin Curren, Nia Black Belt. Nia is a mindful fitness practice that draws from the martial arts, dance and healing arts.  Contact:                             207-680-8083    on hold


  • West African Dance - Embody The Rhythm.   Brings weekly W. African inspired dance classes with dancer, choreographer Marita Kennedy-Castro, and a crew of drummers including master drummer Namory Kieta from Sangbardo Guinea, W. Africa. Classes are designed for both the true beginner and intermediate students, bringing community together through the healing power of movement and music.Contact:  https//  Currently on hold


  • Laura Scott Dance - Laura offers a variety of Scottish dance classes, including quick footed, buoyant Highland dancing, percussive, articulate Cape Breton step dancing, Scottish folk and country dances, and ceilidh dancing. Currently classes are running on Friday evenings in Highland but other classes can be arranged.     207-650-​         Currently on hold


  • Authentic Movement/Contemplative Dance - Caroline Loupe, owner of The Body Speaks  Contact:  207-831-7600  Currently on hold.

  • Joie Grandbois - Open Circles offered monthly on 1st Sunday eve. with the purpose of providing space for the earth-centered spirituality community to come together to celebrate and create connection.  The circle ritual focus changes from month to month depending on the time of year.

       Contact:  Joie  Currently on hold