Community Life Service Group

Activities in the Community Life Service Group:

  • The Sattva Social Club
  • The Needs & Care Group
  • The Engaged Buddhism Group

Other groups comprising community life may find a home in the CLSG. The benefits are communication and support as needed from among all the KCC Service Groups.

Service Group Coordinator:


Sattva Social Club

The mission of the Sattva Social Club is to support the sangha by creating opportunities to relax together and nurture supportive connections in the dharma. We plan movie nights, potlucks, presentations, Tara Dancing events and more. Have an idea? Let us know! Care to join us? We’d love it if you did! Contact or one of our members directly.



Sattva Social Club Members:

Carolyn Peck –
Kay Hartsock –
Linda Grove –
Mary Woods –
Peter Wood –
Phyllis Moses –

Needs & Care Group

The Needs & Care Group has created a Program of Care for the KCC sangha. The group will share learning, provide support, and build ongoing awareness and opportunities for KCC as a Practice Community of Care.

To join, or to ask for help, send an email to any member of the Needs & Care Group. You may also contact .

Needs & Care Group Members

Carolyn Peck –
Cynthia Irvine –
Judatha Kline –
Linda Grove –
Linda Logan –
Michele Zimmerman –
Peter Wood –
Phil Wallin –
Susan Giese –

KCC’s Program of Care

Use KCC Survey Data as a Practice Community of Care

Results of a sangha-wide services survey are accessible to the 47 sangha members who completed the survey. They can use the data to find help for themselves and anyone in the sangha. Supporting more people in connecting and facilitating care promotes growth and sustainability of a Practice Community of Care within KCC.
We encourage anyone in the sangha to contact a member of the Needs & Care Group to ask for support.

Use Meal Train for coordinating help with meals.

Short term meals support is available to sangha members as needed. Anyone in the Needs & Care group can assist in setting up a Meal Train page for coordinating this help. Upon request, sangha members who cook for each other may be reimbursed for up to $9 per meal they provide through Meal Train. Recipients may donate $1 to $9 for meals they receive.

Refer to the Portland Area Support Services listing for finding help we can’t provide.

If a sangha member needs more support with food, finances, aging, support groups, mental health, retirement, children’s needs, caregiver needs, legal issues, or good self-care in trying times, check out the Portland Area Support Services List. Sometimes, just talking with someone and looking at the list together can help.

Promote awareness of Villages.

Providing help and connection is their business!
Villages NW – Home  “ Our mission: “To create dynamic, intentionally inclusive, caring communities that connect, engage, and support older adults as they maintain active and purposeful lives.” – Northeast Village PDX is a vibrant and engaging community of older adults in Northeast Portland. Our members and volunteers share skills and expertise to create a better experience of aging.

Keep our resources current and share support and learning in community.

Sangha members can submit changes to their survey data to anyone on the Needs & Care Group. From time to time, we will make the survey available again, on the website and via the KCC newsletter, so that others can be included. Link to complete the survey.
The Needs & Care Group will continually review the links and resources on the Support Services List to make sure we have good information. Keep aware of the helpful resources that you, your loved ones, and others use in the wider community to stay healthy, active, and connected, and to get by. Let anyone on the Needs & Care group know what helps so we can add those resources to the Support Services List!

The Engaged Buddhism Group

The mission of the Engaged Buddhism Group is to support social causes to reduce suffering and to develop Bodhicitta both on and off the cushion. We are a large group of sangha members taking action in the world, individually and together, for the benefit of all. Activities include Letter Writing for Vote Forward to get out the vote! We volunteer time and money to non-profits in Portland, and we build awareness of Climate Change, its disproportionate effects, and how to respond as Buddhists. We share our concern for social justice issues, our compassion, and our need to change our own minds as we work together. The Engaged Buddhism group meets over lunch on the last Sunday of the month at 12:30 in person at KCC and on Zoom. To join email or connect with one of the contacts listed here.

Currently, members of the Engaged Buddhism Group are gathering to consider how we respond to the specter of climate change. We have formed the Engaged Buddhism Book Study/Contemplation Group. Currently we are reading “The Practice of the Wild” by Gary Snyder. This group meets on the third Monday of the month at 1pm on Zoom. Questions? Contact Peter, Sherry or Judatha.

Engaged Buddhism Group Contacts:

Peter Wood –
Sarah Clark –
Sherry Bohannan –
Sonia Arion –
Judatha Kline –

What distinguishes Buddhist activism from any other kind of activism?

–Excerpted and reworked from The Intersection Point: Buddhist Activism at the WTO by Diana Winston, Turning Wheel, Spring 2000

Oct 21: Dinner and a Show!

Share a Potluck at 6:30 and a Slide Show of Bill and Dora’s 2019 pilgrimage to Tibet beginning at 7:15pm!


Movie Night October 8 at 7pm

Join us at KCC or on Zoom to watch “Dalai Lama Scientist.” “Passionate about science his entire life, the Dalai Lama describes himself: “My body, this person, half Buddhist monk, […]


Movie Night Sept 23 at 7pm

Beautifully shot with an expert eye for cinematic impact, The Velvet Queen is one of the most stunning pieces of film you will ever see.