The Right Reverend Diana Akiyama was born in Wheeler, Oregon and grew up in a Japanese-American community in Hood River. In 1989, she was the first Japanese-American woman ordained to the priesthood in The Episcopal Church. Bishop Akiyama was consecrated on January 30, 2021 at Trinity Cathedral in Portland.
She shared her vaccine experience, and reasons for getting vaccinated:
My vaccine appointment date and time were emailed to me after I registered on the OHA website. The location was at Sandy High School – a bit of a drive but such a beautiful drive. Both of my shots were very easy. The professionals at Sandy High School were extremely well organized and the entire process was smooth and efficient. I felt well taken care of and that every effort was being made to keep me safe and to help me if I needed assistance.
I want to be able to be with people in groups, in worship, and with friends and family. I would love to be able to sing again in church!
This article first appeared in the April 29, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.