Earth Care Summit Pre-event Reception, “Taste of Earth Care: Wineries, Land Use and the Columbia Gorge." 4 to 5 p.m. at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland (next to First Christian Church). As a pre-event to the fifth Annual Earth Care Summit, Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns, in partnership with the Oregon Historical Society, will host a reception with brief presentations that inspire appreciation for the remarkable legacy of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area for present and future generations. We’ll enjoy socializing and networking, enhanced by wines from one of the Northwest’s best organic wineries, along with nonalcoholic drinks, select local cheeses and fruits. The pre-event reception is $10 and includes refreshments. Space is limited, so please register early (register securely online now). For more information, call (503) 221-1054, ext. 210, or email email@example.com. (See below for more details about the Earth Care Summit.)
The historical context for the development of the winery industry in the NW as it relates to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and Oregon’s land use laws will be highlighted by a Kevin Gorman of Friends of the Columbia Gorge. Vintner Robin Dobson will share his approach to “eco-dynamic agriculture” in his vineyards, and the natural winemaking techniques that make his wines unique. Robin beautifully combines his passion for nature and for wine in his endeavors with Klickitat Canyon & Columbia Gorge Winery. As an ecologist for the US Forest Service and as a grower/winemaker of Klickitat Canyon & Columbia Gorge Wines, Robin demonstrates his unwavering dedication to both conservation and sustainable agriculture. We’ll benefit from Robin’s passion and dedication as we try out his wine and celebrate the bounty of the Earth and the gifts of friendship and collaboration we enjoy in our own work of Earth care.
Earth Care Summit, "Breath of Life: Earth's Atmosphere." 5:30 to 9 p.m. (registration and display tables begin at 5 p.m.) at First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Ave., Portland. (There will also be a pre-event “Taste of Earth Care” reception, featuring an organic vintner; see above for details.) EMO's Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns and Oregon Interfaith Power & Light invite all congregations seeking to be more faithful in Earth care to our fifth annual event. Entitled “Breath of Life: Earth’s Atmosphere," the focus will be on clean air and a stable climate in the context of faith and spiritual practice. Speakers will include Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Bob Doppelt, coordinator of the Climate Ethics Campaign and executive director of Resource Innovation Group. Practical and local actions for congregations, individuals and communities will also be provided. Come network with others and be inspired! Cost for the Earth Care Summit (includes seasonal dinner): $25 per person; $15 for students; $200 for tables of eight (download registration brochure or register online). Consider becoming a cosponsor (download form); for more information, call (503) 221-1054, ext. 214, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Download bulletin insert and event poster.
Collins Lecture with Karen Armstrong. Armstrong is a British author and commentator known for her books on comparative religion. A former Roman Catholic religious sister, she first rose to prominence in 1993 with her book A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Her work focuses on commonalities of the major religions, such as the importance of compassion and the Golden Rule. Armstrong received the $100,000 TED Prize in February 2008. She used that occasion to call for the creation of a Charter for Compassion, which was unveiled the following year. Check back soon for more details!
Save the Date: May 14
EMO Annual Community Awards & Celebration Dinner. Reception & Silent Auction at 5 p.m. and Dinner & Awards at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel, 921 SW Sixth Ave., Portland.