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March 1
Interfaith Panel Discussion: Forgiveness and Reconciliation. 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church (1838 SW Jefferson St., Portland. Join spiritual and faith leaders from around Oregon for this special conversation framed around Simon Wiesenthal's thought provoking book The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limitations of Forgiveness. In the first half of the book Wiesenthal recounts his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp and what he did when asked for forgiveness by a dying SS soldier. In the second half of the book distinguished men and women from around the world offer their own reflections about whether or not Wiesenthal did the right thing in response to the dying man. Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Neveh Shalom, will be joined by prominent leaders from other faith-based communities including Mary Jo Tully, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Portland; Linda Neale of the Earth & Spirit Council; and David Leslie, executive director of EMO. This panel is presented in partnership with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and has been generously underwritten by Howard and Wendy Liebreich. 

March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 20
Seed to Supper (five-week gardening course)
. Five consecutive Mondays in March, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Sanctuary Community Garden / Anawim Christian Community, 19626 NE Glisan St., Gresham. Seed to Supper teaches beginners how to garden vegetables with a limited budget in a course taught completely free of charge, making gardening easy and accessible. Participants who attend regularly receive a garden handbook and free plants, seeds and other garden items. Registration is required by contacting Anna Burnham at or (503) 221-1054, ext. 215.

March 3
Interfaith Climate Advocacy Day
. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 600 State Street, Salem. Explore climate change as a moral issue, and learn about current climate legislation and how to effectively offer your views to legislators. Cost (including lunch): $20 general and $10 students. Register securely online. For more information about the event (including the agenda), download a registration brochure. Sponsored by EMO’s Oregon Interfaith Power & Light and other faith groups to be announced.

Sustainers BreakfastMarch 4
Northeast Emergency Food Program Sustainers' Breakfast. 7:20 to 8:30 a.m. at Mosaic Church, 1832 NE Cesar Chavez Blvd., Portland. Please join for this annual event. As our guest, there is no charge for the breakfast; donations will be solicited. All contributions go towards sustaining the Northeast Emergency Food Program. Keynote Speaker: Christina Jenkins, Black United Fund. If you can't attend the breakfast, please consider making a secure online donation. RSVP now, or email or call (503) 221-1054, no later than February 25.

March 5 and 6
CoSA Circle Volunteer Training (parts 1 & 2). 9 to 5 p.m. at the Interchurch Center, Hughes Conference Room, SW Bancroft and Kelly, Portland (directions). Join us for our next training cycle for Circle Volunteers (read more about CoSA). With international CoSA expert Andrew McWhinnie leading Part One, and local professionals leading Part Two, we will learn about CoSA's restorative approach to support sex offenders coming out of prison. CoSA's greatest strength is our volunteers. Please consider joining them and sharing your gifts with a Circle! Please contact CoSA Coordinator Audrey at (503) 988-8580 or to RSVP for this free training series. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

April 30
Dining Out for Life.Dining Out for Life is an annual nation-wide event held on the last Thursday in April. Dine Out at participating restaurants on April 30, 2015, and a portion of our bill will be donated to EMO's HIV Day Center and OHSU's Partnership Project to support individuals living with HIV/AIDS throughout the Portland metro area. A list of participating restaurants is at Find us on Facebook at

May 7, 2015
EMO Annual Community Awards & Celebration Dinner. At the Hilton Hotel in Portland. Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon annually recognizes individuals and groups in the community who have demonstrated a commitment to ecumenical service in Oregon. Award presentations will be made at the event.

May 9
Active Hope Retreat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Ave., downtown Portland. With our planet and economies in crisis, our political process in chaos and our cultural story in transition, many of us at times feel hopeless, cynical or despairing. Active Hope is an empowering, creative stance for meeting these challenges. This workshop—based largely on the work of eco-philosopher Joanna Macy—explores new ways in which we can face these issues, find inspiration and embody our gifts for the healing of our world. Through the use of deep dialogue, group ritual, music and our own wild imaginings, we will explore together the ground of gratitude, honor our pain for the world, and grow our deepened sense of interconnectedness and empowerment, as we face together the peril and beauty of our changing world. Registration is $40, including a vegetarian lunch and $30 if you bring your own lunch. Register securely online now. Download Flyer. Sponsored by EMO’s Oregon Interfaith Power & Light.

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