People of Faith against the Death Penalty Ecumenical Dinner. 6 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 790 Marion St. NE, Salem. Sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO), pastors, ministers, denominational leaders and church administers will be featured speakers at the banquet. Rev. Karen Wood, chaplain at Willamette University, will be the mistress of ceremonies. In addition to the statements by the faith leaders, OADP will be laying out their plans for moving toward repeal of the death penalty in Oregon. Tickets for this event are just $20 and reservations for tables of eight are available. For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, contact Ron Steiner, at (503) 990-7060 or email@example.com. Tickets can be purchased directly online.
Earth Words 2014. EMO's Oregon Interfaith Power & Light is pleased to announce its fifth annual Earth Words contest. This is a wonderful opportunity for congregations of all faith to remember their deep faith connections to the Earth and inspire sustainable living. You are invited to nominate a sermon, homily or other written and spoken faith message on care for creation that you or someone else has shared in a faith setting.
Our theme this year is “Breath of Life”—clean air and climate in the context of faith echoing the 2014 Earth Care Summit. The faith messages will be judged on clarity and focus of the entire sermon, aesthetic appeal, theological foundation, call to action and creativity. Prizes for the top three sermons/faith messages include gift certificates for Powell’s Books and ShopIPL energy efficiency store.
To enter, please send an audio (preferred) and/or printed version of the sermon along with the sermon writer’s contact information by email to Alison Warren by May 30, 2014, to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, call (503) 221-1054, ext. 210.
It’s All Connected–The Web of Life, Food Webs and Mining: An Earth Day and Faith Evening.
6:30 to 8:15 p.m., followed by book-signing and reception from 8:15 to 8:45 p.m., at First Unitarian Church in Elliot Chapel, 1011 SW Twelfth Ave, Portland. Sponsored by EMO’s Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns (INEC) with First Unitarian Church’s Community for Earth. Suggested donation of $10 to $20. Connecting health, culture, justice and environment in the context of faith is at the core of INEC’s mission and work. We celebrate our 21st anniversary with an evening featuring Bill Carter, environmental journalist and author of Boom, Bust, Boom, which explores several mining areas, including the Pebble Mine in Alaska, and details the environmental and health implications involved in open-surface extraction of copper ore. From boardrooms of investors in London to the mountains of Indonesia, Carter connects the dots from his humble backyard garden to the CEOs of the multibillion-dollar global copper industry, confronting a resource that is so vital yet has the potential to cause horrendous and irrevocable damage to our planet and ourselves. Special guests will share how faith communities, tribes and fisherman worked together to keep a proposed copper mine out of one of the world’s richest salmon habitats—key to family fishers of Bristol Bay and the culture and spirituality of Alaska tribes.
Carter won the Arizona/New Mexico book award for Boom, Bust, Boom and is the award-winning director of the documentary film Miss Sarajevo, a film made in collaboration with U2 and shot from within the besieged city of Sarajevo. His articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, New York Times, The Washington Post and more. He is also the author of Red Summer: The Danger, Madness, and Exaltation of Salmon Fishing in a Remote Alaskan Village.
Dining Out for Life. Dining Out for Life is an annual international dining fundraising event, raising money for AIDS service organizations. Dine out at one of the participating restaurants and a substantial percentage of your bill will go directly to programs serving people with HIV/AIDS locally. The fundraiser is held in over 55 cities throughout the United States and Canada. In the Portland metro area, Dining Out for Life benefits EMO's HIV Services and OHSU's Partnership Project. Great Portland metro area restaurants will participate, including multiple McMenamins locations. Learn more at www.diningoutforlife.com/portland.
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.