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IADFebruary 11, 2015
2015 Interfaith Advocacy Day, "Raising Diverse Voices of Faith to Strengthen Oregon Communities." 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (registration/check-in begins at 8 a.m.) at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Salem. The 2015 Interfaith Advocacy Day will bring together hundreds of people from many religious traditions from throughout Oregon for a day of worship, dialogue and advocacy. Activities will include an interfaith panel on “Confronting Poverty, Promoting Economic Equality and Preventing Gun Violence,” training in advocacy skills, issue briefings, meetings with our legislators, and a keynote address by Nichole June Maher, MPH, president and CEO of Northwest Health Foundation. Individuals and groups from congregations and community organizations are encouraged to participate. The registration fee is $20 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials) and $10 for students with ID. Parking passes are $16 (includes shipping and handling). Register securely online now or download a registration brochure. For more information, contact Jan Elfers, EMO Public Policy director, at or (503) 221-1054.

Cosponsors to date include Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon; Interfaith Council of Greater Portland; Islamic Society of Greater Portland; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Oregon; Muslim Educational Trust; Oregon Area Jewish Committee; Oregon Center for Christian Voices; Pacific University Center for Peace & Spirituality; and Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice. Endorsers to date include: Central Presbyterian, Church of Scientology of Portland, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Neveh Shalom, Covenant Presbyterian, Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon-Commission to End Racism, First Unitarian of Portland, Havurah Shalom, Inter-Religious Action Network of Washington County, L'Arche Portland, Northwest Catholic Counseling Center, Oregon Alliance to Prevent Gun Violence, P'Nai Or of Portland Tikkun Olam Committee, Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, St. Luke Lutheran, St. Mark Presbyterian, St. Paul's Episcopal, Smyrna United Church of Christ, SnowCap and Vermont Hills United Methodist. If your congregation or organization is interested in being an event Endorser, please download an Endorser Form.

February 20 & March 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.

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 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 at To RSVP, please email or call (503) 221-1054 no later than February 25

Save the Date: 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. To learn more about the awards, or if you would like to nominate an individual, congregation or organization, please download an award nomination packet.

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