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October 28
Strengthening Our Region through Interfaith Action: What can we do together that we cannot do by ourselves? 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Neveh Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland. This unique and exciting full-day gathering will offer an "open space" format, through which participants will have the opportunity to create the agenda together. We will explore diverse points of view and inspiring new directions for interfaith relations and action throughout the state. All are invited to share their presence, voice and ideas at the event. There will be a sliding scale free will offering; vegetarian food and snacks provided. Register now. Sponsored by the Interreligious Action Network of Washington County, the Interfaith Council of Greater Portland, and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Download event poster.

November 1
Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Christian Church, Multi-purpose Room, 1314 SW Park Ave., Portland. Join us for a retreat to engage in new ways to address the interlinked climate and economic crises. Through use of deep dialogue, group ritual, music and our own wild imaginings, this retreat will explore the ground of gratitude, honor, or 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. Our leader is Barbara Ford, an artist, facilitator, singer and activist with more than 30 years of experience working with individuals and groups, including faith groups, non-profits and schools. Cost: $40 (includes vegetarian lunch) or $30 if you bring your own lunch. Register online now. For more information, call (503) 221-1054, ext. 214, or download event poster. Sponsored by EMO's Oregon Interfaith Power & Light.

November 20
One Place Many Tastes. 6 to 9 p.m. at Embassy Suites, 7900 NE 82nd Ave., Portland. Help Embassy Suites raise funds for EMO's Northeast Emergency Food Program. The event will include a live cook-off among chefs from five local hotels, food tasting stations from 10 countries, beer and wine tasting, a silent auction, live music, and Give!Guide donation stations. The cost is $20 per person; proceeds will go to NEFP to buy supplies for the food pantry. Register securely online now.

December 3
World AIDS Day Fundraiser Lunch for EMO's HIV Day Center. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Concordia University, Hagen Center (second floor), 2811 NE Holman St., Portland. You are invited to join us for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s HIV Day Center annual fundraising event. This year, we celebrate 25 years of service as the only HIV drop-in center serving greater Portland’s most vulnerable, low-income, HIV-positive individuals. Special recognition will be given to HIV Day Center volunteer Jacqueline Dvorak, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and Metropolitan Community Church. As our guest, there is no charge to attend the lunch (please note that this will be a lunch instead of breakfast, as in previous years); donations will be solicited. All contributions go towards sustaining the HIV Day Center. Please RSVP to EMO’s HIV Day Center by Nov. 26: email  or call (503) 460-3822. If you can’t attend the event, please consider making a secure online donation (specify HIV Services). Generously sponsored by Concordia University.

Before the lunch event, you are welcome to join us for a Community Prayer Vigil to honor those lost and those living with HIV/AIDS at 11:30 a.m. at Ainsworth United Church of Christ, 2941 NE Ainsworth, Portland (three blocks from Concordia University).

Save the Date: January 24 & 25, 2015
Earth Care Summit, "The True Cost of Climate Change."
Saturday, 6 to 8 p.m., Reception and Climate Arts; Sunday, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Pre-event Seminar, and 5 to 8 p.m., Earth Care Summit; at the University of Portland, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland. We are currently looking for cosponsors including congregations, organizations and businesses (download a cosponsorship form). Dinner table sponsorships are $280 for an eight-person table and $175 for a table of seven students and one advisor.

IADSave the Date: February 11, 2015
2015 Interfaith Advocacy Day, "Raising Diverse Voices of Faith to Strengthen Oregon Communities." 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.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 include presentations from faith leaders on the religious roots of concern for the poor, training in advocacy skills, issue briefings, procession to the Capitol Building, and afternoon meetings with elected representatives and senators. 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 $15. Online registration will be available by Jan. 2, 2015. For more information, contact Jan Elfers, EMO Public Policy director, at or (503) 221-1054.

Cosponsors to date include Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, Office of Life, Justice and Peace; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon; Interfaith Council of Greater Portland; Islamic Society of Greater Portland; Jewish Federation of Portland; Muslim Educational Trust; Oregon Area Jewish Committee; Oregon Center for Christian Voices; and Pacific University Center for Peace & Spirituality. If your congregation or organization is interested in being an event Endorser, please download an Endorser Form and return it no later than Dec. 1, 2014.

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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