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April 7,14, 21, 28 and May 5
Seed to Supper (a free five-week long gardening class). Monday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. at Anawim Christian Community, 19626 NE Glisan, Gresham. Seed to Supper (Spanish translation available) is being offered in the Rockwood neighborhood of Gresham to garden on a budget and improve nutrition. Every week participants will learn a new gardening skill, like low-cost ways for building healthy soil, choosing crops that fit your needs and tastes, and determining the perfect time to harvest veggies. The class is for adults and other independent learners only, but children’s activities will be offered. Class participants will receive a free gardening book, seeds and other gardening treats! Completion of the five-week course yields a certificate of recognition. For more information, call (503) 221-1054, ext. 215, or email khaller@emoregon.org. The Seed to Supper class is a creation of the Oregon Food Bank and Oregon State University Extension Service. The community garden and other gardening and cooking classes are a collaboration of EMO’s Interfaith Food & Farms Partnership and the Rockwood Food Co-op

April 18-27
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 awarren@emoregon.org. If you have any questions, call (503) 221-1054, ext. 210.

April 22
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 ecological and human flourishing in the context of faith is at the core of INEC’s mission and work. We celebrate our 21st anniversary with an evening to explore these connections. Activist, writer and film maker Bill Carter will take us on a tour of the global mining boom and explores the health and environmental implications 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 which has the potential to cause horrendous and irrevocable damage to our planet and ourselves. Special guests will share how faith communities, tribes and fisherman helped defeat a copper mine (Pebble) proposed for one of the world’s richest salmon habitats—key to family fishers of Bristol Bay and the culture and spirituality of Alaska tribes. Download event poster.
 
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. Carter’s books will be available for sale at the event.

April 24
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.

April 27
Portland Metro CROP Hunger Walk 2014. Registration at 1 p.m. and walk begins at 1:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Ave., Portland. Join more than 145,000 hunger fighters making an impact in their CROP Hunger Walks around the United States this year! CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. The course is a 2.7 mile route through downtown Portland. Refreshments and restrooms will be available at First Christian Church. Seventy-five percent of the funds raised will support the international relief and development programs of CWS; 25 percent will be split equally between EMO's NE Emergency Food Program and the Oregon Food Bank. For more information, visit www.crophungerwalk.org/portlandor or contact pn@cwsglobal.org or (206) 988-1622.

May 14
EMO Annual Community Awards & 40th Anniversary 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. EMO will celebrate our 40th anniversary at the 2014 EMO Annual Community Awards & 40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. The annual celebration has become the premier ecumenical event in Oregon, bringing together the diverse communities of faith and community partners in celebration of ecumenism and the spirit of hope across Oregon. This year, the event will celebrate the growth of the ecumenical movement in Oregon since EMO’s founding in 1974, following the merger of the Oregon Council of Churches and Portland Council of Churches. This years honorees include: Rev. Lynne Smouse López, "Ecumenist of the Year"; Sho Dozono, “Vollum Ecumenical Humanitarian Award”; First Christian Church in Silverton, “Ecumenical Service Award”; and Dr. Nohad Toulan and Dirce Angelina Moroni Toulan, posthumous "Two Pauls Award." The cost of the event is $75 per person, or $750 for a table of ten. Make your reservations securely online, or download a response card. For more information, call the EMO office at (503) 221-1054.

The event’s “40th Anniversary Sponsor” is Providence Health & Services. Silver sponsors are Legacy Health System and Rodney Allen Reeves. Bronze sponsors include Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, Augustana Lutheran Church, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oregon, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, First United Methodist Church in Portland, Income Property Management, Neil Kelly Co., Oregon Food Bank, Rodney Page and Ron Means, and Wright Land Co. To learn more about sponsorship, download a Sponsorship Form or contact Carla Starrett-Bigg or Christopher Siems at (503) 221-1054.

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