Faith & Why Unions Matter. 6:30 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave., Portland. Talk with economist Marty Hart-Landsberg about how the strength of labor unions is related to the strength of the economy. Hear about the personal and positive impact being a union member has had on local working people. Explore why unions matter from a faith-based perspective with Rev. Andrea Cano. Presented by the Portland Jobs with Justice Faith-Labor & Portland Rising Committees, and cosponsored by EMO, Center for Christian Voice, and NW Oregon Labor Council.
Beloved Community Forum. 5 to 8 p.m. at Southminster Presbyterian, 12250 SW Denney Rd, Beaverton. Starting with the premise that the opposite of fear is friendship, and the opposite of "hate crime" is "building the beloved community," join a diverse cross-section of your neighbors on the fourth Sunday of each month to make new friends and deepen your community relationships. Each gathering will welcome a different community leader who will share their vision of "what are we for" here in Oregon, and offer us a chance to discern and discuss what we are for as well. The August Forum will welcome Kelly Weigel, Executive Director of the Western States Center, a group dedicated to building the power of community organizations that challenge and transform individuals, organizations, and systems, in order to achieve racial, gender, and economic justice. Kelly Weigel will offer her own vision of the kind of world she is working for, and offer us some guiding questions to do the same. Free event. Refreshments will be provided.
2017 Collins Lecture, "Wounded Earth, Wounded Humanity: God’s Call for Climate Justice." Seminar from 1 to 5:15 p.m. and lecture from 7 to 9:15 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland. We will explore how climate change disproportionately affects the world’s most vulnerable people, triggering the loss of livelihoods, food insecurity, forced migration and poor health. Polluted air and water, weather disasters and drought bring devastation to all, particularly those living in poverty. We will also discuss how fossil fuel production and transportation often impact the marginalized, as seen with the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock. Guest lecturers will be The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, president and founder of Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) and canon for the environment in the Episcopal Diocese of California, and The Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, civil rights leader, climate change activist and retired pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Atlanta. The cost to attend the seminal and lecture (includes dinner) is $50 general and $25 for students with ID; to attend the lecture only, the cost is $25 general and $15 students. Register securely online now! If your congregation or organization is interested in cosponsoring the event, please download a Sponsorship Agreement. Learn more about the event.
Preparing for Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest. All day at University Place Conference Center, Portland. The conference is sponsored by the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC), a network of over 250 mental health, resilience, climate, faith, disaster response, and other professionals working to prevent harmful psychological & psycho-social-spiritual reactions to climate impacts and use them as catalysts to increase both human and ecological wellbeing. Learn more about the conference. Full rate: $375; Early bird (ends Sept. 15) $295. Register now. For more information, email email@example.com.