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Speak Out SundayNovember 23
Speak Out Sunday.
We’re calling all congregations across faiths and denominations to dedicate Speak Out Sunday to dialogue, teaching, prayer and action around sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) and its prevention. Download flyer. Learn more at or contact Rhonda Case at or (503) 680-3125,

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).

Earth Care SummitSave the Date: January 24 & 25, 2015
Earth Care Summit, "The True Costs of Climate Change."
On Saturday, Reception and Climate Arts at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; on Sunday, Pre-event Seminar at 3 to 4:30 p.m. and Earth Care Summit at 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. All events will be held at the University of Portland, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland. The 2015 Earth Care Summit will explore how climate change affects physical and mental health, agriculture and biodiversity, our social and economic well-being, and our culture and faith, while looking at current, equitable solutions. By deepening our spiritual and religious understanding and joining with others in action on the individual, congregational, community, state and national levels, we will start to effect change. To learn more about the event, download a registration brochure or register securely online now.

Sponsored by EMO's Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns and Oregon Interfaith Power & Light and the University of 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.

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; 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, Congregation Neveh Shalom, Northwest Catholic Counseling Center, Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, St. Luke Lutheran, St. Mark Presbyterian, St. Paul's Episcopal, Smyrna United Church of Christ, and Vermont Hills United Methodist. 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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