Beloved Community Forum. 4 to 6 p.m. at Peninsula Park at the Gazebo, 700 N. Rosa Parks Way, Portland. Oregon reports more hate crimes than anywhere else in the country. So what do we do about it? Let us start 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 community members for the first of an ongoing series of conversations and brainstorming sessions about the kind of world we want to build here in Oregon. Feel free to bring food to share for this community forum and potluck, but also bring your own vision about the kind of world you most want to live in. The only requirement is a commitment to building the Beloved Community in Oregon. Each month the conversation will be "seeded" by a different individual, group, movement or nonprofit dedicated to same. This first forum will be led by Bobbin Singh, executive director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center, which works to promote civil rights and improve legal representation for communities often under served in the past.
Save the date: November 2
2017 Collins Lecture, "Wounded Earth, Wounded Humanity: God’s Call for Climate Justice as a Civil Right." 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 Portland area location of the event is yet to be determined. Check back for developing details.