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April 30
Dining Out for Life. Dining Out for Life is an annual nation-wide event held on the last Thursday in April. Dine Out at participating restaurants on April 30, 2015, and a portion of your bill will be donated to EMO's HIV Day Center and OHSU's Partnership Project to support individuals living with HIV/AIDS throughout the Portland metro area. A list of participating restaurants is at www.diningoutforlife.com/portland. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DiningOutForLifePortland.

May 7, 2015
EMO Annual CelebrationEMO Annual Community Awards & Celebration Dinner. Reception & Silent Auction begin at 5 p.m., Dinner & Awards Presentation begin 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel, Pavilion, 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland. As the premier ecumenical event of the year in Oregon, EMO will bring together over 400 members of our diverse communities of faith and community partners, as we will celebrate the ecumenical movement in Oregon and honor those who are guided by their faith to serve Oregonians in need. This year's awardees include "Ecumenist of the Year" The Rev. Dr. T. Allen Bethel, Senior Pastor, Maranatha Church; "Vollum Ecumenical Humanitarian Award" Ron Wyden, United States Senator; and "Ecumenical Service Awards" to New City Initiative and Jericho Road. The cost per person is $100; a table that seats 10 is $1,000. Make your reservation securely online now or download a Response Card. If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor, please download a Sponsorship Form. Learn more including auction items and sponsors.

May 9
Active Hope Retreat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Ave., downtown Portland. With our planet and economies in crisis, our political process in chaos and our cultural story in transition, many of us at times feel hopeless, cynical or despairing. Active Hope is an empowering, creative stance for meeting these challenges. This workshop—based largely on the work of eco-philosopher Joanna Macy—explores new ways in which we can face these issues, find inspiration and embody our gifts for the healing of our world. Through the use of deep dialogue, group ritual, music and our own wild imaginings, we will explore together the ground of gratitude, honor our 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. Registration is $40, including a vegetarian lunch and $30 if you bring your own lunch. Register securely online now. Download Flyer. Sponsored by EMO’s Oregon Interfaith Power & Light.

May 15 & 16
CoSA Volunteer Training. Friday, 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Interchurch Center, Hughes Room, 0245 SW Bancroft St, Portland. You are invited to our next volunteer training, led by Andrew McWhinnie, Therapist and International CoSA Researcher. Volunteer for Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA), and learn about an effective way to prevent violence. Circles of involved community members form positive social support for high-risk sex offenders coming out of prison. The hope of CoSA is simple yet profound: No More Victims. Circles follow a restorative justice model, working alongside the treatment and supervision sex offenders are already provided, by offering practice in pro-social relationship building. Community volunteers meet regularly as a team with a sex offender through the first year of release from prison, to prevent the isolation that can raise the risk of re-offending. Join us to learn more about the realities of life for sex offenders in our communities, how CoSA effectively helps prevent violence, and how you can get involved. One person at a time, we are helping prevent violence. Friday evening's training will cover a core element of the CoSA model: the Circle Covenant that all members agree to in setting group expectations. Saturday's training will cover the CoSA model and how it addresses the realities of life for sex offenders. Free training - please register to cosa@emoregon.org. For questions, cosa@emoregon.org or (503) 988-8580. Download training poster.


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