Oregon Ballot Measure Forum. 12 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Fireside Room, 1838 SW Jefferson, Portland. This fall, Oregon voters will be asked to vote on seven ballot measures that will be on the November ballot including: rescinding the driver’s privilege card for undocumented residents that was passed in the 2013 Legislative Session (SB 833); requiring statewide GMO labeling; moving to open primaries; supporting a state Equal Rights Amendment; and legalizing marijuana. This forum will provide the opportunity to learn more about each measure. While faith and community-based non-profits cannot engage in partisan electoral politics, they can actively promote or oppose ballot measures and initiatives. Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon publishes the “EMO Voters Guide to Ballot Measures” that provides an overview of the ballot measures and initiatives under consideration complete with recommendations approved the EMO Board of Directors. The forum, led by EMO Executive Director David Leslie and Public Policy Director Jan Elfers, is free and open to the public. For more information or to schedule a forum at your congregation, call (503) 221-1054.
GMOs: Theological & Ethical Perspectives Forum. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Warner Pacific College, Schlatter Chapel, 2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland. What exactly are genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? Why were they developed? How are GMOs being used? And why are so many people concerned about them? These questions are on the minds of many Oregonians as we prepare to vote on Ballot Measure 92 in November. Measure 92 would mandate the labeling of certain foodstuffs that were produced with or contain genetically modified organisms. Warner Pacific College and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Interfaith Food & Farms Partnership are bringing together scientists, teachers, and faith leaders at a free public forum to consider these questions and contemplate how our faith traditions can inform our thinking about the positive uses and risks of GMOs. This public forum will include a brief presentation explaining what GMOs are and how they are used, followed by a Q&A time with the panelists. For more information, visit www.warnerpacific.edu. Download event poster.
Circles of Support and Accountability: Community Information Session. 5 to 8 p.m. at the Interchurch Center, Pamplin Conference Room, 0245 SW Bancroft St., Portland (directions). Learn about Circles of Support and Accountability
in Oregon (CoSA) at an open community information session
with Dr. Robin Wilson, Andrew McWhinnie, and Multnomah County CoSA Program Coordinator Rev. Audrey deCoursey. Any and all community supporters and potential volunteers are invited to this evening program. Meet others interested in restorative justice and help launch this important program for our state. To RSVP, contact Audrey deCoursey at (503) 988-8580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Circles of Support and Accountability: Volunteer Training. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Interchurch Center, Hughes Conference Room, 0245 SW Bancroft St., Portland (directions). Join us for an introductory training in Circles of
Support and Accountability with Dr. Robin
Wilson and Andrew McWhinnie. Learn how to be
an effective volunteer to help prevent victimization and
protect our communities by forming positive social
support for high-risk sex offenders coming out of
prison. CoSA is simple yet profound: No More Victims. CoSA follows 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 with a sex offender through the first year of release from prison, to prevent the isolation that can raise the risk of re-offending. To RSVP, contact Audrey deCoursey at (503) 988-8580 or email@example.com.
Strengthening Our Region through Interfaith Action: What can we do together that we cannot do by ourselves? 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Neveh Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland. This unique and exciting full-day gathering will offer an "open space" format, through which participants will have the opportunity to create the agenda together. We will explore diverse points of view and inspiring new directions for interfaith relations and action throughout the state. All are invited to share their presence, voice and ideas at the event. There will be a sliding scale free willing offering; vegetarian food and snacks provided. Register now. Sponsored by the Interreligious Action Network of Washington County, the Interfaith Council of Greater Portland, and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Download event poster.
One Place Many Tastes. 6 to 9 p.m. at Embassy Suites, 7900 NE 82nd Ave., Portland. Help Embassy Suites raise funds for EMO's Northeast Emergency Food Program. The event will include a live cook-off among chefs from five local hotels, food tasting stations from 10 countries, beer and wine tasting, a silent auction, live music, and Give!Guide donation stations. The cost is $20 per person; proceeds will go to NEFP to buy supplies for the food pantry. Register securely online now.
Save the Date: January 24 & 25, 2015
Earth Care Summit, "The True Cost of Climate Change." Saturday, 6 to 8 p.m., Reception and Climate Arts; Sunday, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Pre-event Seminar, and 5 to 8 p.m., Earth Care Summit; at the University of Portland, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., 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 and $175 for a table of seven students and one advisor.
Save the Date: February 11, 2015
2015 Interfaith Advocacy Day, "Raising Diverse Voices of Faith to Strengthen Oregon Communities." 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Portland, Muslim Educational Trust, Oregon Area Jewish Committee, and Oregon Center for Christian Voices.
Cosponsors' displays and materials will be exhibited in the Galleria throughout the day. If your congregation or organization is interested in being an event Endorser, please download an Endorser Form and return it no later than Nov. 21, 2014.
Save the Date: May 7, 2015
EMO Annual Community Awards & Celebration Dinner. At the Hilton Hotel in Portland.