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September 4
Broken Silence: A Call for Churches to Speak Out about Domestic and Sexual Violence - A Community forum with keynote speaker Rick Santos of IMA World Health. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (registration/coffee begins at 9:30 a.m.) at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church,1535 NE 17th Ave., Portland. Millions of Americans report having experienced domestic and sexual violence. Despite the enormity of this problem, a new poll shows pastors often fail to address it appropriately and consider themselves ill-equipped to respond to incidents of violence within their communities. Come hear about these astounding findings from Richard Santos, president and CEO of IMA World Health, one of the organizations that commissioned the survey, as well as Rev. Warren Light (UMC, Wesley Center at University of Oregon and member of Oregon's Sexual Assault Task Force), Rev. Ron & Lori Clark (Agape Church of Christ), and other faith and community leaders working to end the global epidemic of violence against women and children. Community and faith leaders are invited to this free event. Please RSVP to Rhonda Case (S.A.I.V.) at (503) 680-3125 or EMO is a cosponsor of this event.

September 11
Portland Architecture & Urban Design: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. 5:30 p.m. wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, 6 to 7 p.m. program at Neil Kelly Design Center, 804 N. Alberta St., Portland. Join us for an evening with Portland architect and city planner George Crandall, FAIA, principal of Crandall Arambula, PC. A graphic presentation will include Portland successes and failures, and future challenges for our city. Tickets are $25 per person; register securely online. Limited to 50 guests. Proceeds benefit the ministries of EMO. For more information, call (503) 221-1054. Download event flyer.

September 15
Seed Saving 101. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Anawim Christian Community 19626 NE Glisan, Gresham. Saving seeds helps you save money, time, and connects you to the garden, history, culture and even more. This class will cover basic seed saving for personal and community resilience and will give instructions for saving seeds from the seven most important plant families for food crops. Our instructor, Diana Cason, is a seed saver enthusiast who has been a professional gardener for over 30 years. She helped establish Marion Polk Seed Share. Cost: $5 to 10 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. Free seeds provided. To register, call (503) 221-1054, ext 215, or e-mail by September 10. Space limited. $5 to 10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds. Sponsored by EMO's Interfaith Food & Farms Partnership and Rockwood Co-op. Download flyer.

RIM CelebrationSeptember 19
EMO's Refugee & Immigrant Ministry Celebration. 4 to 7 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 SE Woodstock, Portland. Come celebrate the decades of hard work and services provided by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's (EMO) Refugee & Immigrant Ministries: Russian Oregon Social Services,Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees, and SOAR Immigration Legal Services. Our programs successfully integrate immigrants and refugees from around the world into Oregon's communities. Please join us for an evening of socializing, recognition, multicultural foods and entertainment. Free event and no RSVP required to attend. For more information, call (503) 777-3437. Download event flyer.

October 17
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

October 18
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

October 28
Regional Interfaith Conference. All day at a Portland area location TBD. Check back soon for details.

Save the Date: February 11, 2015
Interfaith Advocacy Day in Salem. More details coming soon.

Save the Date: May 7, 2015
EMO Annual Community Awards & Celebration Dinner. At the Hilton Hotel in Portland.

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