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World AIDS Day

December 2
World AIDS Day Fundraiser Luncheon for EMO's HIV Services. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Concordia University, Second Floor Hagen Center, 2811 NE Holman St., Portland. As we close out 2015, please join EMO’s HIV Services for World AIDS Day. This is an opportunity for us to honor and celebrate those in our communities who live daily with HIV/AIDS, and those who support the work we do at EMO’s HIV Day Center and Daily Bread Express. Many of the HIV Day Center’s most compelling and meaningful moments happen over a shared meal, and we invite you to join us in a meal, sponsored by and held at our neighboring Concordia University. Partners and supporters both new and old will have the chance to hear where this past year has taken HIV Services and where we are headed in 2016. We welcome all to this opportunity to give vital financial support to a beloved community resource. There is no cost to attend; a free will offering will be taken. For information about attending the World AIDS Day event or hosting a table for your friends, family or congregation, contact Jesse Herbach, HIV Services program manager, at (503) 460-3822 or Download event postcard.

December  7
Pollinator Garden Class. 6 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Murdock Hall, 17405 NE Glisan St, Portland. Learn about the importance of pollinators and native pollinator plants, how to plant a pollinator garden and the many benefits of having a pollinator garden. Pollinators are important for the fertilization of most flowering plants, so this will be an exciting opportunity for you to learn how you can help pollinators and your garden! Erik Carr from the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District will lead the class through this exciting topic. For more information, call Tyler at (503) 221-1054, ext. 215, or email This class is free, but please RSVP by December 4 to the email listed above.

December 10
Restorative Justice Networking Night: Honor Totem screening.
5 to 7 p.m. at the Interchurch Center, Pamplin Room, 0245 SW Bancroft St, Portland. Please join us to meet others passionate about restorative justice, as we watch a powerful film about healing after police brutality. From the Seattle Channel, Honor Totem documents the creation of the John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole project in Seattle "as a catalyst for healing and justice. The community art project rose from the August 2010 fatal police shooting of Williams, a First Nations woodcarver. The slain man`s older brother Rick Williams chose a peaceful response through an ambitious endeavor to carve a 34-foot totem pole in honor of the Williams family`s artistic legacy and the memory of one of its most talented carvers. After the film, you are invited to share in a heart-felt conversation to reflect and consider how we can take action in our own communities for justice for indigenous communities and others impacted by violence. This free event will include beverages and refreshments. Please RSVP to or (503) 988-8580. Download event poster.

January 16
"Two-sided Story" Film Screening. 7 p.m. at Congregation Neveh Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Ln, Portland. In the film, Emmy award winning director Tor Ben Mayor follows a group of 27 Palestinians and Israelis who meet under the frame of a unique project led by Parents Circle Families Forum. The project's goal is to acknowledge the narrative of the other. Among them include Orthodox Jews and religious Muslims, settlers, ex-IDF soldiers, ex-security prisoners, citizens of the Gaza strip, kibbutz members, second generation holocaust survivors, non-violent activists, and more. Each and every one holds his own historical truth, and carries with him his own emotional baggage. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Eric Flamm at

2016 Earth Care Summit

January 30 & 31, 2016
The Seventh Annual Earth Care Summit: Renewing Creation from the Ground Up. Saturday, January 30, 8 to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, January 31, 2 to 7:30 p.m., at the University of Portland. The Summit will explore the interrelationships of soil, food, faith and responding to climate change. The Saturday Climate Arts Reception will feature Kim Stafford, writer/poet/musician, and Anna Fritz, cellist/folksinger and founder of the Portland Cello Project. The Sunday Summit will include a keynote by Dr. Randy Woodley, distinguished professor of Faith and Culture and director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at George Fox Evangelical Seminary and co-sustainer of Eloheh Farm, as well as a resource fair, breakout sessions, dinner and closing remarks from Mayor Charlie Hales. Breakout sessions will highlight soil, young people in the climate movement, personal and institutional diets, Catholic Farmers reflecting on Laudato Si, Evangelicals & Earthcare, and more, Cost: $13 Climate Arts advance registration; $15 suggested donation at the door. Summit registration $35 with dinner, or $15 no dinner. Students are FREE with student ID (dinner is not included). Register securely onlineor download a Registration Form. Dinner table sponsorships are available for $280 for an eight-person table. Sponsored by EMO's Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns, and its projects Oregon Interfaith Power & Light and Interfaith Food & Farms Partnership, and the University of Portland.

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