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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.
Labyrinth Walk for Peace. 5 to 8 p.m. at Flavia Hall, Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Hwy, Marylhurst. Participate in a labyrinth walk commemorating the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombings and dedicated to peace in our world. In the quiet of Marylhurst's Flavia Salon, walk our canvas labyrinth. Walk any time between 5 - 8 p.m. Minute of Silence at 7 p.m. for victims and a Prayer for Peace. Free and open to public. Free parking nearby. Sponsored by Labyrinth Group at Marylhurst. For more information, contact Carole Strawn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Information Session and Restorative Justice Networking Night. 5 p.m. Mingle and Snacks, and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. CoSA Presentation at the Interchurch Center, 0245 SW Bancroft St, Portland (directions). 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 an offender (the Core Member) 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 people returning to our communities from prison, how CoSA effectively helps prevent violence, and how you can get involved. One person at a time, we are helping prevent violence. Coffee, tea, and refreshments will be served. RSVP: phone (503) 988-8580 or email email@example.com.
Shelter in the City: An International Day of Prayer for Peace. At Community of Christ Church, 4837 NE Couch St., Portland. A day for the city of Portland to dialogue with neighbors about the implications of the houseless population, what has already been done, and what could happen in the future. The event is free and dinner will be included, along with small group talks, speakers, worship sessions and simulation activities. The service will end with an honorary award to a Portland-based organization that has been living into the mission of peace and prayerful service to aid houselessness in the city.
Village Support Network Orientation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 1435 NE 81st Ave, Suite 500, Portland. Our Village Support Network Orientation is for congregations interested in forming a Village Support Network team. Teams support families for the first six months of their transition from homelessness to housing. By focusing on goal-setting and relationship, we provide the assistance that families need--so much so that in 2013, 93% of families who participated in the Village Support Network were still in housing one year later. Registration is free. Find out more at www.newcityinitiative.net/bethevillage, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Unending Conversation: Progressive Christian Apologetics in the Twenty-First Century. 7 p.m. on Thursday through 3 p.m. on Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland. In honor of Canon Theologian Marcus J. Borg, leading scholars John Dominic Crossan, Diana Butler Bass, Jacquie Lewis and Katharine Jefferts Schori address the challenge of progressive apologetics in the contemporary church. Learn more and register now.
Wright Lectures with Dr. Brian Blount: The Cultural Shape of Faith. At Menucha Retreat & Conference Center, Corbett, Ore. Menucha welcomes Dr. Brian Blount, president of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va. This series of conversations will look at the role our social location and social identity play in shaping our understanding of New Testament texts. Because our context and our identity shape how we understand the texts, we can also say that our context and identity shape, to a very large degree, our understanding of faith. We will look at the role context and identity play broadly, and then by looking at how distinct communities as diverse as African American slaves, Nicaraguan peasants, physically challenged, fundamentalists, and gays and lesbians find meaning through their socially located lenses. Registration fee is $75; meals and lodging extra. Learn more and register now.
Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (FCRF). At Menucha Retreat & Conference Center, Corbett, Ore. The ECRF is taught by instructors from the renowned Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. It is a four-day intensive course with a practical application component afterwards. Early registration discount: First 12 to sign up save $150 on tuition! Space is strictly limited to 25 participants.
For more information, visit menucha.org or call Rev. Scott Crane or Lauren Deming at (503) 695-2243.
2015 Collins Lecture, "The Gospel of Conquest: Native Americans, Christianity and the Doctrine of Discovery" at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave., Portland. Guest lecturers will include Robert Miller, George "Tink" Tinker, and Kim Recalma-Clutesi, who will discuss the 15th-century basis for European Christian claims to the Americas, and examine its continued influence on relations among church, tribe and state. The sacredness of our connection to the ancestral owners of the land will be evoked by ritual, music, drumming, prayer, story and a shared meal, inspiring us toward reconciliation and renewal. Learn more about the 2015 Collins Lecture.
Save the Date: January 31, 2016
The Seventh Annual Earth Care Summit: Renewing Creation from the Ground Up. At University of Portland. Download a Registration Form. Download a Cosponsorship Form. Check back soon for more information.