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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

October 1
NWJP's Third Annual Celebration of Worker Justice. 5:30 to 9 p.m. at The Eliot Center, 1226 SW Salmon St., Portland. Northwest Workers' Justice Project is gathering to celebrate with friends, community and supporters for a night of great local food and drinks, while helping to support Oregon's low-wage, immigrant and contingent workers. Tickets are $45 general, $25 students. Learn more and register now.

October 6
It's the Law. 5 p.m. at Willamette College of Law, 245 Winter St., Salem. Sponsored by the student chapter of National Lawyers Guild. Members of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty's (OADP) leadership will participate in a public discourse about the Oregon death penalty. Law students, as well as undergraduates will participate with faculty and citizens in an open forum on the death penalty laws and impact on the entire criminal justice system. For more information, call (503) 990-7060.

October 10
Teach In. 2 p.m. at Salem Library, 585 Liberty St. (in the Anderson Library, lower level), Salem. "Teach-In" with members of the Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty's (OADP) leadership staff, local members of the criminal justice system, and former members of the Oregon Department of Corrections. The general public is invited and encouraged to join the discussion. For more information call (503) 990-7060.

October 11
Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History.12:30 to 2 p.m. at Lake Oswego United Church of Christ, 1111 Country Club Rd, Lake Oswego. Author and educator Walidah Imarisha will lead participants through a timeline of Black history in Oregon discussing how history, politics, and culture have and will continue to shape our landscape not only for Black Oregonians but all Oregonians. Registration is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rev. Jennie Ott at, visit, or call (503) 635-4348.

October 11-13
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.

October 14
Second Home Celebration. 7:20 to 8:30 a.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 12405 SW Butner Rd., Beaverton. Please join us as EMO's Second Home celebrates five years of providing housing for unaccompanied students in the Beaverton School District. We are eager to tell the story of how the Beaverton community has stepped up to support our youth during a crucial time in their lives, so that they can graduate from high school and pursue their dreams and goals. All are welcome! There is no cost to attend; a free will offering will be taken. Please RSVP or for more information, contact Jenny Pratt at or (503) 221-1054.

October 17
Caring for the Mental Health of Gaza: Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei of The Gaza Community Mental Health Program. 6:15 to 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, SW 12th & Salmon (Buchan Wing-first floor), Portland. Reception and presentation by Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei, psychiatrist and Executive Director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program (GCMHP). This is also a fundraiser for GCMHP. Dr. Abu Jamie is a true humanitarian--wise and gentle. He knows first hand of the trauma of living in Gaza. He is also a tireless health practitioner--a hero to many in Gaza and in the international peace community. He will talk about health and mental health conditions in Gaza--living under siege and war. The event is free; we are hoping all who attend will make a tax deductible donation to the Gaza Community Mental Health Program (a US registered non-profit). Donations can be in the form of checks or credit cards. For more information, contact Maxine Fookson, RN, at (503) 381-7465.

October 17
Ainsworth in the City (Silent Auction, Dinner & Dance). 6 to 10 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Convention Hotel, 1441 NE Second Ave., Portland. An evening sharing a full course meal choosing from three delicious entrees- Herb-crusted Salmon, Chicken Piccata, or Wild Mushroom Ravioli.  We’ll dance to music by DJ Chuck Hinton, and enjoy silent and oral auctions. A mouth-watering Barbeque for 15, a Thai Dinner & Garden Party, Mexico Resort Stay are just a few of the great opportunities to bid on. Join Ainsworth United Church of Christ for this fun and festive evening and take home a treasure or  more from our wonderful choice of interesting and enticing auction items. Cost is $50 per person. Consider purchasing a table with colleagues and friends. Learn more and purchase tickets.

October 25
In Our Time: 50 Years of an Evolving Jewish-Catholic Relationship. 3 to 5 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, Main Sanctuary, 1972 NW Flanders, Portland. Join us for a commemoration, celebration and reflection on Nostra Aetate 50 years later. Reception to follow at St. Mary's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1716 NW Davis, Portland.

October 26-29
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 or call Rev. Scott Crane or Lauren Deming at (503) 695-2243.

October 31
Walk or Run to End Homelessness for Children. 8:30 a.m. sign in opens, 9:30 a.m. run/walk begins, 10:30 a.m. awards ceremony; at Mt. Tabor Park, Portland. On Oct. 31, we will be running and walking to end the cycle of homelessness for these children and their families. The event will feature a 5K run and a fun, family-friendly walk with educational opportunities for children.  Participants are encouraged to run or walk in costume. The Race to End Child Homelessness is organized by New City Initiative ( All funds raised will be used to prevent child homelessness and keep children stable in their houses. For more information or to register for the event, visit

On any given night in Multnomah County, 2,225 children experience homelessness either on the streets, in a shelter, doubled up with family or friends, at a transitional housing facility or in an apartment paid for by rent assistance. Because of being homeless, as well as other adverse childhood experiences, these children face greater barriers and obstacles in their education, employment and relationships.

October 31
Letting Go of Grudges and Resentments: A Workshop on Forgiveness. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont, Portland. Are you holding on to a grudge? Do you feel resentful towards someone who has hurt you? Do you want to help yourself or others find forgiveness or freedom from hurting? This session will explore ways to reduce hurt and helplessness, let go of anger, and find more peace. You'll learn practical tools and strategies to forgive, resolve past hurts, build confidence, and live fully. The session will be led by Judy Brodkey, MSW, former Executive Director of the Oregon Mediation Association. This workshop is appropriate for adults and older teenagers who want a better understanding of forgiveness and letting go of hurts and resentments. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Registration: $55 through October 22: $65 after October 22. More information at or call (503) 660-8652.

November 13
Maitripa College Annual Winter Benefit. 5:30 to 9 p.m. at The Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St, Portland. Please join Maitripa College as they launch into their 10th year offering transformative Buddhist education! A non-profit Buddhist graduate school, Maitripa College is on the cutting edge of integrative traditional and contemporary models of education, through MA and M.Div. graduate degrees, as well as a robust public program calendar. Please visit to learn more and register to celebrate at their annual Benefit! Registration: $52/$108. Details and Registration at For more information, contact Clay B. Daulton, Director of Development, at

2015 Collins LectureNovember 19
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 MillerGeorge "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. Register securely online now! Download event registration brochure or poster.


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.

2016 Earth Care Summit

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.

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