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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

September 22
Interfaith Pollinator Sanctuary Kick-off Workshop
. 6 to 8 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Church, Clare Hall, 25 N. Rosa Parks Way, Portland. A workshop to learn about the importance of pollinators to our ecosystem, tour a working pollinator garden, and learn how your congregation can get involved. The workshop will feature a Xerces Society speaker, a tour of Holy Redeemer's pollinator gardens, and a session on how to apply for the mini-grants as a congregation, thanks to a grant from the Gilhousen Foundation. Applications for the first round are due October 6. Download a grant application. Congregation sending a representative to this workshop, received stronger consideration for a mini-grant. Learn how establishing a pollinator garden can be an asset to both the earth and your community! Sponsored by EMO's Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns. To register, call Anna at (503) 221-1054, ext. 215, or email

October 12
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.

October 18
Ainsworth in the City Gala. 6 to 10 p.m. at the German-American Club, 5626 NE Alameda St., Portland. The annual event will include dinner, dancing and an auction. The celebration, a friend and fund raising event, makes important ministries of advocacy, service, and care possible. Proceeds from this event support Ainsworth UCC mini-grants to community non-profits and justice work locally and globally through the United Church of Christ, Jubilee, Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice, Jobs With Justice and other organizations. It also funds part of their building costs, providing a safe space for many community groups to gather. The cost to attend the event is $50 per person. Consider sharing a table with colleagues and friends. Order your tickets by purchasing online at, after worship on Sundays, or calling the Ainsworth UCC office at (503) 284-8767.

October 12 to 14
2014 Wright Lectures, "Practical Approaches to Emerging Ministries: Creating, Growing and Sustaining New Possibilities." At Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, Ore. The event should appeal to pastors and lay persons who are interested in the emerging church, a growing edge of Christianity that appeals to those who would walk past the doors of traditional congregations. The three featured speakers are leaders in the emerging church movement. Vera White heads the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s 1001 New Worshiping Communities initiative; and Rev. Jeff Eddings and Rev. Jim Walker are co-pastors for Hot Metal Bridge, a rapidly-growing faith community in Pittsburgh, PA, supported by the PC (USA) and the United Methodist Church. For more information or to register, please go to or contact Scott Crane, Program Director, at, (503) 695-2243.

GMO ForumOctober 15
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 Download event poster.

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 18
Celebration of Health: Rebounding to Wholeness. At Red Lion on the River, Jantzen Beach, Portland. This fundraiser dinner for Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries will feature storyteller, author and humorist Terry Hershey. General admission $60; NPNM members $25. Learn more at

October 18
Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Life-long Activist. 7:30 p.m. at Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark, Portland. David Hartsough, a Quaker from San Francisco, will be speaking about his newly published memoir, Waging Peace. Dave's stories demonstrate the power and effectiveness of organized nonviolent action. Dave has marched with mothers confronting violence, stood beside refugees threatened with dead squads, blocked trains loaded with munitions, and crossed borders to meet with those called "the enemy."  For more information go to

October 21
2014 Food Security Summit, "Hungry for Change: New thinking and emerging themes in our work to end hunger." 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Oregon State University, 725 SW 26th St., Corvallis, Ore.. The event aims to change the conversation around hunger by shaking up assumptions, and to re-energize Oregonians involved in anti-hunger work. The morning sessions' themes revolve around farm worker/grower perspectives, hunger as a health issue, and the social justice implications of hunger. Registration Rates: Early Registration - $75, Early Student Registration - $20, Late Registration - $100, Late Student Registration - $30. Please note that early registration will be available until 11:59 p.m. on October 13. Learn more and register now.

October 22
Lecture by Professor Jon Butler, "Modern America's Mysterious Religious Anomalies." 7 to 9 p.m., at Portland State University, Lincoln Hall Auditorium, Room 75, 1620 SW Park Ave., Portland. Butler will explain how seemingly contradictory trends go to the heart of one of the nation's most misunderstood features—the 20th century rise, not fall, of organized religion in America—and the challenge that 21st century cultural changes pose to American religious groups that have otherwise seemed so close to achieving new religious sway in the United States. Butler is the Howard R. Lamar professor emeritus of American Studies, History and Religious Studies at Yale University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

October 23
Information Session: Graduate Studies at Marylhurst University. 6:30 p.m. at the Marylhurst campus, 17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43), between Lake Oswego and West Linn. Earn your Master of Divinity or Master of Applied Pastoral Theology from Marylhurst University. A great opportunity to meet the department chair in an informal setting and learn if Marylhurst University is right for you. For more information or to place your reservation, call (503) 699-6268 or e-mail

October 28
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.

November 20
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.

November 20
Educating for Peace Dinner and Cultural Art Gala.  6 to 9 p.m. at Multnomah Athletic Club Ballroom, 1849 SW Salmon St.,, Portland. Celebrating 14 years of the Wholistic Peace Institute work with Nobel Peace Laureates and honoring its co-founders Rabbi Joshua Stampfer and Gary Alan Spanovich. There will be a Silent Auction from 6 to 7 p.m. featuring Peaceful Travel, Performing and Visual Arts Items. Tickets are $125. To purchase tickets or for more information visit

November 22
Practical Church Leadership Training, "Renewal, Rebuilding & Retooling for the Future." 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, 38711 E Historic Columbia River Hwy., Corbett. Led by Scott Lumsden, Executive Presbyter, Seattle Presbytery. Cost is just $30, which includes lunch and all materials. Designed especially for smaller churches but helpful for anyone with interest. Learn more or register at

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 and senators. 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 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

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