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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

April 16
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

April 19 - 22
Conference of Associated Lay Ministers (CALM). At Camp Lutherhaven, Coeur d\'Alene, Idaho. Annual ecumenical gathering of lay office staff. Registration: $250, Contact:

April 26
Oliver Lecture by Tom Balmer, "A Judge Looks at Poverty And Social Dysfunction: What Happens When We Fail to Promote the "General Welfare." 3 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC), 1126 SW Park Avenue, Portland. Tom Balmer is the chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court and a long time UCC church member. Tickets are $10 and $25. For more information, visit or call (503) 228-7219.

April 30
Dining Out for Life. Dining Out for Life is an annual nation-wide event held on the last Thursday in April. Dine Out at participating restaurants on April 30, 2015, and a portion of your bill will be donated to EMO's HIV Day Center and OHSU's Partnership Project to support individuals living with HIV/AIDS throughout the Portland metro area. A list of participating restaurants is at Find us on Facebook at

May 7, 2015
EMO Annual Community Awards & Celebration Dinner. Reception & Silent Auction begins at 5 p.m., Dinner & Awards Presentation begins 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel, Pavilion, 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland. As the premier ecumenical event of the year in Oregon, EMO will bring together over 400 members of our diverse communities of faith and community partners, as we will celebrate the ecumenical movement in Oregon and honor those who are guided by their faith to serve Oregonians in need. This year's awardees include "Ecumenist of the Year" The Rev. Dr. T. Allen Bethel, Senior Pastor, Maranatha Church; "Vollum Ecumenical Humanitarian Award" Ron Wyden, United States Senator; and "Ecumenical Service Awards" to New City Initiative and Jerico Road. The cost per person is $100; a table that seats 10 is $1,000. Make your reservation securely online now. If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor, please download a Sponsorship Form.

May 8
Reimagining the Dream: A Symposium on Diversity, Inclusion, and Economic Stability. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Chiles Center, University of Portland. Presented by Volunteers of America Oregon. Join business leaders, educators, members of the faith community and non-profit organizations in an exploration of ways to increase diversity and equity to promote a community with opportunity for all. Stedman Graham, author, educator and entrepreneur, will give the keynote address, followed by a moderated panel discussion with local corporate and community leaders on how to achieve workforce diversity. General admission is $50 per person. Purchase tickets online.

May 9
Active Hope Retreat.9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Ave., downtown Portland. With our planet and economies in crisis, our political process in chaos and our cultural story in transition, many of us at times feel hopeless, cynical or despairing. Active Hope is an empowering, creative stance for meeting these challenges. This workshop—based largely on the work of eco-philosopher Joanna Macy—explores new ways in which we can face these issues, find inspiration and embody our gifts for the healing of our world. Through the use of deep dialogue, group ritual, music and our own wild imaginings, we will explore together the ground of gratitude, honor our pain for the world, and grow our deepened sense of interconnectedness and empowerment, as we face together the peril and beauty of our changing world. Registration is $40, including a vegetarian lunch and $30 if you bring your own lunch. Register securely online now. Download Flyer. Sponsored by EMO’s Oregon Interfaith Power & Light.

June 19-27
Iconographic Arts Institute. At Shalom Prayer Center, Mt. Angel, Oregon.The Institute provides an opportunity to enter into a prayer-filled environment and explore the discernment of a call to the vocation of iconography. At beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, all students study orthodox iconography. Participants deepen their faith via the spiritual, theological, and artistic elements of iconography. Prayer, silence, simple meals and fellowship occur in a combination retreat/workshop within the cycle of the Divine Office and daily Mass. Registration: $936 tuition and studio fee. Room and Board are a separate cost. Contact:

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