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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 20
Seed to Supper (five-week gardening course)
. Five consecutive Mondays in March, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Sanctuary Community Garden / Anawim Christian Community, 19626 NE Glisan St., Gresham. Seed to Supper teaches beginners how to garden vegetables with a limited budget in a course taught completely free of charge, making gardening easy and accessible. Participants who attend regularly receive a garden handbook and free plants, seeds and other garden items. Registration is required by contacting Anna Burnham at aburnham@emoregon.org or (503) 221-1054, ext. 215.

March 3
Interfaith Climate Advocacy Day
. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 600 State Street, Salem. Explore climate change as a moral issue, and learn about current climate legislation and how to effectively offer your views to legislators. Cost (including lunch): $20 general and $10 students. Online registration is closed, but you may register at the door on the day of the event. For more information about the event (including the agenda), download a brochure.Sponsored by EMO’s Oregon Interfaith Power & Light and other faith groups to be announced.

Sustainers BreakfastMarch 4
Northeast Emergency Food Program Sustainers' Breakfast. 7:20 to 8:30 a.m. at Mosaic Church, 1832 NE Cesar Chavez Blvd., Portland. Please join for this annual event. As our guest, there is no charge for the breakfast; donations will be solicited. All contributions go towards sustaining the Northeast Emergency Food Program. Keynote Speaker: Christina Jenkins, Black United Fund. If you can't attend the breakfast, please consider making a If you can't attend the breakfast, please consider making a secure online donation. RSVP now, or email csiems@emoregon.org or call (503) 221-1054 no later than February 25.

March 5 & 6
CoSA Circle Volunteer Training (parts 1 & 2). 9 to 5 p.m. at the Interchurch Center, Hughes Conference Room, SW Bancroft and Kelly, Portland (directions). Join us for our next training cycle for Circle Volunteers (read more about CoSA). With international CoSA expert Andrew McWhinnie leading Part One, and local professionals leading Part Two, we will learn about CoSA's restorative approach to support sex offenders coming out of prison. CoSA's greatest strength is our volunteers. Please consider joining them and sharing your gifts with a Circle! Please contact CoSA Coordinator Audrey at (503) 988-8580 or cosa@emoregon.org to RSVP for this free training series. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

March 7
Conflict Resolution Workshop for Youth. 1 p.m. at P'nai Or/ St. Mark Presbyterian, 9750 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland. $10 per teen, sliding scale, youth groups welcome. RSVP to Batya Podos at batsongs@gmail.com or (503) 848-9219.

March 7
Intercultural and Interfaith Concert with Gabriel Meyer Halevy, "The Human Project." 7:30 p.m. at Neveh Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland. Requested donation: $18-36. Tickets and reservations: (971) 275-0595.

March 9
Human Rights and Religion Seminar. 7 to 9 p.m. at George Fox University, Student Union Center, Cap & Gown Room 414, North Meridian St., Newberg. What does Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the Baha'i Faith teach us about human rights? Join us for a panel discussion on the role of human rights within diverse faith traditions. Free admission; RSVP now. For more information, contact Angela Zwingli at CircleOfPeaceOnline@gmail.com.

March 24
Village Support Network Orientation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at New City Initiative Training Center, 1435 NE 81st Ave., Portland. In the Village Support Network, teams from local congregations assist a family over a six-month period during their transition from shelter to housing. Teams support families in following through on their sustainability plans, provide a small family assistance fund to invest in their success, and help connect them with local resources and integrate into their new community. Come and learn more about what it entails to be part of a Village Support Network team and why this work is so important. Registration: Free. Register online at www.newcityinitiative.net/bethevillage, call (503) 488-9455.

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 admissions@marylhurst.edu.

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, www.lutheranstaffnw.org Contact: cynthia@reynoldsclan.com.

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 our 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 www.diningoutforlife.com/portland. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DiningOutForLifePortland.

May 7, 2015
EMO Annual Community Awards & Celebration Dinner. At the Hilton Hotel in Portland. Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon annually recognizes individuals and groups in the community who have demonstrated a commitment to ecumenical service in Oregon. Award presentations will be made at the event.

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: iconinstitute@msn.com

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