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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

CANCELED: November 1
Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy.

November 5
Create Stories that Stick.9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson St., Portland. Want to weave stories that will make your audience lean in? This entirely narrative-focused class, led by Matt Smith, is the perfect opportunity to learn to be a more powerful story teller. The cost is $60 per person and includes a light lunch. Please register by October 22 by calling (503) 228-3195 or by emailing Rev. Donna Pritchard at dpritchard@fumcpdx.org.

November 13
Showing and discussion of film "TRIGGER: the Ripple Effect of Gun Violence" produced by Presbyterian Church (USA). 6 to 8 p.m. at Lake Theater and Café, 106 N. State Street, Lake Oswego. Join us for a panel discussion on the public health aspects of gun violence and a special showing of the acclaimed documentary film, produced by the Presbyterian Church (USA). Presented by the League of Women Voters of Clackamas County. Admission: $8 (Beverages and food are available for purchase). Directions and parking suggestions can be found at www.laketheatercafe.com. For more information, contact Marge Easley (marge.easley@frontier.com) or Sonja Kollias (vskollias@aol.com).

One Place Many TastesNovember 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 www.wholisticpeaceinstitute.com.

November 20
Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration: Let the Waters Flow. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal, St. Helen's Hall, 231 NW Idaho St., Bend. Presented by the Interfaith Network of Central Oregon, the celebration will include stories, readings and presentations from diverse faith communities on how water touches and enriches our lives. A combined community choir will perform. Offering received to benefit the Shower Truck. You are invited to bring a pie to share at the Pie Fest; beverages will be provided.

November 21
Day of Homelessness Awareness, "In Their Steps." The day’s events begin at 7:30 a.m. with the "Walk of Homelessness Awareness," starting at Goose Hollow Family Shelter, located at First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson St., Portland. 7:30 a.m. coincides with the time when the families typically leave the shelter. After a tour of the family shelter, small groups of participants will walk the same route many of the families take each day, beginning their “urban pilgrimage” in the steps of homeless families. En route, groups will be asked to read and discuss real-life scenarios from the lives of homeless families--stories that detail their daily lives and their struggles to move forward. Groups will stop along the way at Clay Street Table, SW 13th and Clay, for a hot breakfast and coffee, and then continue on for a tour of the 13 Salmon Family Day Center at First Unitarian Church, 1034 SW 13th Ave., where many of the families spend time each day. Following the walk, participants are invited to a forum on "Creative Solutions to Homelessness," sponsored by the Portland Human Rights Commission. The forum will take place at First Unitarian Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Breakout sessions at the forum will focus on topics such as microhousing, social enterprise, and a proposed housing trust fund. The Day of Homelessness Awareness is organized by New City Initiative, whose mission is engaging faith communities in ending the cycle of homelessness. For more information, including a route map of the Walk of Awareness and a program for the housing forum, go to www.newcityinitiative.net/awareness.

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 www.menucha.org.

Speak Out SundayNovember 23
Speak Out Sunday.
We’re calling all congregations across faiths and denominations to dedicate Speak Out Sunday to dialogue, teaching, prayer and action around sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) and its prevention. Download flyer. Learn more at wewillspeakout.us/speak-out-sunday or contact Rhonda Case at rhondaleecase103@gmail.com or (503) 680-3125,

December 3
World AIDS Day Fundraiser Lunch for EMO's HIV Day Center. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Concordia University, Hagen Center (second floor), 2811 NE Holman St., Portland. You are invited to join us for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s HIV Day Center annual fundraising event. This year, we celebrate 25 years of service as the only HIV drop-in center serving greater Portland’s most vulnerable, low-income, HIV-positive individuals. Special recognition will be given to HIV Day Center volunteer Jacqueline Dvorak, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and Metropolitan Community Church. As our guest, there is no charge to attend the lunch (please note that this will be a lunch instead of breakfast, as in previous years); donations will be solicited. All contributions go towards sustaining the HIV Day Center. Please RSVP to EMO’s HIV Day Center by Nov. 26: email hivcenter@emoregon.org  or call (503) 460-3822. If you can’t attend the event, please consider making a secure online donation (specify HIV Services). Generously sponsored by Concordia University.

Before the lunch event, you are welcome to join us for a Community Prayer Vigil to honor those lost and those living with HIV/AIDS at 11:30 a.m. at Ainsworth United Church of Christ, 2941 NE Ainsworth, Portland (three blocks from Concordia University).

January 18 - 25
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The chosen theme for 2015 is "Jesus said to her, 'Give me a drink.'" John 4:7. Materials for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 —including daily scripture and prayer guide, ecumenical celebration of the word of God, prayer card, poster and worship bulletin cover—can be ordered from Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute at www.GEII.org/Order.

January 24
Information Session: Graduate Studies at Marylhurst University. 10 a.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.

January 24 & 25, 2015
Earth Care Summit, "The True Cost of Climate Change."
Saturday, 6 to 8 p.m., Reception and Climate Arts; Sunday, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Pre-event Seminar, and 5 to 8 p.m., Earth Care Summit; at the University of Portland, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland. We are currently looking for cosponsors including congregations, organizations and businesses (download a cosponsorship form). Dinner table sponsorships are $280 for an eight-person table and $175 for a table of seven students and one advisor.

IADFebruary 11, 2015
2015 Interfaith Advocacy Day, "Raising Diverse Voices of Faith to Strengthen Oregon Communities." 8:30 a.m. to 4 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 jelfers@emoregon.org or (503) 221-1054.

Cosponsors to date include Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, Office of Life, Justice and Peace; 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; Oregon Center for Christian Voices; and Pacific University Center for Peace & Spirituality. If your congregation or organization is interested in being an event Endorser, please download an Endorser Form and return it no later than Dec. 1, 2014.

Save the Date: 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. To learn more about the awards, or if you would like to nominate an individual, congregation or organization, please download an award nomination packet.

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