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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

April 7,14, 21, 28 and May 5
Seed to Supper (a free five-week long gardening class). Monday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. at Anawim Christian Community, 19626 NE Glisan, Gresham. Seed to Supper (Spanish translation available) is being offered in the Rockwood neighborhood of Gresham to garden on a budget and improve nutrition. Every week participants will learn a new gardening skill, like low-cost ways for building healthy soil, choosing crops that fit your needs and tastes, and determining the perfect time to harvest veggies. The class is for adults and other independent learners only, but children’s activities will be offered. Class participants will receive a free gardening book, seeds and other gardening treats! Completion of the five-week course yields a certificate of recognition. For more information, call (503) 221-1054, ext. 215, or email The Seed to Supper class is a creation of the Oregon Food Bank and Oregon State University Extension Service. The community garden and other gardening and cooking classes are a collaboration of EMO’s Interfaith Food & Farms Partnership and the Rockwood Food Co-op

April 15
Muhammad: Messenger of Peace. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Portland Rizwan Mosque, 9925 SW 35th Drive, Portland. This seminar will shed light on the man who announced he was the prophet of God 1,400 years ago and then spent 23 years bringing peace to the warring tribes of Arabia and establishing the new religion of Islam, which today has 1.6 billion followers. Some have called him the most influential person in world history. Registration: No cost. Register online. For more information, contact or (503) 246-0813.

April 15-18
Holy Week Symposium: “The Relevancy of the Cross in the 21st Century." Each night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, 3138 N Vancouver Ave., Portland. Dinner will be served each evening from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Come and learn about the week that changed everything. The Union District Association Spring Board Meeting is sponsoring the event. Admission is free of charge. Activities for children will be provided each evening. Guest lecturer on Tuesday and Wednesday will be Rev. Dr. David Wheeler, pastor of First Baptist Church of Portland. Thursday will feature a panel discussion with Pastors Steve Bils, Robert C. Jointer, Victor D. Reynolds, A. Wayne Johnson, and J.W. Matt Hennessee. On Good Friday, there will be a play, "Seven Last Words –District Associate Ministers."

April 18-27
Earth Words 2014. EMO's Oregon Interfaith Power & Light is pleased to announce its fifth annual Earth Words contest. This is a wonderful opportunity for congregations of all faith to remember their deep faith connections to the Earth and inspire sustainable living. You are invited to nominate a sermon, homily or other written and spoken faith message on care for creation that you or someone else has shared in a faith setting.

Our theme this year is “Breath of Life”—clean air and climate in the context of faith echoing the 2014 Earth Care Summit. The faith messages will be judged on clarity and focus of the entire sermon, aesthetic appeal, theological foundation, call to action and creativity. Prizes for the top three sermons/faith messages include gift certificates for Powell’s Books and ShopIPL energy efficiency store.

To enter, please send an audio (preferred) and/or printed version of the sermon along with the sermon writer’s contact information by email to Alison Warren by May 30, 2014, to If you have any questions, call (503) 221-1054, ext. 210.

April 22
It’s All Connected–The Web of Life, Food Webs and Mining: An Earth Day and Faith Evening.  
6:30 to 8:15 p.m., followed by book-signing and reception from 8:15 to 8:45 p.m., at First Unitarian Church in Elliot Chapel, 1011 SW Twelfth Ave, Portland. Sponsored by EMO’s Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns (INEC) with First Unitarian Church’s Community for Earth. Suggested donation of $10 to $20. Connecting ecological and human flourishing in the context of faith is at the core of INEC’s mission and work. We celebrate our 21st anniversary with an evening to explore these connections. Activist, writer and film maker Bill Carter will take us on a tour of the global mining boom and explores the health and environmental implications in open-surface extraction of copper ore. From boardrooms of investors in London to the mountains of Indonesia, Carter connects the dots from his humble backyard garden to the CEOs of the multibillion-dollar global copper industry, confronting a resource that is so vital, yet which has the potential to cause horrendous and irrevocable damage to our planet and ourselves. Special guests will share how faith communities, tribes and fisherman helped defeat a copper mine (Pebble) proposed for one of the world’s richest salmon habitats—key to family fishers of Bristol Bay and the culture and spirituality of Alaska tribes. Download event poster.
Carter won the Arizona/New Mexico book award for Boom, Bust, Boom and is the award-winning director of the documentary film Miss Sarajevo, a film made in collaboration with U2 and shot from within the besieged city of Sarajevo. His articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, New York Times, The Washington Post and more. He is also the author of Red Summer: The Danger, Madness, and Exaltation of Salmon Fishing in a Remote Alaskan Village. Carter’s books will be available for sale at the event.

April 24
Dining Out for Life. Dining Out for Life is an annual international dining fundraising event, raising money for AIDS service organizations. Dine out at one of the participating restaurants and a substantial percentage of your bill will go directly to programs serving people with HIV/AIDS locally. The fundraiser is held in over 55 cities throughout the United States and Canada. In the Portland metro area, Dining Out for Life benefits EMO's HIV Services and OHSU's Partnership Project. Great Portland metro area restaurants will participate, including multiple McMenamins locations. Learn more at

April 26
Holy Rascal Revival with Rabbi Rami Shapiro. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Ave., Portland. Play, Spiritual Exploration and creating new spiritual memes. Sliding Scale: $36-$100. For more information, go to or email

April 27
Portland Metro CROP Hunger Walk 2014. Registration at 1 p.m. and walk begins at 1:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Ave., Portland. Join more than 145,000 hunger fighters making an impact in their CROP Hunger Walks around the United States this year! CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. The course is a 2.7 mile route through downtown Portland. Refreshments and restrooms will be available at First Christian Church. Seventy-five percent of the funds raised will support the international relief and development programs of CWS; 25 percent will be split equally between EMO's NE Emergency Food Program and the Oregon Food Bank. For more information, visit or contact or (206) 988-1622.

April 28
"How to Become a Better Leader" workshop. Leadership in Ministry has offered family systems training to clergy and church leaders since 1992. This workshop is coming to the Collins Center near Portland in 2014 for the second year. It provides in-depth training in Edwin Friedman's application of Bowen family systems theory to congregations. Attendees can: • find greater sense of direction and purpose • get clearer about what they are responsible for—and what they aren't • learn an effective approach to conflict • gain more energy and clarity for ministry. Learn more and register at or contact Margaret Marcuson at

May 8
10th Annual Mayors Interfaith Luncheon, "Climate Action: Ensuring Our Children's Future." 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bethel Congregational UCC, 5150 SW Watson Ave., Beaverton. Presented by the Inter-Religious Action Network of Washington County. Featuring a panel of city/county officials and high school/college students, and a group table discussions with Mayors. RSVP required; register by May 2. Tickets are $25 per person. Register online.

May 10
Practical Church Leadership Training, "Conflict, Crises & Creativity." 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

May 14
EMO Annual Community Awards & 40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. Reception & Silent Auction at 5 p.m. and Dinner & Awards at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel, 921 SW Sixth Ave., Portland. EMO will celebrate our 40th anniversary at the 2014 EMO Annual Community Awards & 40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. The annual celebration has become the premier ecumenical event in Oregon, bringing together the diverse communities of faith and community partners in celebration of ecumenism and the spirit of hope across Oregon. This year, the event will celebrate the growth of the ecumenical movement in Oregon since EMO’s founding in 1974, following the merger of the Oregon Council of Churches and Portland Council of Churches. This years honorees include: Rev. Lynne Smouse López, "Ecumenist of the Year"; Sho Dozono, “Vollum Ecumenical Humanitarian Award”; First Christian Church in Silverton, “Ecumenical Service Award”; and Dr. Nohad Toulan and Dirce Angelina Moroni Toulan, posthumous "Two Pauls Award." The cost of the event is $75 per person, or $750 for a table of ten. Make your reservations securely online, or download a response card. For more information, call the EMO office at (503) 221-1054.

The event’s “40th Anniversary Sponsor” is Providence Health & Services. Silver sponsors are Legacy Health System and Rodney Allen Reeves. Bronze sponsors include Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, Augustana Lutheran Church, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oregon, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, First United Methodist Church in Portland, Income Property Management, Neil Kelly Co., Oregon Food Bank, Rodney Page and Ron Means, and Wright Land Co. To learn more about sponsorship, download a Sponsorship Form or contact Carla Starrett-Bigg or Christopher Siems at (503) 221-1054.

May 15
Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. 8:30 to 10:30  a.m. at Congregation Kol Ami, 7800 NE 119th St, Vancouver, Wash.  Keynote Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt, pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Vancouver, and co-author of newly released book Sounding the Trumpet: How Churches Can Answer God’s Call to Justice. Interfaith panel: including Rabbi Elizabeth Dunsker, Dr. Khalid Khan, Wes Daniels and other faith leaders sharing perspectives on social justice.

May 17
MET Annual Fundraising Dinner & Cultural Night. 5 to 8 p.m. at Portland State University Gym, Peter Stott Center, 930 SW Hall St., Portland. Cost is $35 per person. Dinner is included and child care will be available for younger children. To reserve tickets, call the Muslim Educational Trust at (503) 579-6621.

June is "Torture Awareness Month"
The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) invites local congregations, campus ministries, and other religious organizations to mark June as Torture Awareness Month. In 1997, the United Nations decided to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the enactment of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by declaring June 26 the International Day of Support of Victims of Torture. Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is pleased to be a member of NRCAT and join people of faith across the country to end torture in U.S. policy, practice and culture. NRCAT will distribute a Torture Awareness Month Toolkit to people who pre-register now at It is free and you will receive it by email. The Toolkit will include bulletin inserts, factsheets, prayers, litanies, and a downloadable poster. 

June 20-28
2014 Iconographic Arts Institute. At Queen of Angels Monastery, Mt. Angel, Ore. The Institute provides an opportunity to enter into a prayer-filled environment and explore the discernment of a call to the vocation of iconography. Prayer, silence, simple meals and fellowship occur in a combination retreat/workshop within the cycle of the Divine Office. Instruction provided for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels Registration: $936 tuition; room and board separate fee. Tuition assistance is available. For more information, go to

July 12-13
Ecumenical & Interreligious Leaders Network (EILN) 2014 Conference featuring keynote speaker Gustav Niebuhr. University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Wash.

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

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