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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

August 21 to 24
“Sage-ing” International Conference: Gifting the world as we age. This year’s conference will be held at Seattle University for the weekend and is co-sponsored by Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry and the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. The purpose of the conference is to help those who are seeking more understanding about their own aging process and how to find more fulfillment and a renewed sense of purpose in the second half of life. This biannual gathering attracts people who are interested in the topic of aging in a holistic manner—mind, body, and spirit—and spreading the good news that the aging process is also full of new opportunities, no matter how old we are. Conscious aging luminaries Bob Atchley, The Three Interfaith Amigos, Wendy Lustbader, Christina Baldwin, Connie Goldman, Rick Moody, Bahira Sugarman, and Lynne Isler will be featured speakers along with a rich array of sessions from over 40 presenters. The conference is open to all who wish to attend. It is possible to register for the entire conference or a single day.This is bound to be an enlightening conference, see you in Seattle! Go to www.sage-ing.org to learn more about the conference, to register early and reserve on-campus accommodations.

September 11
Portland Architecture & Urban Design: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. 5:30 p.m. wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, 6 to 7 p.m. program at Neil Kelly Design Center, 804 N. Alberta St., Portland. Join us for an evening with Portland architect and city planner George Crandall, FAIA, principal of Crandall Arambula, PC. A graphic presentation will include Portland successes and failures, and future challenges for our city. Tickets are $25 per person; register securely online. Limited to 50 guests. Proceeds benefit the ministries of EMO. For more information, call (503) 221-1054. Download event flyer.

RIM CelebrationSeptember 19
EMO's Refugee & Immigrant Ministry Celebration. 4 to 7 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 SE Woodstock, Portland. Come celebrate the decades of hard work and services provided by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's (EMO) Refugee & Immigrant Ministries: Russian Oregon Social Services,Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees, and SOAR Immigration Legal Services. Our programs successfully integrate immigrants and refugees from around the world into Oregon's communities. Please join us for an evening of socializing, recognition, multicultural foods and entertainment. Free event and no RSVP required to attend. For more information, call (503) 777-3437. Download event flyer.

September 26
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 cosa@emoregon.org.

September 27
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 cosa@emoregon.org.

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 http://menucha.org/programs/wls or contact Scott Crane, Program Director, at scott@menucha.org, (503) 695-2243.

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 www.npnm.org.

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 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 admissions@marylhurst.edu.

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.

Save the Date: February 11, 2015
Interfaith Advocacy Day in Salem. More details coming soon.

Save the Date: May 7, 2015
EMO Annual Community Awards & Celebration Dinner. At the Hilton Hotel in Portland

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