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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

May 28
Village Support Network Orientation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 1435 NE 81st Ave., Suite 500, Portland. This is an opportunity to get to know more about New City Initiative's Village Support Network Program, which pairs teams of 4-6 members of local congregations with homeless families as they transition from shelter into housing. The orientation is the first step for congregations interested in forming a Village team and a venue for learning more about poverty and homelessness in our area. No ongoing commitment is required to attend. Please register online.

June 1
Documentaries and Discussion. 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 19200 Willamette Drive, West Linn. A film about Phyllis and Orlando, whose only son dies in the Twin Towers in 9/11, and Aicha, mother of the "20th terrorist." Phyllis and Orlando immediately choose to work for forgiveness, understanding, compassion and healing as opposed to any desire for revenge and more violence. In the process, they meet Aicha, who knew nothing about her son's involvement until she heard the TV. Crushed and in grief she asks to make apologies in her son's name to those who have lost loved ones. Phyllis and Aicha meet at that meeting of survivors and victims' families and bond, creating a deep and powerful friendship. Orlando, a professor in criminology testifies and asks for mercy for Zacharias, the terrorist. It is an extraordinary story of how things can be different. Phyllis will be present to participate in a Q and A. There is no cost to attend; this is part of a series of documentaries and discussion offered as a gift to our communities. Just come! For more information, call Emmanuel Presbyterian Church at (503) 636-7000.

June 12
Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty Annual Meeting and Banquet. 5 p.m. reception with speakers, dinner at 6 p.m., program at 6:45 p.m. at Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Rd., Keizer. Mike Farrell, author and actor who played Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt in the TV Series M.A.S.H., will be the keynote speaker. Mike is President of Death Penalty Focus, California\'s "grassroots organizing" group. Washington's coalition outreach chair will also speak as we discuss a "West Coast Sweep" of the death penalty. Tickets $40, tables of eight can be reserved. Call (503) 990-7060 to order tickets or to go for on-line ticket purchases.

June 19
Keys: Short Documentary Explores Challenges Homeless Families Face after Moving into Housing. 6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Ave., Portland. For families that have experienced homelessness, the day they "get the keys" and move into housing is one of the best days of their lives. It also begins a period of intense challenge and stress. Their apartment is empty, with no furniture, chairs, or beds, and they may have no way to move their belongings out of storage into their new home. In just a few months time, they must find employment, enroll children in school, open bank accounts and start paying bills, find resources in unfamiliar neighborhoods, and figure out how to sustain themselves in housing for the long term, often with little help or support. Keys is a short documentary film about the challenges homeless families face after they transition into housing. The documentary picks up where most similar stories leave off: the day a homeless family moves into housing. In the families' own words, the documentary explores a provocative question: what are the keys to lasting success for these families? Keys is co-produced by New City Initiative and Portland Community Media, with support from the Regional Arts and Culture Council. For more information, visit Registration: $10, includes wine and heavy hors d\'oeuvres.

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:

June 24
Katharine Hayhoe: Climate Change- Fact & Faith. 7 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland. Renowned climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe concludes the World Affairs Council of Oregon's 2015 International Speaker Series. Hayhoe was recently cited as one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People" and as one of Foreign Policy's "Leading Global Thinkers" in 2014. Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University and co-author of A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, and a scientific advisor to Citizen's Climate Lobby and the Evangelical Environmental Network. Register at; single tickets on sale May 8. For more information, contact

June 29
Race, Faith, and Justice in the age of Ferguson and Baltimore. 7 p.m. at Warner Pacific College, McGuire Auditorium, 2219 SE 68th Ave, Portland. Featuring a keynote address from Rev. Sekou, activist and faith instigator from Ferguson, and a panel discussion with Dr. Daymond Glenn of Warner Pacific, JoAnn Hardesty of the NAACP, Rev. Sekou (Fellowship of Reconciliation), and Eric Knox of Imago Dei Community. Join us in an evening of challenging thought on how people of faith and communities can learn about and from events and leaders in Ferguson and Baltimore. How have we failed and how can we succeed? How does faith play a role in the struggle? How do communities support the call and remind us that Black lives matter? Free event. For more information, contact:

July 10
CoSA Community Information Session. 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the Interchurch Center, SW Bancroft and Kelly, Portland (directions). Join us for a free information session about Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA), open to the community. Learn about ways you can support our program as a volunteer or professional in the community. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP if you plan to join us to

September 24-25
The Unending Conversation: Progressive Christian Apologetics in the Twenty-First Century. 7 p.m. on Thursday through 3 p.m. on Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland. In honor of Canon Theologian Marcus J. Borg, leading scholars John Dominic Crossan, Diana Butler Bass, Jacquie Lewis and Katharine Jefferts Schori address the challenge of progressive apologetics in the contemporary church. Registration: $150 if registered before July 1. For more information, contact:

Save the Date: November 19-20
2015 Collins Lecture, "A Lasting Legacy: The Impact of the Doctrine of Discovery on tribes, church & state" at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland. Guest lecturers will include Robert MillerGeorge "Tink" Tinker, and Kim Recalma-Clutesi.    

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