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Sing Along Messiah. 6:30 p.m. at Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 SE Steele St.,
Portland. Everyone is welcome to join us as we sing through Handel’s famous work. The Messiah. The composer’s seminal work celebrates the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. People of all singing abilities are welcome to join in. There will be many copies of the music on hand, but please feel free to bring your own copy. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (503) 234-5017.
Global Wave of Prayer to End Hunger. 12 p.m. On Dec. 10, Pope Francis is leading what is being called, "a global wave of prayer" starting at noon in Australia and sweeping across the globe until it reaches American Samoa
some 24 hours and more than 164 countries later. This will be the kick-off of a global campaign in the Catholic Church to fight hunger. On that date at noon, Archbishop Sample is asking Catholics in the Archdiocese of Portland to join Pope Francis in this worldwide prayer to end hunger.
Clackamas Town Center Vigil: Remembrance and Resolve. 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Clackamas Town Center Mall, open area of north side of mall near movie theatre,
12000 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley. Please join this candlelight vigil to memorialize the shooting victims at Clackamas Town Center under the theme of "Remembrance and Resolve." The program will include family members of the victims and members of the faith community. Programs and candles for the vigil will be provided. Out of respect for the event, we ask attendees not to bring signs or placards. RSVP for the event.
New Year\'s Labyrinth Peace Walk. 12 to 3 p.m. at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church,1535 NE 17th Avenue, Portland. The Grace Labyrinth Guild invites all to the New Year's Day Labyrinth Peace Walk. Dedicated to the memory of Bishop Bill Spofford and all other peacemakers of the world. Two Labyrinths, Classical and Chartres style, available for a walking meditation for personal and world peace. An orientation to the Labyrinth will be conducted by Veriditas-trained facilitator Ann Schneider at 12:15 p.m. A winter tree for placing peace prayers and a Labyrinth marketplace will be available. Walkers on the Chartres Labyrinth will be accompanied by music of the harp or flute. At 3 p.m. the closing ritual will include simple dances on the Labyrinth led by Jane Rickenbaugh. Donations are welcome to support the labyrinth music program - $10 suggested but any amount appreciated. For more information, contact: Ann Schneider at (503) 282-5268 or email@example.com.
St. Andrew Community Forums on Vatican II 2013-2014. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Oscar Romero Room at the Kiernan Center (Community Center) at St. Andrew Catholic Church, NE 9th and Alberta, Portland. Dr. Rene Sanchez is a visiting professor of theology at the University of Portland. Born in El Paso, Texas, Sanchez is the son of migrant workers and has himself worked in the fields of Texas, Arizona and California. Sanchez is especially interested in social ethics, and earned a B.A. in history and religious studies from Holy Names University and his masters' from University of Notre Dame. Most recently he has received his doctorate in theological ethics from Boston College. Dr. Sanchez will speak to how the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Lumen Gentium) reflects the Catholic Church's attempt to move into the modern world. The presentation will begin by showing some of the 'characteristics' of modernity; particularly the shifts in the intellectual, cultural and economic dimensions of society. We will see how the Church wishes to engage this new world in both a conciliatory mode but also maintaining a critical and distinct position.
Information Session: Graduate Studies at Marylhurst University. 9:30 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth Care Summit Pre-event Reception, “Taste of Earth Care: Wineries, Land Use and the Columbia Gorge." 4 to 5 p.m. at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland (next to First Christian Church). As a pre-event to the fifth Annual Earth Care Summit, Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns, in partnership with the Oregon Historical Society, will host a reception with brief presentations that inspire appreciation for the remarkable legacy of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area for present and future generations. We’ll enjoy socializing and networking, enhanced by wines from one of the Northwest’s best organic wineries, along with nonalcoholic drinks, select local cheeses and fruits. The pre-event reception is $10 and includes refreshments. Space is limited, so please register early (register securely online now). For more information, call (503) 221-1054, ext. 210, or email email@example.com. (See below for more details about the Earth Care Summit.)
The historical context for the development of the winery industry in the NW as it relates to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and Oregon’s land use laws will be highlighted by a Kevin Gorman of Friends of the Columbia Gorge. Vintner Robin Dobson will share his approach to “eco-dynamic agriculture” in his vineyards, and the natural winemaking techniques that make his wines unique. Robin beautifully combines his passion for nature and for wine in his endeavors with Klickitat Canyon & Columbia Gorge Winery. As an ecologist for the US Forest Service and as a grower/winemaker of Klickitat Canyon & Columbia Gorge Wines, Robin demonstrates his unwavering dedication to both conservation and sustainable agriculture. We’ll benefit from Robin’s passion and dedication as we try out his wine and celebrate the bounty of the Earth and the gifts of friendship and collaboration we enjoy in our own work of Earth care.
Earth Care Summit, "Breath of Life: Earth's Atmosphere." 5:30 to 9 p.m. (registration and display tables begin at 5 p.m.) at First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Ave., Portland. (There will also be a pre-event “Taste of Earth Care” reception, featuring an organic vintner; see above for details.) EMO's Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns and Oregon Interfaith Power & Light invite all congregations seeking to be more faithful in Earth care to our fifth annual event. Entitled “Breath of Life: Earth’s Atmosphere," the focus will be on clean air and a stable climate in the context of faith and spiritual practice. Speakers will include Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Bob Doppelt, coordinator of the Climate Ethics Campaign and executive director of Resource Innovation Group. Practical and local actions for congregations, individuals and communities will also be provided. Come network with others and be inspired! Cost for the Earth Care Summit (includes seasonal dinner): $25 per person; $15 for students; $200 for tables of eight (download registration brochure or register online). Consider becoming a cosponsor (download form); for more information, call (503) 221-1054, ext. 214, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Download bulletin insert and event poster.
Collins Lecture with Karen Armstrong. Armstrong is a British author and commentator known for her books on comparative religion. A former Roman Catholic religious sister, she first rose to prominence in 1993 with her book A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Her work focuses on commonalities of the major religions, such as the importance of compassion and the Golden Rule. Armstrong received the $100,000 TED Prize in February 2008. She used that occasion to call for the creation of a Charter for Compassion, which was unveiled the following year. Check back soon for more details!
St. Andrew Community Forums on Vatican II 2013-2014. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Oscar Romero Room at the Kiernan Center (Community Center) at St. Andrew Catholic Church, NE 9th and Alberta, Portland.Father James Coleman was pastor at St. Andrew for 10.5 years, served in South America for 16 years and is currently pastor at St. Luke's in Woodburn. He studied theology at the Catholic University of Innsbruck under Jesuit Father Karl Rahner, receiving a Master of Theology. Father Coleman will speak on the Decree on the Church's Missionary Activity (Ad Gentes Divinitus) and will focus on the factors involved in mission work, including the continued development of missionary acculturation and the way in which various people are to share their ways and culture. These forums will engage the parish in a review of the Vatican II documents. It will examine the implications of Vatican II's teaching for the Body of Christ as we attempt to proclaim and live the Gospel.
EMO Annual Community Awards & 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.
Ecumenical & Interreligious Leaders Network (EILN) 2014 Conference featuring keynote speaker Gustav Niebuhr. University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Wash.