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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.
September 25 through October 29
Portland Interfaith Prayer Assembly.
The Rev. E.D. Mondainé and Celebration Tabernacle Church invite all houses of worship to join in a Portland Interfaith Prayer Assembly. The five-week, six-service prayer vigil will kick off on Sept. 25, 2016. During the six week vigil, participating houses of worship are asked to reserve space during your weekly worship experience to recite with your community a prayer for the greater community and its leaders, including our civic and civil servants. We will conclude our united prayer time together on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Seventh Day Adventist Church, 5209 NE 22nd Ave, Portland. Each religious leader, civic or civil servant will be asked to dress in traditional vestments (robes or uniforms) and a prayer from each representative of that community will be given. EMO will be participating. Download the suggested prayer to recite with congregants each week.
Death Row from Both Sides. 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. general admission, at First Unitarian Church, 1211 SW Main St., Portland. Oregon Justice Resource Center and the Ending the New Jim Crow Social Justice Action Group of First Unitarian Church of Portland invite you to an evening taking you behind the scenes of the American justice system. Joining us for a community discussion about race, innocence and the death penalty featuring Anthony Graves and Frank Thompson. Tickets to the presentation cost $30. Tickets to the reception and presentation are $75. Learn more and reserve your tickets. For more information, contact Amie Wexler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 30 & October 1
The Animal Conference. Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at First Presbyterian Portland, SW 12th and SW Alder, Portland. Featuring internationally recognized experts in a variety of animal advocacies. Sponsored entirely by Oregon Dog PAC. For more information, contact: Ron Murray, email@example.com, or (971) 340-3940.
Tax Measure 97: A Faith Perspective. 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, 2710 NE 14th Ave., Portland. Oregon Center for Christian Voices invites you to a forum on Measure 97, which will be the most important and fought over ballot measure in Oregon this fall, and perhaps in several elections. Because of the size of this tax increase, there are
people with good intentions and concerns on both sides of the issue. What are the implications
for a Christian, and how should you determine your vote? Come to our forum and get the facts on Measure 97, and then let's discuss what the implications are for people of faith.
October 9 to 11
The Wright Lectures: "The Churches at the Four Corners," with Dr. Thomas Long. At Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, Ore. Dr. Thomas Long is the Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching and Director of the Early Career Pastoral Leadership Program at the Candler School of Theology. He is author of The Witness of Preaching, which was named one of the 25 most influential books on preaching in the past 25 years by Preaching magazine. Diversity has been with us from the beginning of the Christian movement. In four presentations, we will spend a few minutes in the pews of what we imagine the four worshiping communities of the Gospel writers may have been like: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, experiencing their different understandings of Jesus and of the Christian life. We will discover what these communities of faith were like, how different these churches were from each other, and the very particular ways they understand Jesus, the nature of the Christian life, and the mission of Christ’s people. Learn more about the Wright Lectures and register now.
Parliament of the World's Religions, "A Taste of the Parliament: Listening to Other Voices." 1 p.m. at Community Christ, 4837 NE Couch St., Portland. The Parliament is an interfaith gathering embracing all faiths. The event will include a welcome by local indigenous tribes, keynote by Executive Director of the Parliament Dr. Larry Greenfield, video and panel discussions, dinner and music concert. Early-bird registration until October 1 is $20, late registration is $30 until closing October 10. Learn more and register. For more information, contact Val Walker at (503) 238-9880 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ballot Measure Forums. 10 to 10:50 a.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, Fireside Room, 2710 NE 14th Ave, Portland; and 12 to 1:15 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson St, Portland. The Nov. 8 general election, like all elections, is important for people of faith and for all Oregonians. At these ballot measure forums, we will provide information, analysis, and answer questions on the seven measures on the state ballot. We hope our discussion of the ballot measures will provide valuable insights for Oregon’s voters, especially for people whose faith is their ultimate guide. Download EMO's 2016 Voters' Guide to the Oregon Ballot Measures. For more information, contact Britt Conroy, EMO director of Public Policy Advocacy, at email@example.com.
Ballot Measure Forum. 11:30 a.m. at Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ,
5150 SW Watson Ave., Beaverton. The Nov. 8 general election, like all elections, is important for people of faith and for all Oregonians. At these ballot measure forums, we will provide information, analysis, and answer questions on the seven measures on the state ballot. We hope our discussion of the ballot measures will provide valuable insights for Oregon’s voters, especially for people whose faith is their ultimate guide. Download EMO's 2016 Voters' Guide to the Oregon Ballot Measures. For more information, contact Britt Conroy, EMO director of Public Policy Advocacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 RSVP, call (503) 699-6268 or email email@example.com.
Rebuilding the Beloved Community. 4 to 7 p.m. at the Muslim Educational Trust, 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard. You are invited to an interfaith event to hear a brief but passionate call for people of faith to reclaim a place in the public square and then give voice to your own vision of the beloved community and how you'd like to see it at work in Oregon. Please join us for a potluck supper and sharing of our experience. This gathering is free and open to the public. Please bring a non-pork dish to share. EMO is cosponsoring the event.
Faith Leaders Conference at the Emergency Preparedness Leadership Forum. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr Blvd., Portland. With nationally recognized speakers Dr Jodie Chiricosta and Dr H Norman Wright, session topics will be focused on the necessity of being a part of the larger "Net that Works" with other faith leaders and faith networks in our city. You will discover the importance of why it is imperative as leaders to be prepared and how we can be prepared: physically, emotionally and spiritually before during and after an emergency event. As Faith Leaders we are called to be prepared and engaged in serving our neighbors and in being the tangible expression of compassion and love in our communities. At the Emergency Preparedness Leadership Forum, you will have an opportunity to see and hear from government, businesses and citizens, as we tackle key issues with Oregon's acute need for preparedness. For more information, contact Eric Cummings, Director of Faith Leadership Conference, at (281) 384-8090 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost: $99 per person for The Faith Leadership Conference & two additional breakout sessions (including key-note) on Tuesday & Trade-show / Exhibits both days ($149 after Sept. 30 & $199 at the door). Register now.
The 2016 Collins Lecture, "Redeeming the Soul of America: Race, Justice and Reconciliation," with the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III. 1 to 5:30 p.m. Seminar, and 7 to 9:30 p.m. Lecture, at Concordia University in northeast Portland. With civil rights advocacy in his DNA, The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Dr. Moss spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice and economic inequality. The registration fee to attend the full event (afternoon seminar and evening Collins Lecture with Dr. Moss) is $40, with a dinner option for an additional $12. Admission to the evening lecture only is $25. Students with ID are half price. Learn more about the event. Register securely online now. You may also download a registration brochure.
Save the Date: February 3, 2017
Interfaith Advocacy Day. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 790 Marion St. NE, Salem, and ending at the Oregon State Capitol. With the theme, “Raising Diverse Voices of Faith to Strengthen Oregon Communities,” Interfaith Advocacy Day 2017 will be a day of prayer, dialogue, and advocacy. Interfaith Advocacy Day brings together people from many faiths across Oregon to answer the call to be a voice for the voiceless, as they speak out for compassion, human dignity and an end to poverty. Activities include presentations from faith leaders on the religious roots of concern for people living in poverty, training in advocacy skills, issue briefings, and visits to legislators. Individuals and groups from congregations and community organizations are encouraged to participate. If your congregation or organization would like to endorse Interfaith Advocacy, please fill out an Endorser form. Check back soon for more details.