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"Oliver!" performed by ACMA Theatre Company. 2 p.m. Tickets are $8/students,$15/adults Buy tickets at the door or purchase online. Nineteenth century London comes alive on the ACMA stage as they perform Lionel Bart's Oliver! Based on Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens, Oliver! won three Tony awards when it opened in 1963, including Best Musical Score. With a cast of over 60 students, including members of ACMA's Dance Ensemble and Advanced Choir, this will be ACMA Theatre Company's biggest production ever. The evening performance on March 8 will benefit EMO's Second Home, a program that finds host families for homeless students in the Beaverton School District.
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.
People of Faith against the Death Penalty Ecumenical Dinner. 6 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 790 Marion St. NE, Salem. Sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO), pastors, ministers, denominational leaders and church administers will be featured speakers at the banquet. Rev. Karen Wood, chaplain at Willamette University, will be the mistress of ceremonies. In addition to the statements by the faith leaders, OADP will be laying out their plans for moving toward repeal of the death penalty in Oregon. Tickets for this event are just $20 and reservations for tables of eight are available. For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, contact Ron Steiner, at (503) 990-7060 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can be purchased directly online.
March 13 to 16
National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend. Places of worship across the nation are joining the Washington National Cathedral and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, a coalition of 50 national denominations and faith-based organizations, to remember those who have lost their lives to gunfire, pray for those whose lives have been forever changed because of the loss of a loved one, and to continue the discussion on how communities of faith can work together to help reduce gun violence. The weekend will include events from coast to coast, including a centerpiece kickoff event at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on the evening of Thursday, March 13. Learn more, including participating congregations and a list of resources, at marchsabbath.org.
March 17 - 19
Safe Church Training presented by Linda Crockett of Samaritan Counseling, Lancaster, PA. At First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park, Portland. Three-day intensive and best practices training about prevention of child abuse. Learn how to make protection of children a part of your church's missional outreach. Cost: $150 for a church team of two. Lay leaders, youth ministers, clergy or others who work with children and youth are welcome. Enrollment deadline extended to March 3. Interested in being part of this ecumenical cohort of leaders? Contact Kristi Kernal of OAASIS (503) 274-1179 or email email@example.com.
Lenten Retreat with the Bill Rich: "The Temptation of Discipleship Without Suffering." 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kempton Hall, Trinity Cathedral, Portland.
The Rev. Dr. Bill Rich leads this Lenten quiet day. The retreat will focus on the disciple Peter and his relationship with the Cross. Cost of $25 covers breakfast and lunch. To register for the Lenten Retreat with Bill Rich, go to www.trinity-episcopal.org.
Practical Church Leadership Training, "Basics, Best Practices & Bonehead Moves." 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.
James Alison: What It Means To Be Human.7 p.m. at Kempton Hall, Trinity Cathedral, Portland.
Catholic theologian and priest James Alison joins us for a special Wednesday at the Commons evening, exploring how we can become more aware of the dimensions of being human, and what the life and death of Jesus Christ means for human beings.
Alson’s books explore in accessible and vivid language the application of René Girard’s anthropological theories for Christian theology.
This event is free and open to the public.
Seeds of Justice and Hope for Palestinians and Israelis: What is Required of Us? All day, both days (dinner on Friday evening), at First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson Street, Portland. A conference that includes Jewish, Muslim and Christian speakers who will be speaking about moving towards a hopeful, peaceful, and just future for all in Israel and Palestine. Registration: go to www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/564299 Contact: www.FOSNA.org or email: Sabeel-PDX@gmail.com.
I Am Troy Davis: Two Years Later. 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Fireside Room, 1838 SW Jefferson St, Portland. Jen Marlowe, co-author of I Am Troy Davis, and Troy's sister, Kim Davis, speak about the impact Troy's struggle has had on those still fighting for justice and an end to the death penalty. Free event but limited space; please RSVP to 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 place your reservation, call (503) 699-6268 or e-mail email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, call (503) 221-1054, ext. 210.
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 www.diningoutforlife.com/portland.
Portland Metro CROP Hunger Walk 2014. 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. Starting location and time to be determined. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to EMO's NE Emergency Food Program. For more information, visit www.crophungerwalk.org/portlandor or contact email@example.com or (206) 988-1622.
"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 www.leadershipinministry.org/ or contact Margaret Marcuson at Margaret@margaretmarcuson.com.
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 www.menucha.org.
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.
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.