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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

December 3
World AIDS Day Fundraiser Lunch for EMO's HIV Day Center. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Concordia University, Hagen Center (second floor), 2811 NE Holman St., Portland. You are invited to join us for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s HIV Day Center annual fundraising event. This year, we celebrate 25 years of service as the only HIV drop-in center serving greater Portland’s most vulnerable, low-income, HIV-positive individuals. Special recognition will be given to HIV Day Center volunteer Jacqueline Dvorak, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and Metropolitan Community Church. As our guest, there is no charge to attend the lunch (please note that this will be a lunch instead of breakfast, as in previous years); donations will be solicited. All contributions go towards sustaining the HIV Day Center. Please RSVP to EMO’s HIV Day Center by Nov. 26: email  or call (503) 460-3822. If you can’t attend the event, please consider making a secure online donation (specify HIV Services). Generously sponsored by Concordia University.

Before the lunch event, you are welcome to join us for a Community Prayer Vigil to honor those lost and those living with HIV/AIDS at 11:30 a.m. at Ainsworth United Church of Christ, 2941 NE Ainsworth, Portland (three blocks from Concordia University).

December 4
Handel’s Messiah. 7:30 p.m. at Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ, 5150 SW Watson Ave., Beaverton. Bethel Congregational UCC, the Bethel Chancel Choir and the Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) Orchestra are teaming up to bring you “Part the First” from the Messiah by GF Handel, a musical telling of the story of Jesus’ birth. The “Hallelujah” chorus, the iconic movement of the whole work, will be sung in place of the last movement of “Part the First." Dr. Marshall Tuttle from MHCC is conducting. There is a full lineup of professional soloists. For more details, go to or call the Bethel office at (503) 646-1191. FREE to the public.

December 5
Free public screening of "The Anonymous People," an award-winning documentary about the stigma of addiction.
7 p.m. at the Greater Portland Bible Church, 2374 SW Vermont St. , Portland. The event will be preceded by a social hour at 6 p.m. Hosted by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Center for Public Advocacy and Hazelden at Springbrook’s Alumni Chapter, this moving documentary tells the story of the more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It features the diverse faces and voices of recovering people who are fighting against the stigma of addiction that has kept them silent and hidden for decades. Following the screening, a discussion with the audience will be moderated by William Moyers, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations. Seating is limited, and reservations can be made by visiting View the film trailer.

December 12
Cease Violence: Memorial and Call to Action (to honor all victims of violence). 7 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, 2710 NE 14th Ave., Portland. Honoring those who were injured or killed by violence. Hosted by Ceasefire Oregon and the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Gun Violence. Special remembrance of Clackamas Town Center, Reynolds High School, Thurston High School and Sandy Hook.

January 18 - 25
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The chosen theme for 2015 is "Jesus said to her, 'Give me a drink.'" John 4:7. Materials for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 —including daily scripture and prayer guide, ecumenical celebration of the word of God, prayer card, poster and worship bulletin cover—can be ordered from Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute at

January 24
Information Session: Graduate Studies at Marylhurst University. 10 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

Earth Care SummitSave the Date: January 24 & 25, 2015
Earth Care Summit, "The True Costs of Climate Change."
On Saturday, Reception and Climate Arts at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; on Sunday, Pre-event Seminar at 3 to 4:30 p.m. and Earth Care Summit at 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. All events will be held at the University of Portland, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland. The 2015 Earth Care Summit will explore how climate change affects physical and mental health, agriculture and biodiversity, our social and economic well-being, and our culture and faith, while looking at current, equitable solutions. By deepening our spiritual and religious understanding and joining with others in action on the individual, congregational, community, state and national levels, we will start to effect change. Climate Arts Reception: $10/person. Earth Care Summit: $35/person (with dinner); $15/person (program only, no dinner); scholarships available. To learn more about the event, download a registration brochure or register securely online now.

Sponsored by EMO's Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns and Oregon Interfaith Power & Light and the University of Portland. We are currently looking for cosponsors including congregations, organizations and businesses (download a cosponsorship form). Dinner table sponsorships are $280 for an eight-person table.

IADFebruary 11, 2015
2015 Interfaith Advocacy Day, "Raising Diverse Voices of Faith to Strengthen Oregon Communities." 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Salem. The 2015 Interfaith Advocacy Day will bring together hundreds of people from many religious traditions from throughout Oregon for a day of worship, dialogue and advocacy. Activities include presentations from faith leaders on the religious roots of concern for the poor, training in advocacy skills, issue briefings, procession to the Capitol Building, and afternoon meetings with elected representatives and senators. Individuals and groups from congregations and community organizations are encouraged to participate. The registration fee is $20 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials) and $10 for students with ID. Parking passes are $15. Online registration will be available by Jan. 2, 2015. For more information, contact Jan Elfers, EMO Public Policy director, at or (503) 221-1054.

Cosponsors to date include Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon; Interfaith Council of Greater Portland; Islamic Society of Greater Portland; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Oregon; Muslim Educational Trust; Oregon Area Jewish Committee; Oregon Center for Christian Voices; Pacific University Center for Peace & Spirituality; and Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice. Endorsers to date include: Central Presbyterian, Church of Scientology of Portland, Congregation Neveh Shalom, Covenant Presbyterian, First Unitarian Church of Portland, L'Arche Portland, Northwest Catholic Counseling Center, Oregon Alliance to Prevent Gun Violence, Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, St. Luke Lutheran, St. Mark Presbyterian, St. Paul's Episcopal, Smyrna United Church of Christ, and Vermont Hills United Methodist. If your congregation or organization is interested in being an event Endorser, please download an Endorser Form and return it no later than Dec. 1, 2014.

Save the Date: May 7, 2015
EMO Annual Community Awards & Celebration Dinner. At the Hilton Hotel in Portland. Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon annually recognizes individuals and groups in the community who have demonstrated a commitment to ecumenical service in Oregon. Award presentations will be made at the event. To learn more about the awards, or if you would like to nominate an individual, congregation or organization, please download an award nomination packet.

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