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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

December 17
Union District Baptist Association Prayer Vigil: “We Can’t Breathe, But God Can and 'Is’” 6 to 7 p.m. at Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church; Dr. & Mrs. O.B. Williams Fellowship Hall, 3138 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland. This will be a gathering of churches coming together and members of the Portland Police Bureau have also been invited. Our purpose is to pray together as we believe God will help us all to find the answers and the bridges needed to heal, work together, make change together, and build a better community together.

December 19
CoSA Community Information Session.
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Interchurch Center, Hughes Conference Room, 0245 SW Bancroft, Portland. Join us to learn about Circles of Support and Accountability, an effective support model that involves community members in preventing victimization. Through positive relationships, high-risk sex offenders coming out of prison realize they are part of the community, and take responsibility to not re-offend. Coffee and tea will be served. RSVP: (503) 988-8580 or cosa@emoregon.org. Download flyer for more information.

December 20
Rockwood Healthy Retail Initiative: Mural painting and unveiling with healthy food demonstration. Mural unveiling and food demonstration from 12 to 2 p.m. at El Porvenir, 25 SE 162nd Ave., Portland. The Rockwood Healthy Retail Initiative is a community-driven effort to get more fresh produce into corner stores. Healthy retail is a national movement that is improving access to fresh produce in low-income neighborhoods that lack grocery stores. The mural project provides community members with a way share their ideas for creating a healthier Rockwood, as well as what they want to celebrate about their culturally-rich neighborhood, which has over 70 languages spoken in the homes. El Porvenir is celebrating its commitment to fresh fruits and vegetables by painting an in-store mural to inspire a healthy community. The Rockwood Healthy Corner Store Project is a project of EMO's Interfaith Food & Farms Partnership. For more information about the project, contact Jenny Holmes, EMO Environmental Ministries Director, at (503) 221-1054.

December 20
"Cry for Justice" Prayer Vigil and March. 4 p.m. beginning at Allen Temple CME Church, 4236 NE Eighth Ave. (and Skidmore), Portland. Sponsored by the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform in honor of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and Portland victims of police violence Kendra James, James Jahar Perez, Aaron Campbell, James Chase, Keaton Otis and others. There will be a two-and-one-half mile march through the King neighborhood, ending at the I-5 overpass where Kendra James was shot to death by police more than 11 years ago. Bring electric candles and flashlights.

January 1
New Years Day Open Labyrinth Walk. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main Street, Vancouver, Wash. Come any time and enjoy a meditative walk to set your intentions for the New Year. Registration: Free Will Offering. For more information, contact Eunice@SacredJourneyMinistries.com.

January 5
Screening of "Documented: A film by an undocumented American." 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 19200 Willamette Dr., West Linn. Following the free film screening, there will be a discussion and question and answer session with David Leslie, EMO executive director. For more information, contact Gretchen at (503) 919-1310.

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 www.GEII.org/Order.

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 admissions@marylhurst.edu.

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. Cosponsrs include: Drive Oregon; Green Hammer, Inc.; Muslim Educational Trust; Northwest Friends of the Union of Concerned Scientists; Oregonians for Renewable Energy Progress; Portland Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby. Table Hosts include: Justice and Witness Ministry Team, Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ; Office of Life, Justice & Peace, Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon; St. Andrew Lutheran Church. If your congregations, organizations and businesses is interested in cosponsoring the Summit, please download a cosponsorship form. Dinner table sponsorships are also available for $280 for an eight-person table.

January 30
CoSA Community Information Session.
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Interchurch Center, Hughes Conference Room, 0245 SW Bancroft, Portland. Join us to learn about Circles of Support and Accountability, an effective support model that involves community members in preventing victimization. Through positive relationships, high-risk sex offenders coming out of prison realize they are part of the community, and take responsibility to not re-offend. Coffee and tea will be served. RSVP: (503) 988-8580 or cosa@emoregon.org. Download flyer for more information.

February 1-4, 2015
Pastors Unplugged Retreat.
At Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, Ore. Pastors Unplugged is a time for pastors to disconnect from their everyday lives, connect with other ministry professionals, and learn something while enjoying Menucha’s great food and amazing views. This year’s educational piece is “The Science of Sabbath Rest.” The Rev. Katie Pate of Milwaukie Presbyterian Church will share the latest research findings and resources to support pastors in making time for their professional well-being. Rates start at $292, which includes three nights’ lodging and eight delicious homemade meals. For more information, visit Menucha.org or contact Scott Crane at (503) 695-2243 or scott@menucha.org.

IADSave the Date: February 11, 2015
2015 Interfaith Advocacy Day, "Raising Diverse Voices of Faith to Strengthen Oregon Communities."
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (registration/check-in begins at 8 a.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 will include an interfaith panel on “Confronting Poverty, Promoting Economic Equality and Preventing Gun Violence,” training in advocacy skills, issue briefings, meetings with our legislators, and a keynote address by Nichole June Maher, MPH, president and CEO of Northwest Health Foundation. 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 $16 (includes shipping and handling). Register securely online now or download a registration brochure. For more information, contact Jan Elfers, EMO Public Policy director, at jelfers@emoregon.org 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 Beth Israel, Congregation Neveh Shalom, Covenant Presbyterian, Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon-Commision to End Racism, First Unitarian Church of Portland, Havurah Shalom, Inter-Religious Action Network of Washington County, L'Arche Portland, Northwest Catholic Counseling Center, Oregon Alliance to Prevent Gun Violence, P'Nai Or of Portland Tikkun Olam Committee, Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, St. Luke Lutheran, St. Mark Presbyterian, St. Paul's Episcopal, Smyrna United Church of Christ, SnowCap and Vermont Hills United Methodist. If your congregation or organization is interested in being an event Endorser, please download an Endorser Form.

March 1
Interfaith Panel Discussion: Forgiveness and Reconciliation. Time and location TBD. Join spiritual and faith leaders from around Oregon for this special conversation framed around Simon Wiesenthal's thought provoking book The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limitations of Forgiveness. In the first half of the book Wiesenthal recounts his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp and what he did when asked for forgiveness by a dying SS soldier. In the second half of the book distinguished men and women from around the world offer their own reflections about whether or not Wiesenthal did the right thing in response to the dying man. Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Neveh Shalom, will be joined by prominent leaders from other faith-based communities including Mary Jo Tully, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Portland; Linda Neale of the Earth & Spirit Council; and David Leslie, executive director of EMO. This panel is presented in partnership with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and has been generously underwritten by Howard and Wendy Liebreich. 

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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