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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

April 26
Oliver Lecture by Tom Balmer, "A Judge Looks at Poverty And Social Dysfunction: What Happens When We Fail to Promote the "General Welfare." 3 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC), 1126 SW Park Avenue, Portland. Tom Balmer is the chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court and a long time UCC church member. Tickets are $10 and $25. For more information, visit or call (503) 228-7219.

April 30
Dining Out for Life. Dining Out for Life is an annual nation-wide event held on the last Thursday in April. Dine Out at participating restaurants on April 30, 2015, and a portion of your bill will be donated to EMO's HIV Day Center and OHSU's Partnership Project to support individuals living with HIV/AIDS throughout the Portland metro area. A list of participating restaurants is at Find us on Facebook at

May 7, 2015
EMO Annual CelebrationEMO Annual Community Awards & Celebration Dinner. Reception & Silent Auction begin at 5 p.m., Dinner & Awards Presentation begin 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel, Pavilion, 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland. As the premier ecumenical event of the year in Oregon, EMO will bring together over 400 members of our diverse communities of faith and community partners, as we will celebrate the ecumenical movement in Oregon and honor those who are guided by their faith to serve Oregonians in need. This year's awardees include "Ecumenist of the Year" The Rev. Dr. T. Allen Bethel, Senior Pastor, Maranatha Church; "Vollum Ecumenical Humanitarian Award" Ron Wyden, United States Senator; and "Ecumenical Service Awards" to New City Initiative and Jericho Road. The cost per person is $100; a table that seats 10 is $1,000. Make your reservation securely online now or download a Response Card. If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor, please download a Sponsorship Form. Learn more including auction items and sponsors.

May 8
Reimagining the Dream: A Symposium on Diversity, Inclusion, and Economic Stability. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Chiles Center, University of Portland. Presented by Volunteers of America Oregon. Join business leaders, educators, members of the faith community and non-profit organizations in an exploration of ways to increase diversity and equity to promote a community with opportunity for all. Stedman Graham, author, educator and entrepreneur, will give the keynote address, followed by a moderated panel discussion with local corporate and community leaders on how to achieve workforce diversity. General admission is $50 per person. Purchase tickets online.

May 9
Active Hope Retreat.9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Ave., downtown Portland. With our planet and economies in crisis, our political process in chaos and our cultural story in transition, many of us at times feel hopeless, cynical or despairing. Active Hope is an empowering, creative stance for meeting these challenges. This workshop—based largely on the work of eco-philosopher Joanna Macy—explores new ways in which we can face these issues, find inspiration and embody our gifts for the healing of our world. Through the use of deep dialogue, group ritual, music and our own wild imaginings, we will explore together the ground of gratitude, honor our pain for the world, and grow our deepened sense of interconnectedness and empowerment, as we face together the peril and beauty of our changing world. Registration is $40, including a vegetarian lunch and $30 if you bring your own lunch. Register securely online now. Download Flyer. Sponsored by EMO’s Oregon Interfaith Power & Light.

May 15 & 16
CoSA Volunteer Training. Friday, 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Interchurch Center, Hughes Room, 0245 SW Bancroft St, Portland. You are invited to our next volunteer training, led by Andrew McWhinnie, Therapist and International CoSA Researcher. Volunteer for Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA), and learn about an effective way to prevent violence. Circles of involved community members form positive social support for high-risk sex offenders coming out of prison. The hope of CoSA is simple yet profound: No More Victims. Circles follow a restorative justice model, working alongside the treatment and supervision sex offenders are already provided, by offering practice in pro-social relationship building. Community volunteers meet regularly as a team with a sex offender through the first year of release from prison, to prevent the isolation that can raise the risk of re-offending. Join us to learn more about the realities of life for sex offenders in our communities, how CoSA effectively helps prevent violence, and how you can get involved. One person at a time, we are helping prevent violence. Friday evening's training will cover a core element of the CoSA model: the Circle Covenant that all members agree to in setting group expectations. Saturday's training will cover the CoSA model and how it addresses the realities of life for sex offenders. Free training - please register to For questions, or (503) 988-8580. Download training poster.

May 16
Shattering Stigma: Mental Health and Faith Communities
. 2 to 8 p.m. at Montavilla Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th, Portland. The vision of the Shattering Stigma conference is to equip faith communities to be welcoming places of safety and sanctuary; to support faith communities to know where and what resources are available; to connect each of us more deeply with spiritual self; and to integrate spiritual and mental health. Registration: $25, including dinner if ordered by May 1; $30 after May 1. Make your reservation now. For more information, contact Kris Moore at

June 12
Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty Annual Meeting and Banquet. 5 p.m. reception with speakers, dinner at 6 p.m., program at 6:45 p.m. at Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Rd., Keizer. Mike Farrell, author and actor who played Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt in the TV Series M.A.S.H., will be the keynote speaker. Mike is President of Death Penalty Focus, California\'s "grassroots organizing" group. Washington's coalition outreach chair will also speak as we discuss a "West Coast Sweep" of the death penalty. Tickets $40, tables of eight can be reserved. Call (503) 990-7060 to order tickets or to go for on-line ticket purchases.

June 19-27
Iconographic Arts Institute. At Shalom Prayer Center, Mt. Angel, Oregon.The Institute provides an opportunity to enter into a prayer-filled environment and explore the discernment of a call to the vocation of iconography. At beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, all students study orthodox iconography. Participants deepen their faith via the spiritual, theological, and artistic elements of iconography. Prayer, silence, simple meals and fellowship occur in a combination retreat/workshop within the cycle of the Divine Office and daily Mass. Registration: $936 tuition and studio fee. Room and Board are a separate cost. Contact:

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