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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.
What Religious Leaders Don't Know about Domestic and Sexual Violence (and why it matters) - A Community forum with keynote speaker Rick Santos of IMA World Health. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (registration/coffee begins at 9:30 a.m.) at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church,1535 NE 17th Ave., Portland. Millions of Americans report having experienced domestic and sexual violence. Despite the enormity of this problem, a new poll shows pastors often fail to address it appropriately and consider themselves ill-equipped to respond to incidents of violence within their communities. Come hear about these astounding findings from Richard Santos, president and CEO of IMA World Health, one of the organizations that commissioned the survey, as well as Rev. Warren Light (UMC, Wesley Center at University of Oregon and member of Oregon's Sexual Assault Task Force), Rev. Ron & Lori Clark (Agape Church of Christ), and other faith and community leaders working to end the global epidemic of violence against women and children. Community and faith leaders are invited to this free event. Please RSVP to Rhonda Case (S.A.I.V.) at (503) 680-3125 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Download event poster.EMO is a cosponsor of this event.
SOLD OUT: Portland Architecture & Urban Design: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. 5:30 p.m. wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, 6 to 7 p.m. program at Neil Kelly Design Center, 804 N. Alberta St., Portland. Join us for an evening with Portland architect and city planner George Crandall, FAIA, principal of Crandall Arambula, PC. A graphic presentation will include Portland successes and failures, and future challenges for our city. Limited to 50 guests. Proceeds benefit the ministries of EMO. For more information, call (503) 221-1054. Download event flyer.
Seed Saving 101. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Anawim Christian Community 19626 NE Glisan, Gresham. Saving seeds helps you save money, time, and connects you to the garden, history, culture and even more.
This class will cover basic seed saving for personal and community resilience and will give instructions for saving seeds from the seven most important plant families for food crops. Our instructor, Diana Cason, is a seed saver enthusiast who has been a professional gardener for over 30 years. She helped establish Marion Polk Seed Share. Cost: $5 to 10 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. Free seeds provided. To register, call (503) 221-1054, ext 215, or e-mail email@example.com by September 10. Space limited. $5 to 10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds. Sponsored by EMO's Interfaith Food & Farms Partnership and Rockwood Co-op. Download flyer.
Tenth Annual Interfaith Community Breakfast featuring Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon. 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Hilton, 66 E 6th Ave, Eugene. Iternationally-recognized scholar and former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, the Rev. Dr. Kinnamon is the Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Collaboration in Interreligious Dialogue at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. He has extensive experience in ecumenical and interfaith work in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. A popular speaker and leader of unity efforts within Christian denominations, Kinnamon previously headed the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and has served as the Dean of two seminaries. Kinnamon's address, "'I Wish We Did That: The Case for Holy Envy," will speak to the ways we can learn from other faiths as part of being faithful to our own. Tickets are $15 and up for breakfast (vegetarian) or $5 for coffee/tea and must be purchased by Sept 14 online at www.laneinstitute.org or at First Christian Church, 1166 Oak St., Eugene.
EMO's Refugee & Immigrant Ministry Celebration. 4 to 7 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 SE Woodstock, Portland. Come celebrate the decades of hard work and services provided by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's (EMO) Refugee & Immigrant Ministries: Russian Oregon Social Services,Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees, and SOAR Immigration Legal Services. Our programs successfully integrate immigrants and refugees from around the world into Oregon's communities. Please join us for an evening of socializing, recognition, multicultural foods and entertainment. Free event and no RSVP required to attend. For more information, call (503) 777-3437. Download event flyer.
October 12 to 14
2014 Wright Lectures, "Practical Approaches to Emerging Ministries: Creating, Growing and Sustaining New Possibilities." At Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, Ore. The event should appeal to pastors and lay persons who are interested in the emerging church, a growing edge of Christianity that appeals to those who would walk past the doors of traditional congregations. The three featured speakers are leaders in the emerging church movement. Vera White heads the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s 1001 New Worshiping Communities initiative; and Rev. Jeff Eddings and Rev. Jim Walker are co-pastors for Hot Metal Bridge, a rapidly-growing faith community in Pittsburgh, PA, supported by the PC (USA) and the United Methodist Church. For more information or to register, please go to http://menucha.org/programs/wls or contact Scott Crane, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, (503) 695-2243.
Circles of Support and Accountability: Community Information Session. 5 to 8 p.m. at the Interchurch Center, Pamplin Conference Room, 0245 SW Bancroft St., Portland (directions). Learn about Circles of Support and Accountability
in Oregon (CoSA) at an open community information session
with Dr. Robin Wilson, Andrew McWhinnie, and Multnomah County CoSA Program Coordinator Rev. Audrey deCoursey. Any and all community supporters and potential volunteers are invited to this evening program. Meet others interested in restorative justice and help launch this important program for our state. To RSVP, contact Audrey deCoursey at (503) 988-8580 or email@example.com.
Circles of Support and Accountability: Volunteer Training. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Interchurch Center, Hughes Conference Room, 0245 SW Bancroft St., Portland (directions). Join us for an introductory training in Circles of
Support and Accountability with Dr. Robin
Wilson and Andrew McWhinnie. Learn how to be
an effective volunteer to help prevent victimization and
protect our communities by forming positive social
support for high-risk sex offenders coming out of
prison. CoSA is simple yet profound: No More Victims. CoSA follows 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 with a sex offender through the first year of release from prison, to prevent the isolation that can raise the risk of re-offending. To RSVP, contact Audrey deCoursey at (503) 988-8580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebration of Health: Rebounding to Wholeness. At Red Lion on the River, Jantzen Beach, Portland. This fundraiser dinner for Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries will feature storyteller, author and humorist Terry Hershey. General admission $60; NPNM members $25. Learn more at www.npnm.org.
Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Life-long Activist. 7:30 p.m. at Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark, Portland. David Hartsough, a Quaker from San Francisco, will be speaking about his newly published memoir, Waging Peace. Dave's stories demonstrate the power and effectiveness of organized nonviolent action. Dave has marched with mothers confronting violence, stood beside refugees threatened with dead squads, blocked trains loaded with munitions, and crossed borders to meet with those called "the enemy." For more information go to www.multnomahfriends.org.
2014 Food Security Summit, "Hungry for Change: New thinking and emerging themes in our work to end hunger." 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Oregon State University, 725 SW 26th St.,
Corvallis, Ore.. The event aims to change the conversation around hunger by shaking up assumptions, and to re-energize Oregonians involved in anti-hunger work. The morning sessions' themes revolve around farm worker/grower perspectives, hunger as a health issue, and the social justice implications of hunger. Registration Rates: Early Registration - $75, Early Student Registration - $20, Late Registration - $100, Late Student Registration - $30. Please note that early registration will be available until 11:59 p.m. on October 13. Learn more and register now.
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.
Regional Interfaith Conference. All day at a Portland area location TBD. Check back soon for details.
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.
Save the Date: February 11, 2015
Interfaith Advocacy Day in Salem. More details coming soon.
Save the Date: May 7, 2015
EMO Annual Community Awards & Celebration Dinner. At the Hilton Hotel in Portland