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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

August 31
Interfaith Friends Potluck. 6:30 p.m. with potluck meal to begin at 7 p.m. at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living, 1040 C Ave, Lake Oswego. Hosted in partnership by the Interfaith Council of Greater Portland and New Thought Center for Spiritual Living. Please bring your favorite ethnic or cultural dish to share and, if possible, the story that goes along with it. Join us for an evening of interfaith fellowship. Bring family and friends. To register or for more information: or (503)489-9904.

September 11 & 12
Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop. Friday, 7 - 9:30 p.m., & Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th St., Bend. Centering Prayer is a method of prayer that emphasizes prayer as personal relationship with God. Centering Prayer offers us a way to detach from our busy minds. By taking time to "rest in God" each day, we prepare to receive the gift of God's presence. Come to this two-day workshop to learn more about this powerful spiritual discipline. All are welcome. To register, contact Lorraine Stuart at or Elizabeth Stephan at (541) 382-4401 or Cost: $30 fee includes four optional enrichment sessions. Partial scholarships available. Childcare is available if requested in advance.

September 12
Portland AIDS Walk 2015. Join EMO’s HIV Services, to walk for our communities and the fight against HIV/AIDS at Cascade AIDS Project’s AIDS Walk 2015. Visit for details on the celebration and walk. Search for EMO HIV Day Center and register as a part of our team! As a community partner, EMO’s HIV Services receives 60% of funds raised by our team so even if you can’t walk with us, visit to donate to the HIV Day Center AIDS Walk Team. This year, Quest Diagnostics is sponsoring AIDSWalk and a number of co-beneficiaries, including EMO HIV Services. They will have a great array of activities, including a scavenger hunt, for us all to participate in on the day of the walk. We hope to see you there!

September 13
Blessing of the Animals. 10 a.m. at Beaverton Veterans Memorial Park, SW Watson & 7th Ave, Beaverton. All are welcome to attend and bring their pets for a blessing.  If your pet isn't comfortable around lots of people and pets, you are invited to bring a photo. Some children even bring their favorite stuffed animals -- all options are encouraged.. In 2008, Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ held its first Blessing of the Animals service. Since then, it has become an annual tradition to hold an outdoor service honoring, blessing and celebrating the relationships we have with those animal companions that fill our hearts with thanksgiving and love. It’s a time to remember those pets and animals that may no longer be with us as well as celebrate those that fill our lives with joy on a daily basis. Blessing the Animals is not a new concept. It began with St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, who was believed to sing and preach to all of God’s creatures, honoring God’s presence in each of them. Animals were drawn to him and stories of his great love for animals abound. St. Francis was a true steward and brother to the animals, without discrimination and an example of how to treat God’s precious creatures. This is a wonderful opportunity for the entire family, including our furry friends, to be blessed and honored in this unique outdoor worship service. Bethel Congregational UCC is a progressive Christian community that is committed to service and is open to everyone.  For more details go to the website at or call (503) 646-1191.

September 19
Road to Recovery Fun Run/Walk Benefiting Central Oregon NAMI. 10 a.m. at Crow's Feet Commons, 875 NE Brooks Street, Bend. The 5k course begins and ends at Crow's Feet Commons. All proceeds go to the Central Oregon's National Alliance on Mental Illness. Live music and raffle prizes at the end of the race. Registration: $20 without T-shirt; $30 with T-shirt. For more information, contact Anne Pendygraft at or Roger Olson or call (541) 480-1960.

September 20
Shelter in the City: An International Day of Prayer for Peace. 2 to 7:30 p.m. at Community of Christ Church, 4837 NE Couch St., Portland. A day for the city of Portland to dialogue with neighbors about the implications of the houseless population, what has already been done, and what could happen in the future. The event is free and dinner will be included, along with small group talks, speakers, worship sessions and simulation activities. The service will end with an honorary award to a Portland-based organization that has been living into the mission of peace and prayerful service to aid houselessness in the city. Register now. For more information, contact Valerie Walker at or ( 503) 238-9880.

September 24
It Takes a Village to End Child Homelessness: Village Support Network Orientation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at New City Initiative, 1435 NE 81st Ave, Suite 500, Portland. Homelessness is always a tragedy, but the effects of homelessness are especially hard on children. When children become homeless, they often lose their connection to their friends, their school, their faith community, and other key supports in their lives. The most recent “point in time” count of people experiencing homelessness in Multnomah County found that there were 2,225 homeless children on just one night. That’s enough to fill every classroom in five elementary schools. New City Initiative invites you to come to the next Village Support Network orientation to learn how you and your congregation can take meaningful steps toward ending child and family homelessness. The Village Support Network is an opportunity to help families exiting homelessness achieve long-term stability and self-sufficiency. A stable family environment provides every child with their best opportunity to grow up healthy and happy, complete their education, and exit the cycle of poverty and homelessness for good. No ongoing commitment is required to attend the orientation. To learn more about the Village Support Network and register for the orientation, visit New City Initiative’s website at

September 24-25
The Unending Conversation: Progressive Christian Apologetics in the Twenty-First Century. 7 p.m. on Thursday through 3 p.m. on Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland. In honor of Canon Theologian Marcus J. Borg, leading scholars John Dominic Crossan, Diana Butler Bass, Jacquie Lewis and Katharine Jefferts Schori address the challenge of progressive apologetics in the contemporary church. Learn more and register now.

October 11-13
Wright Lectures with Dr. Brian Blount: The Cultural Shape of Faith. At Menucha Retreat & Conference Center, Corbett, Ore. Menucha welcomes Dr. Brian Blount, president of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va. This series of conversations will look at the role our social location and social identity play in shaping our understanding of New Testament texts. Because our context and our identity shape how we understand the texts, we can also say that our context and identity shape, to a very large degree, our understanding of faith. We will look at the role context and identity play broadly, and then by looking at how distinct communities as diverse as African American slaves, Nicaraguan peasants, physically challenged, fundamentalists, and gays and lesbians find meaning through their socially located lenses. Registration fee is $75; meals and lodging extra. Learn more and register now.

October 14
Second Home Celebration. 7:20 to 8:30 a.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 12405 SW Butner Rd., Beaverton. Please join us as EMO's Second Home celebrate five years of providing housing for unaccompanied students in the Beaverton School District. We are eager to tell the story of how the Beaverton community has stepped up to support our youth during a crucial time in their lives, so that they can graduate from high school and pursue their dreams and goals. All are welcome! There is no cost to attend; a free will offering will be taken. Please RSVP or for more information, contact Jenny Pratt at or (503) 221-1054.

October 26-29
Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (FCRF). At Menucha Retreat & Conference Center, Corbett, Ore. The ECRF is taught by instructors from the renowned Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. It is a four-day intensive course with a practical application component afterwards. Early registration discount: First 12 to sign up save $150 on tuition! Space is strictly limited to 25 participants. For more information, visit or call Rev. Scott Crane or Lauren Deming at (503) 695-2243.

2015 Collins LectureNovember 19
2015 Collins Lecture, "The Gospel of Conquest: Native Americans, Christianity and the Doctrine of Discovery" at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave., Portland. Guest lecturers will include Robert MillerGeorge "Tink" Tinker, and Kim Recalma-Clutesi, who will discuss the 15th-century basis for European Christian claims to the Americas, and examine its continued influence on relations among church, tribe and state. The sacredness of our connection to the ancestral owners of the land will be evoked by ritual, music, drumming, prayer, story and a shared meal, inspiring us toward reconciliation and renewal. Learn more about the 2015 Collins Lecture.

Save the Date: January 31, 2016
The Seventh Annual Earth Care Summit: Renewing Creation from the Ground Up. At University of Portland. Download a Registration Form. Download a Cosponsorship Form. Check back soon for more information.

2016 Earth Care Summit

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