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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

October 21
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.

October 22
Lecture by Professor Jon Butler, "Modern America's Mysterious Religious Anomalies." 7 to 9 p.m., at Portland State University, Lincoln Hall Auditorium, Room 75, 1620 SW Park Ave., Portland. Butler will explain how seemingly contradictory trends go to the heart of one of the nation's most misunderstood features—the 20th century rise, not fall, of organized religion in America—and the challenge that 21st century cultural changes pose to American religious groups that have otherwise seemed so close to achieving new religious sway in the United States. Butler is the Howard R. Lamar professor emeritus of American Studies, History and Religious Studies at Yale University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

October 23
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 admissions@marylhurst.edu.

October 28
Strengthening Our Region through Interfaith Action: What can we do together that we cannot do by ourselves? 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Neveh Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland. This unique and exciting full-day gathering will offer an "open space" format, through which participants will have the opportunity to create the agenda together. We will explore diverse points of view and inspiring new directions for interfaith relations and action throughout the state. All are invited to share their presence, voice and ideas at the event. There will be a sliding scale free will offering; vegetarian food and snacks provided. Register now. Sponsored by the Interreligious Action Network of Washington County, the Interfaith Council of Greater Portland, and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Download event poster.

November 1
Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Christian Church, Multi-purpose Room, 1314 SW Park Ave., Portland. Join us for a retreat to engage in new ways to address the interlinked climate and economic crises. Through use of deep dialogue, group ritual, music and our own wild imaginings, this retreat will explore the ground of gratitude, honor, or 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. Our leader is Barbara Ford, an artist, facilitator, singer and activist with more than 30 years of experience working with individuals and groups, including faith groups, non-profits and schools. Cost: $40 (includes vegetarian lunch) or $30 if you bring your own lunch. Register online now. For more information, call (503) 221-1054, ext. 214. Sponsored by EMO's Oregon Interfaith Power & Light.

November 5
Create Stories that Stick.9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson St., Portland. Want to weave stories that will make your audience lean in? This entirely narrative-focused class, led by Matt Smith, is the perfect opportunity to learn to be a more powerful story teller. The cost is $60 per person and includes a light lunch. Please register by October 22 by calling (503) 228-3195 or by emailing Rev. Donna Pritchard at dpritchard@fumcpdx.org.

November 13
Showing and discussion of film "TRIGGER: the Ripple Effect of Gun Violence" produced by Presbyterian Church (USA). 6 to 8 p.m. at Lake Theater and Café, 106 N. State Street, Lake Oswego. Join us for a panel discussion on the public health aspects of gun violence and a special showing of the acclaimed documentary film, produced by the Presbyterian Church (USA). Presented by the League of Women Voters of Clackamas County. Admission: $8 (Beverages and food are available for purchase). Directions and parking suggestions can be found at www.laketheatercafe.com. For more information, contact Marge Easley (marge.easley@frontier.com) or Sonja Kollias (vskollias@aol.com).

November 20
One Place Many Tastes. 6 to 9 p.m. at Embassy Suites, 7900 NE 82nd Ave., Portland. Help Embassy Suites raise funds for EMO's Northeast Emergency Food Program. The event will include a live cook-off among chefs from five local hotels, food tasting stations from 10 countries, beer and wine tasting, a silent auction, live music, and Give!Guide donation stations. The cost is $20 per person; proceeds will go to NEFP to buy supplies for the food pantry. Register securely online now.

November 20
Educating for Peace Dinner and Cultural Art Gala.  6 to 9 p.m. at Multnomah Athletic Club Ballroom, 1849 SW Salmon St.,, Portland. Celebrating 14 years of the Wholistic Peace Institute work with Nobel Peace Laureates and honoring its co-founders Rabbi Joshua Stampfer and Gary Alan Spanovich. There will be a Silent Auction from 6 to 7 p.m. featuring Peaceful Travel, Performing and Visual Arts Items. Tickets are $125. To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.wholisticpeaceinstitute.com.

November 21
Day of Homelessness Awareness, "In Their Steps." The day’s events begin at 7:30 a.m. with the "Walk of Homelessness Awareness," starting at Goose Hollow Family Shelter, located at First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson St., Portland. 7:30 a.m. coincides with the time when the families typically leave the shelter. After a tour of the family shelter, small groups of participants will walk the same route many of the families take each day, beginning their “urban pilgrimage” in the steps of homeless families. En route, groups will be asked to read and discuss real-life scenarios from the lives of homeless families--stories that detail their daily lives and their struggles to move forward. Groups will stop along the way at Clay Street Table, SW 13th and Clay, for a hot breakfast and coffee, and then continue on for a tour of the 13 Salmon Family Day Center at First Unitarian Church, 1034 SW 13th Ave., where many of the families spend time each day. Following the walk, participants are invited to a forum on "Creative Solutions to Homelessness," sponsored by the Portland Human Rights Commission. The forum will take place at First Unitarian Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Breakout sessions at the forum will focus on topics such as microhousing, social enterprise, and a proposed housing trust fund. The Day of Homelessness Awareness is organized by New City Initiative, whose mission is engaging faith communities in ending the cycle of homelessness. For more information, including a route map of the Walk of Awareness and a program for the housing forum, go to www.newcityinitiative.net/awareness.

November 22
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.

November 23
Speak Out Sunday.
We’re calling all congregations across faiths and denominations to dedicate Speak Out Sunday to dialogue, teaching, prayer and action around sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) and its prevention. Learn more at wewillspeakout.us/speak-out-sunday.

Save the Date: January 24 & 25, 2015
Earth Care Summit, "The True Cost of Climate Change."
Saturday, 6 to 8 p.m., Reception and Climate Arts; Sunday, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Pre-event Seminar, and 5 to 8 p.m., Earth Care Summit; at the University of Portland, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., 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 and $175 for a table of seven students and one advisor.

Save the Date: February 11, 2015
2015 Interfaith Advocacy Day, "Raising Diverse Voices of Faith to Strengthen Oregon Communities." 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 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 jelfers@emoregon.org or (503) 221-1054.

Cosponsors to date include Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, Office of Life, Justice and Peace; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon; Interfaith Council of Greater Portland; Islamic Society of Greater Portland; Jewish Federation of Portland; Muslim Educational Trust; Oregon Area Jewish Committee; Oregon Center for Christian Voices; and Pacific University Center for Peace & Spirituality. If your congregation or organization is interested in being an event Endorser, please download an Endorser Form and return it no later than Nov. 21, 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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