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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

September 11
My Neighbor Is Muslim: Where do we go from here? 9 a.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland. Follow-up on a six-part summer series to help the Portland community understand Islam. Previous attendance is not vital. 1. What practices--environmental, musical, spiritual--can our community engage in to open the doors to a diversity which includes Muslims? 2. Are there ways to help our non-Muslim neighbors appreciate that Islam no more promotes violence than Christianity or Judaism do? 3. The United States is the "world's most religiously diverse nation." How to live out one's own values while celebrating those of other religions? 4. How can realizing that Jesus and the Hebrew Prophets figure prominently in the Q'uran help interfaith relations? There is no cost to attend and no registration is required. For more information, contact Ginny Feldman at

September 11
Standing Together: Solidarity, Respect & Friendship. 12 p.m. at Portland Rizwan Mosque, 9925 SW 35th Drive, Portland. Fifteen years after 9/11, we see many Americans have become divided. Muslims, Hispanics, African Americans, and police officers face particular threats and have been the victims of attacks. In this climate of hate, leaders from different communities are coming together for a 9/11 15-year anniversary commemorative service to fight hatred with love and education. As a way to promote collaboration for a common goal, everyone is asked to bring sealed water bottles of any size and quantity to donate toward a Clean Water Drive. All water collected will be donated to one of the Portland area schools who have been afflicted by bad drinking water that is tainted with lead. By doing so, we can work together to help this city and the health of its children. Free to attend. For more information, contact Harris Zafar at or (503) 246-0813.

September 11
Commemoration, Celebration and Ritual of Dedication on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11. 4 to 7 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 SW Park Ave., Portland. Free and open to the public. Childcare will be available. Potluck dinner (please bring a pork-free dish to share). For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Hector Lopez at or Rania Ayoub at

September 22
"Portland's Future: How Do We Accommodate Growth & Global Warming?" an evening with Portland urban architect George Crandall. 5:30 p.m. wine & hors d'oeuvres reception, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. lecture, at Neil Kelly Design Center, 804 N. Alberta St., Portland. In the next 20 years, Portland will experience dramatic change: 260,000 new residents are expected, accompanied by a 40 percent increase in traffic volumes. And along with the rest of the world, Portland will need to reduce carbon emissions significantly. Portland’s recently adopted 2035 Comprehensive Plan and soon-to-be-adopted Central City Plan supposedly address these challenges. Unfortunately, both plans are long on generalizations and short on specifics. Crandall’s slide presentation will identify the plans’ strengths and weaknesses and suggest alternatives for consideration. Tickets are $25; limited to 50 guests. Reserve tickets securely online. Proceeds benefit EMO's ministries.

George Crandall is the founder of Crandall Arambula, PC. He has been responsible for more than 50 key urban and community design projects across the country and throughout the West. Many of his local projects have made Portland and Oregon models for planning in America. He has served as President for the Architectural Foundation of Oregon, Board President for 1000 Friends of Oregon, President of the Portland Chapter AIA, and Chair of the AIA Urban Design Committee. As an architect with many major projects in his portfolio, he understands what it takes to get plans built.

September 29
Death Row from Both Sides. 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. general admission, at First Unitarian Church, 1211 SW Main St., Portland. Oregon Justice Resource Center and the Ending the New Jim Crow Social Justice Action Group of First Unitarian Church of Portland invite you to an evening taking you behind the scenes of the American justice system. Joining us for a community discussion about race, innocence and the death penalty featuring Anthony Graves and Frank Thompson. Tickets to the presentation cost $30. Tickets to the reception and presentation are $75. Learn more and reserve your tickets. For more information, contact Amie Wexler at

September 30 & October 1
The Animal Conference. Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at First Presbyterian Portland, SW 12th and SW Alder, Portland. Featuring internationally recognized experts in a variety of animal advocacies. Sponsored entirely by Oregon Dog PAC. For more information, contact: Ron Murray,, or (971) 340-3940.

October 9 to 11
The Wright Lectures: "The Churches at the Four Corners," with Dr. Thomas Long. At Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, Ore. Dr. Thomas Long is the Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching and Director of the Early Career Pastoral Leadership Program at the Candler School of Theology. He is author of The Witness of Preaching, which was named one of the 25 most influential books on preaching in the past 25 years by Preaching magazine. Diversity has been with us from the beginning of the Christian movement. In four presentations, we will spend a few minutes in the pews of what we imagine the four worshiping communities of the Gospel writers may have been like: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, experiencing their different understandings of Jesus and of the Christian life. We will discover what these communities of faith were like, how different these churches were from each other, and the very particular ways they understand Jesus, the nature of the Christian life, and the mission of Christ’s people. Learn more about the Wright Lectures and register now.

October 16
Parliament of the World's Religions, "A Taste of the Parliament: Listening to Other Voices." 1 p.m. at Community Christ, 4837 NE Couch St., Portland. The Parliament is an interfaith gathering embracing all faiths. The event will include a welcome by local indigenous tribes, keynote by Executive Director of the Parliament Dr. Larry Greenfield, video and panel discussions, dinner and music concert. For more information, contact Val Walker at (503) 238-9880 or

October 21 to 23
Circles of Support & Accountability (CoSA) Volunteer Training. Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Interchurch Center, 0245 SW Bancroft, Portland. Session I, "The CoSA Model," will explore CoSA history, Circle dynamics and reentry realities for sex offenders. Session II, "Restoring Justice," will cover supervision, treatment and the community role in restorative justice. Session III, Trauma and Healing," will cover ACEs, victim voices, addictions and self care. RSVP for this training and find out more at (503) 988-8580 or

October 27
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 RSVP, call (503) 699-6268 or email

Save the Date: November 3
The 2016 Collins Lecture, "Redeeming the Soul of America: Race, Justice and Reconciliation," with the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III.
1 to 5:30 p.m. Seminar, and 7 to 9:30 p.m. Lecture, at Concordia University in northeast Portland. With civil rights advocacy in his DNA, The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Dr. Moss spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice and economic inequality. More information about the 2016 will be coming soon!

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