Oregon faith movement

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) brings together diverse communities of faith to learn, serve and advocate for justice, peace and the integrity of creation.

About Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO)

Mission
Committed to mutual respect and understanding, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon brings together diverse communities of faith to learn, serve and advocate for justice, peace and the integrity of creation.

Vision
Striving for unity in Jesus Christ and seeking to honor our sacred traditions, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon envisions communities of faith in ministry together creating a more peaceful, just, sustainable and compassionate world.

History
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon traces its roots back to 1917 with the formation of the Home Mission Council, established to promote evangelism among the churches of Oregon and to provide a means for the churches to cooperatively work together. In 1919, the Portland Council of Churches was established by 25 Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox congregations of Portland. EMO was founded in 1974, following the merger of the Oregon Council of Churches and the Portland Council of Churches. EMO remains one of the longest established ecumenical organizations in the United States. 

Learn more about EMO by watching a short video with EMO President Jan Musgrove Elfers. (SoundView Recording & Films)

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr.

We are heartbroken by the recent acts of violence in places of worship including those in San Diego, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Pittsburgh, and the Louisiana church burnings (where three historically black churches have burned within the span of 10 days). We are committed to pray and act together for peace and justice in our world.

An Emergency Training for Faith Communities in Response to Violent Extremism will be held on June 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Congregation Nevah Shalom. The FBI, US Attorney’s Office, Portland Police Bureau, and other authorities will provide the most current information, data, and tools available. The training is free and open to all leaders from houses of  worship. Learn more.

advocacy & action

We bring the faith community’s voice to the policy-making process at the Oregon Legislature to ensure a life of possibility for all Oregonians. Learn more

community service

Our diverse direct service programs offer hunger, nutrition and social support; affordable housing opportunities; and refugee and immigration services. Learn more

creation justice

We connect, inform and empower people, congregations and religious institutions to work for care and renewal of the earth through education and advocacy. Learn more

education & dialogue

We offer opportunities that celebrate Christian unity, foster interfaith relations, and explore ethical and moral issues with workshops, lectures and prayer vigils. Learn more