On January 30, 2018, EMO was honored to host the inaugural convocation dedicated to engaging Oregon's faith communities for criminal justice reform and service. Held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, and sponsored by the Episcopal Bishop of Oregon Foundation, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, and Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon, this convocation brought together diverse voices from across the state (and beyond) to start crafting a vision of how religious communities can help move Oregon to be a more just home for all. Called Hearing the Cries for Justice, this convocation is the first in what we hope will be an annual event.

Participants were invited to take follow up action, to bring what they learned home to their communities. Download this list of ideas for ways you can take actions to Heal the Justice System, Heal Our Communities, Heal Ourselves, and Become Healers.

Whether or not you were able to attend this convocation, you are invited to take action, to host a Criminal Justice Sabbath this year with your congregation (learn more about Criminal Justice Sabbath), to keep learning more about criminal justice issues, and to donate to support this work.  

Read reflection about the convocation by Fr. Jim Mosier, "A ministry to criminal justice" (Feb. 23, 2018, Argus Observer)