EMO Annual Benefit Dinner & Awards Celebration. Reception and silent auction begin at 5 p.m.; dinner, live auction and awards presentation at 6:30 p.m.; at the Hilton Portland, Pavilion, 921 SW Sixth Ave., Portland. The event is the single most important annual fundraiser for our vital ministries to the poor, the vulnerable, the hungry and the sick throughout the state of Oregon. Funds contributed by sponsors and guests enable us to serve those in need and to advocate on their behalf at the Oregon Legislature for a just, equitable and sustainable society. We will also honor extraordinary individuals and organizations whose courage, moral vision and commitment to action have contributed profoundly to making Oregon, and the world, a better place. Reservations are $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of ten. Make your secure online reservation now. Learn more about the event. View catalog of auction items.
We Refuse to Be Enemies: An Evening of Music, Conversation and Friendship. 4 to 8 p.m. at Congregation Neveh Shalom,
2900 SW Peaceful Lane,
Portland. We are continuing our new series devoted to bringing together communities of people who, due to the accidents of history or modernity, are sometimes viewed suspiciously. We reject those definitions. Instead, we share our stories, our music and our food. These heal us. They unite us and forge friendship from distrust. They build a better society. They make us responsible for one another. Won't you join us for this highly humanizing evening? This is a free event and all are welcome to attend. EMO is a cosponsor of this event.
Save the date: November 2
2017 Collins Lecture. We will explore how climate change disproportionately affects the world’s most vulnerable people, triggering the loss of livelihoods, insecurity, forced migration and poor health. Polluted air and water, weather disasters and drought bring devastation to all, particularly those living in poverty. We will also discuss how fossil fuel production and transportation often impact the marginalized, as seen with the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock. Guest lecturers will be The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, president and founder of Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) and canon for the environment in the Episcopal Diocese of California, and The Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, civil rights leader, climate change activist and retired pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Atlanta. The Portland area location of the event is yet to be determined. Check back for developing details.