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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

World Refugee DayJuly 22
World Refugee Day. 12 to 4 p.m. at Delta Park, 10850 N Denver Ave, Portland. Free event featuring World Cup Soccer, diverse cuisine, cultural music and dance, job fair, marketplace of arts and wares, and kids activities. Free food for the first 500 people. Bring school supplies to donate.

July 23
From the Mouth of the Singing Blacktivist, Dr. Derrell Acon. 3 p.m. at Ainsworth United Church of Christ, 2941 NE Ainsworth, Portland. Drawing from literature, advocacy, story and glorious song, performer/ teacher/ activist and Fulbright scholar, Dr. Derrell Acon will engage and energize the audience by demonstrating the power and immediacy of performance to educate and empower. All who attend receive a code for discounted tickets to Portland Opera’s production of David Lang’s two groundbreaking works The Difficulty of Crossing a Field and The Little Match Girl Passion. A free will offering will be taken. All proceeds will benefit the ministries of Ainsworth UCC.

July 23
Beloved Community Forum
. New time and location: 5 to 7 p.m. at Ainsworth United Church of Christ, 2941 NE Ainsworth, Portland. Oregon reports more hate crimes than anywhere else in the country. So what do we do about it? Let us start with the premise that the opposite of fear is friendship, and the opposite of "hate crime" is building the Beloved Community. Join a diverse cross-section of community members for the first of an ongoing series of conversations and brainstorming sessions about the kind of world we want to build here in Oregon. Feel free to bring food to share for this community forum and potluck, but also bring your own vision about the kind of world you most want to live in. The only requirement is a commitment to building the Beloved Community in Oregon. Each month the conversation will be "seeded" by a different individual, group, movement or nonprofit dedicated to same. This first forum will be led by Bobbin Singh, executive director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center, which works to promote civil rights and improve legal representation for communities often under served in the past.

July 24
Zero Tolerance: Oregonians Standing Together Against Hate. 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Muslim Educational Trust (MET) Community and Educational Center, first floor Al-Madinah Hall, 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Tigard. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum invites you to a presentation and panel discussion at the Muslim Educational Trust Community and Educational Center to understand the underlying issues and share potential solutions for the recent spike in hate-related incidents. Professor Jack Levin, a nationally recognized expert on violence and hate, will discuss the psychology and dynamics behind this troubling trend. His presentation will be followed by a discussion moderated by Oregon Department of Justice Director of Civil Rights, Erious Johnson. The panel will include diverse community leaders, law enforcement personnel and elected officials, who will share their insights and take questions. RSVP to

August 18
24-Hour Interfaith Chant for Peace—A Day of Song and Chants for Peace. Beginning Friday at noon until Saturday at noon at Great Vow Zen Monastery, 79640 Quincy-Mayger Road, Clatskanie, Ore. During the 24-Hour Interfaith Chant for Peace we come together to appreciate each tradition's unique expression of the universal desire to be free from violence, hatred, and suffering. We form one community and join our voices together, beginning to cultivate the peace and understanding that is so desperately needed in the world. Each hour of the Chant for Peace is led by a different spiritual tradition. There are times of seated chanting and times of circumambulating the monastery. Anyone and everyone are invited to attend for any length of time. There are beds available for napping and a buffet table available for refreshment throughout the event. There is no cost for this event. The food will be potluck-style this year, so please consider bringing a dish to share. This year all donations will be given to Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Rapid Refugee Response Fund. If you know of a group interested in participating they can contact the registrar at

August 22
Faith & Why Unions Matter. 6:30 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave., Portland. Talk with economist Marty Hart-Landsberg about how the strength of labor unions is related to the strength of the economy. Hear about the personal and positive impact being a union member has had on local working people. Explore why unions matter from a faith-based perspective with Rev. Andrea Cano. Presented by the Portland Jobs with Justice Faith-Labor & Portland Rising Committees, and cosponsored by EMO, Center for Christian Voice, and NW Oregon Labor Council.

September 15-16
Re-Learning the Reformation after 500 Years. Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, 15th and Knott, Portland. Renowned Luther scholar Dr. Timothy J. Wengert will present a lecture series focusing on "What Luther Said in the 95 Theses and Why He Said It" and "Luther's View of the Christian Life." Free-will offering. For more information, contact Myrna Sheie at

September 22 to 24
2017 Northwest Permaculture Convergence. 5 p.m. on Friday to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Yale Union Contemporary Art Center, 800 SE 10th Ave., Portland. The Convergence is a conference. Permaculture is a holistic design system for taking care of human needs in ways that are friendly to people and planet. The event will include panels, presentations, plenary sessions, expo, lots of networking. The purpose is to share what we are doing to create more green, resilient and peaceful lives, homes, neighborhoods, communities and world. The Convergence puts a high value on making common cause with all interests in the community. Key concepts - permaculture, reduce eco footprint, live within our economic and ecological means, social uplift. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with people with similar ideals, vision and values we don\'t often meet. Participants will come from all over the Northwest. Learn more and register.

September 23 & 24
Indigenous Wisdom: Pathways to Deeper Awareness
. Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Native American Youth & Family Center, 5135 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland. The Workshop is designed to help those among us who value Native ways, particularly as they relate to re-achieving balance and harmony on the planet and in our lives, find pathways for ourselves and our communities. All revenues that exceed expenses will be shared among the Native organizations that are key contributors to the workshop. We are asking attendees who have the means to contribute $100 or more if possible. No one will be turned away for insufficient funds; please give generously as you are able. If you are unable to attend but would like to be supportive, please go to the Pull Together Now website to contribute. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Barb Jackson,, or (503) 949-7114.

September 30
Jesus Christ: Yesterday, Today, and Forever. 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Avenue, Portland. The 65-voice National Lutheran Choir (NLC) will lead a community-wide evening of singing in commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This unique program, featuring the NLC, a massed choir of singers from local choirs assembled for this momentous occasion, and the congregation, will celebrate the rich treasury of music--from early hymns to new works--expressing the journey of the Church. Registration is $20 (early bird discounts in July and August!); $10 (under 18 or over 60); go to For more information, contact Myrna Sheie at

Collins LectureSave the date: November 2
2017 Collins Lecture, "Wounded Earth, Wounded Humanity: God’s Call for Climate Justice." At Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland. We will explore how climate change disproportionately affects the world’s most vulnerable people, triggering the loss of livelihoods, food 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. If your congregation or organization is interested in cosponsoring the event, please download a Sponsorship Agreement. Online registration will open on September 5.

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