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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.
Beloved Community Forum. 4 to 6 p.m. at Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, 3138 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland. Join a diverse cross-section of your neighbors for a meaningful discussion about immigrant rights, while making new friends and deepening your community relationships. As with each Beloved Community Forum, we will welcome a community leader to share their vision of "what they are for," and offer us all a chance to discern and discuss what we are for as well. This gathering will be led by Ramon Ramirez, president of PCUN- Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United), Oregon's farmworker union and the largest Latino organization in our state. Ramon has lived in Oregon for over 40 years, and has dedicated his life to immigrant rights and social justice. Refreshments will be provided. Free event, donations accepted.
Evening with Portland Just Energy Transition Initiative. 7 to 9 p.m. at Congregation Havurah Shalom, 825 NW 18th Ave (at Kearney), Portland. The Havurah Climate Action Team invites you to this Shabbat service, where we will be joined by Jo Ann Hardesty, President of the Portland NAACP, and Anaïs Tuepker, from 350PDX, who will lead a presentation after a short service about the Portland Just Energy Transition Initiative. The initiative has been developed by a diverse group of local organizations representing communities of color and the climate movement in Portland. Come, learn more, and find out how you can help. No charge for this event. For more information, contact Michael Heumann at (503) 880-2226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portland Opera ToGo. 7 p.m. at Ainsworth United Church of Christ, 2941 NE Ainsworth St., Portland. Portland Opera ToGo is Portland Opera's flagship outreach program. Each season they tour Oregon performing 50 minute English language opera for school children and communities. The evening is emceed by Alexis Hamilton, Education and Outreach Manager for Portland Opera.
Khalil Bendib: The Pen is Funnier Than the Sword. 3 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ,1126 Park Avenue, Portland. Born a war refugee in Paris during Algeria's war of independence, artist Khalil Bendib exhibits his political cartoons. The free exhibit, open Oct. 1 through Nov. 26, features political cartoons, immigration, Islamophobia and racial justice in America.
2017 Collins Lecture, "Wounded Earth, Wounded Humanity: God’s Call for Climate Justice." Seminar from 1 to 5:15 p.m. and lecture from 7 to 9:15 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland. Join us for education, reflection & a call to action! What is climate justice and why is it a civil rights issue? Explore the ties between ecological justice and social justice as we respond to God's call to be faithful stewards of Creation. Learn about innovative, practical ways to protect people, places and the common good through individual, legislative and congregational actions. Join in building spiritual resilience to meet the challenge of caring for our beloved Earth home. 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. Also featuring music by Anna Fritz. The cost to attend the seminar and lecture (includes dinner) is $50 general and $25 for students with ID; to attend the lecture only, the cost is $25 general and $15 students. Register securely online now! You may also download a registration brochure. If your congregation or organization is interested in cosponsoring the event, please download a Sponsorship Agreement. Learn more about the event. For more details, including a detailed agenda and a complete list of workshops, download the event program.
Why the Middle East Still Matters: How Treatment of Minorities Influences History. 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st, Portland. Free dinner and discussion with PSU Professor of History Dr. Laura Robson on how past politics of minority vs. majority drive repressive tactics, producing the refugee, resettlement and human rights issues seen world-wide today. RSVPs appreciated for meal planning to email@example.com.
Circle of Strength: Women's Fundraising Brunch. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Riverside Golf and Country Club, 8105 NE 33rd Drive, Portland. NW Catholic Charities Counseling Center's 16th Annual event will feature speaker Soraya Deen, co-founder of Peacemoms (promoting Christian/Muslim dialogue) and founder of the Muslim Women Speaker's Movement. Registration: $40 per ticket; Table (8 tickets) $280; Half Table (4 tickets) $140. Contact: (503) 253-0964 or go to www.nwcounseling.org.
Postponed: November 7 (check back for new date)
Stories of Understanding: Finding Home. 7:30 p.m. at the Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., Portland. The Institute for Christian Muslim Understanding is hosting an evening of storytelling around the theme "Finding Home," in the hope that by coming together and listening to one another we will build the kind of Beloved Community so many of us desire.
Preparing for Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest. All day at University Place Conference Center, Portland. The conference is sponsored by the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC), a network of over 250 mental health, resilience, climate, faith, disaster response, and other professionals working to prevent harmful psychological & psycho-social-spiritual reactions to climate impacts and use them as catalysts to increase both human and ecological wellbeing. Learn more about the conference. Full rate: $375; Early bird (ends Sept. 15) $295. Register now. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Docudrama film screening, "The Sultan and the Saint." 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Muslim Educational Trust, 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Tigard. The docudrama film is about Muslim-Christian Peacemaking narrated by Academy Award Winner Jeremy Irons. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, at metpdx.org. For more information, contact Rania Ayoub at email@example.com or (503) 579-6621. EMO is cosponsor of this event.
The Great Thanksgiving: Ecumenical Communion Celebration. 4 to 5 p.m. reception and 5:10 to 6:30 p.m. worship service at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 5828 NE Eighth Ave., Portland. You are invited to give thanks. Join us for an ecumenical communion service as we offer gratitude for the Beloved Community in Oregon. This inclusive event will include music, dance and poetry, as well as a powerful message of unity centered around the call to Christ's table. With leadership by The Rev. Terry McCray Hill and other faith leaders from across the Christian family, this gathering of fellowship and praise is a unique opportunity to honor the common ground we are called to by our faith in Christ. Please plan to join us in giving thanks, that we may be one. The Great Thanksgiving is free and open to the public. No registration required. A freewill offering will be received for local community ministries. The Great Thanksgiving is cosponsored by Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, the Beloved Community in Oregon, and the Columbia District of the United Methodist Church.
Save the Date: January 30, 2018
Hearing the Cries: Welcome Home Convocation. At Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland. The Convocation will bring together people of faith and goodwill for information, inspiration, and training to engage in prison ministries and understand the deeper social issues behind our legal system. The specific emphasis of the convocation will be to equip and motivate faith communities to engage in the ministry of hospitality for persons returning from prison and supporting families of the incarcerated. Admission is $10, and advance registration is required. Learn more about the event. Download an event flyer.