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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

February 20
Reclaiming Moral Power: Jobs with Justice Faith Labor Breakfast. 7:30 a.m. at St Andrew Catholic Church, 806 NE Alberta St, Portland. Annual breakfast that brings together members of the faith and labor community to discuss and celebrate campaigns, and to life up the contributions of people of faith to the movement for worker justice in Portland. Registration: $15. Learn more.

February 20
An Evening with Joshua DuBois, President Obama’s Faith Advisor, on “Faith in America Today,” with music from some of Portland’s finest jazz musicians.
7 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, 2710 NE 14th Ave., Portland. Free and open to the public. CNN Contributor, author, and CEO of leading consulting company, Joshua DuBois is one of our country's top voices on community partnerships, religion in the public square, and issues impacting African Americans. Joshua led the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships under President Obama and was called the President's "Pastor-in-Chief" by TIME Magazine. In the White House he brought together community leaders from across the ideological spectrum to tackle the nation's biggest challenges.

February 25
Resonance Ensemble Presents: SOULS – A part of the Celebration Works Concert Series. 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1200 SW Alder, Portland. Join Resonance Ensemble for this free concert as they explore the mystical traditions of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, with their common threads of selflessness and compassion. The centerpiece of the concert will be Portland composer Theresa Koon's Where Everything Is Music , a cycle of twelve Sufi pieces for choir with soloists. In combination with the music, there will be a visual installation and a post concert talk with discussion questions posed by the collaborators, including the Muslim Education Trust and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Four hours of free parking will be offered in FPC's underground garage (entrance on SW 12th between Morrison and Alder).

February 28
Everybody Reads 2018, "Sanctuary City: What does it mean?" 6 to 7:45 p.m. at the Portland Central Library, U.S. Bank Room, 801 SW 10th, Portland. Portland's sanctuary city designation raises questions and controversy. Why did the city adopt the designation and how does it affect immigrant rights and law enforcement? Portland State University brings together immigrant advocates, city officials and scholars in this panel discussion. Panelists include: Nick Fish, Commissioner, City of Portland; Caroline van der Harten, EMO's SOAR Immigration Legal Services; Rae Anne Lafrenz, Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice; Mike Reese, Multnomah County Sheriff; Marc Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Portland State University, Department of History; Romeo Sosa, Executive Director, Voz; Vailey Oehlke, Director, Multnomah County Library; Alex Sager, Chair, Portland State University, Department of Philosophy.

March 6
The Poor People’s Campaign Orientation. 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Ainsworth United Church of Christ, 2941 NE Ainsworth, Portland. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. We need you to step up and join our efforts. Learn more about the Poor People's Campaign.

March 9
Criminal Justice Reform, Dementia, and Social Media workshops at the Spring Presbytery. 10 to 11:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1200 SW Alder St., Portland. Three workshops will be presented. HEARING THE CRIES FOR JUSTICE presented by EMO: Congregations Taking Action for Criminal Justice Reform. This presentation will present a brief survey of Northwest prisons and background information about criminal justice issues. It will engage participants in ways they can take action, through their congregation, to help work for reform. At the heart of this panel will be the voice of author Latif Bossman, someone who has experienced life behind bars: he will share about his experience of the justice system; in particular, how it impacted his role as a father. WHEN A MEMBER OF YOUR CONGREGATION HAS DEMENTIA: In this presentation, you will learn several telltale signs that a member of the congregation might have dementia; how other members of the congregation can help most effectively and how the church can help the family caregivers. Presented by Anne P. Hill, a member of Multnomah PC. COMMUNICATIONS AND SOCIAL MEDIA FOR CONGREGATIONS: Learn about utilizing social media and your website for outreach. How do you target different groups and analyze the effectiveness of your campaign? Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cherie Elliott at

March 22
Safe and Sacred Spaces Faith Based IPV Training. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Spirit of Grace Church, 7400 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Beaverton. Abuse Training from Faith Based Perspectives. This is a free training workshop; due to limited seating please preregister by March 16 by emailing or calling ( 503) 646-1344. Download flyer for more details.

May 1 to 3
Engaging the Climate Crisis: A Pastoral Response. At Ashland First United Methodist Church. The focus for this free training is to offer faith leaders the opportunity to network, learn how to best support their communities and congregations, and process the hope, grief and urgency of climate work in a sacred sanctuary space. Learn more. Free to attendees. Apply now for the training. For more information, contact

Annual Benefit

Save the date: May 16
EMO's annual Benefit Dinner & Awards Celebration. Reception & Silent Auction at 5 p.m., followed by Dinner & Awards Presentation at 6:30 p.m., at the Benson Hotel, 309 SW Broadway, Portland. Cost: $100 per Person Festival Seating; $2,000 for a Table of Ten (Includes Bronze Sponsorship and Reserved Seating). Learn more and make your reservation.


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