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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

April 29
People's Climate Movement March. 12 to 4 p.m. at Dawson Park, N. Stanton Street & N. Williams Ave., Portland. Join OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and 350PDX to march for climate justice. Exact time and location are to be determined. Go to opalpdx to sign up for updates as they become available, organizations (with permission from leadership) can endorse the event, or visit the event Facebook page.

May 2
Peace, Land & Rice: An Ecumenical Banquet for Peace.
Time: 7pm - 9pm Location: Vancouver First United Methodist Church: 401 E 33rd St, Vancouver. Please join us for an ecumenical banquet promoting peace and justice from Portland and Vancouver to the Philippines, hosted by Pinoy Van Port Ministries. This event will feature two keynote speakers/human rights advocates: United Methodist Church minister Christopher Hamera and Lumad leader Dulphing Ogan. Aside from free dinner, there will be a live DJ and dancing. This is a family-friendly event, child-care is provided. Registration is free. Learn more.

May 6
From the Depths of Grief and Loss: A Workshop of Understanding. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Northwest Catholic Counseling Center, 8383 NE Sandy Blvd, Suite 205, Portland. As humans we all experience loss but we don't always recognize grief when it comes to us. Sometimes we don't understand how losses have been mounting up for us until we start asking questions like these: I am so sad every day; is this normal? How will I know if it has turned into depression? No one in my life has recently died, so why do I feel like I am grieving? How will I ever find my way through this sadness and confusion? If you have asked yourself such questions, join us for insights, answers, and hope at From the Depths of Grief and Loss. Presented by former NCC staff member, Nancie Potter, JD, LMFT. This is an encore presentation of a popular workshop presented last year. Registration: $30; Advance registration required; hardship scholarships available. Contact The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center at (503) 253-0964; or register online at www.nwcounseling.org/services/workshops/.

May 6
Pure Imagination: Songs of Long Ago and Far Away. 7 p.m. at Hillsdale Community Church UCC, 6948 SW Capitol Highway, Portland. Acclaimed Portland mezzo soprano Alexis Hamilton and pianist Rodney Menn team up for a magical evening of song and poetry, including works by Copland, Schumann, Duparc, and Porter. A silent auction will feature weekend getaways, themed gift baskets, gift certificates, and more. All proceeds benefit the ministries of Hillsdale Community Church UCC. Registration: $20; tickets sold in advance and at the door. For more information, contact Cindy Van Loo at (503) 680-1146 or cindyvanloo54@gmail.com.

May 11
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.

May 13
MET's Annual Dinner and Cultural Night. 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Muslim Educational Trust, 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard. Join MET  for a unique evening filled with cultural performances by students of the Islamic School of MET and Oregon Islamic Academy. Funds raised will support MET's educational scholarships as well as building bridges of understanding through silk road cultural diplomacy and positive integration programs for new immigrants and refugees. Cost: $40 per person. Dinner is included. Free childcare is provided for children under 10. Tickets are available through www.metpdx.org or call MET at (503) 579-6621 to reserve your tickets! 

May 18
Sacred and Safe Spaces: Addressing Intimate Partner Violence From a Faith Based Perspective. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Eastside Church of Christ, 9030 NE Glisan St, Portland. This event is sponsored by the Agape Church of Christ and is a free training. Due to limited seating, please pre-register by May 10; call (503) 313-5329 or email office@agapecoc.com.

May 21
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.

May 31
Interfaith Council of Greater Portland's (ICGP) Spring Interfaith Breakfast, hosted by Providence St. Vincent Pastoral Services. 9 to 11 a.m. at Providence St. Vincent, 9205 SW Barnes Rd., Portland (Stanley Shaffer room 20-23, located in the East Pavilion). At the ICGP Spring Breakfast, learn about the interfaith work of the Pastoral Services Department of our hosts at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. We will have the privilege of welcoming Jan Elfers, Executive Director of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, to share with us about "Healing Our Beloved Community," and Amy Livingstone, a local, sacred artist, will guide us in creating a mandala for the healing of the ill, our community, and the earth. This breakfast is a wonderful opportunity to network with interfaith groups in the Greater Portland area and develop and deepen our interfaith friendships and partnerships. We hope you will join us! Breakfast will be provided as our hosts are generously catering the event. There will be vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and kosher/halal options available. Please feel welcome to share this invitation with your friends and interfaith colleagues. The event is free, registration required by May 24. Register at icgpdx.eventbrite.com. For more information, please visit facebook.com/icgpdx or contact at connect@icgpdx.org or (503) 489-9904.

June 9
Getry Agizah Speaking Tour. 7 p.m. at the Multnomah Friends Meetinghouse, 4312 SE Stark St, Portland. Getry Agizah is a Kenyan peace activist and social change agent. Speaking topics include preventing violence in the August 2017 Kenyan election, TCSC development projects at the Mount Elgon Peace Center, and peace building and trauma healing workshops.

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.

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