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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

August 17
Interfaith Service, "United in Love to Overcome Hate." 7 to 8:30 p.m., followed by candlelight procession out to the street, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 2710 NE 14th Ave. (NE 15th and Knott), Portland. Faith leaders and people of good will from around Portland will come together to stand in solidarity against hate groups around the theme, “United in Love to Overcome Hate.” This continues a long-standing interfaith practice in Portland of speaking out together in critical times while taking non-violent direct action for change. Doors will open at 6 p.m., music beginning soon after; top Portland musicians will be participating. All are welcome.

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 20
Walk with Refugees and Immigrants. 11 a.m. at East Portland Neighborhood Office, 1017 NE 117th Ave., Portland. Join us on this walk to inspire a more compassionate, generous and welcoming Portland! Community members and elected leaders will participate in a one-mile walk alongside our refugee and immigrant neighbors in a show of support. Hear refugee and immigrant stories. Enjoy diverse music, food and other family activities. For more information, contact Som Subedi at (503) 260-2487.

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.

August 27
Beloved Community Forum. 5 to 8 p.m. at Southminster Presbyterian, 12250 SW Denney Rd, Beaverton. Starting 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 your neighbors on the fourth Sunday of each month to make new friends and deepen your community relationships. Each gathering will welcome a different community leader who will share their vision of "what are we for" here in Oregon, and offer us a chance to discern and discuss what we are for as well. The August Forum will welcome Kelly Weigel, Executive Director of the Western States Center, a group dedicated to building the power of community organizations that challenge and transform individuals, organizations, and systems, in order to achieve racial, gender, and economic justice. Kelly Weigel will offer her own vision of the kind of world she is working for, and offer us some guiding questions to do the same. Free event. Refreshments will be provided.

September 1 to 7
This Is Hunger (Presented by MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger).
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Congregation Neveh Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Ln., Portland. This Is Hunger is a powerful and interactive exhibit, housed in a big rig, that takes individuals on a journey—one that that will challenge their beliefs about who in America struggles with hunger and why, and inspire them to take action. Free of charge, but registration is required as space is limited in exhibit venue. Register now. For more information, contact Daniela Meltzer (Neveh Shalom Membership & Community Engagement Director): (503) 293-7313 or

September 9
Adjusting Your Sails in the Winds of Change. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center, 8383 NE Sandy Blvd, Suite 205, Portland. Explore the change process, change hindrances, and resistance to change, and learn strategies to manage life changes well. This interactive workshop will be taught by Nancie Potter, JD, LMFT. Registration: $30; Advance registration required; hardship scholarships available. Contact The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center at (503) 253-0964; or register online.

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 21
Peace Summit (International Peace Day). 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Community of Christ, 4837 NE Couch St., Portland. Sponsored by the Global Prosperity and Peace Initiative, Peace Summits will take place in 196 nations on International Peace Day. Local everyday Peace heroes will be honored. VIP speaker is Harris Zafar, national spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, and author of Demystifying Islam: Tackling the Tough Questions. See Free to attend. For more information, contact Lori Anne Rising at (503) 866-9509 or

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 LectureNovember 2
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. 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. The cost to attend the seminal 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! If your congregation or organization is interested in cosponsoring the event, please download a Sponsorship Agreement. Learn more about the event.

November 15-16
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

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