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Interfaith calendar of significant religious dates.

September 27
Oregonians’ Efforts for Peace in the Middle East. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland. This evening of dialogue will feature perspectives and memories shared by three Oregonians — a Jew, a Muslim, and a Christian — who for almost three decades have been struggling together from their common faith, to work, pray, and strive for peace in the Middle East. Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, Mr. Frank Afranji, and the Rev. Dr. Rodney Page first traveled to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza in 1988, during the first Intefada (uprising). They then founded the Oregon Inter-religious Committee for Peace in the Middle East. On New Year’s morning in 1990 they started Cavalcade for Peace in the Middle East just before the first Gulf war. The Cavalcade continued, on New Year’s morning, for many years. Join us for an evening of reflection on the ways they have worked together in Oregon to increase interfaith understanding and foster peace. Jan Elfers, Executive Director of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, will moderate the panel. Questions will be taken from the audience.

September 28
Sacred and Safe Spaces: Addressing intimate partner violence from a faith-based perspective. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at East County Church of Christ, 24375 SE Stark St., Gresham. The training is free; due to limited seating, please pre-register by September 22 by calling (503) 666-8485 or email

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

October 1
Hope Is What We Do: Resilience and creative practices workshop for spiritual, personal and community care. 12 to 3:30 p.m. at Loyola Jesuit Center, 3220 SE 43rd Ave., Portland. Hope is Active workshop: This workshop offers an opportunity to examine our relationship to hope, to our natural emotional reactions to world events, and to new ways of seeing and being in faithful community. We Are Called to Work for Justice workshop: Combining creative arts and contemplative and interactive practices, we start to grow a deeper understanding of ourselves as part of a resilient living community striving for a just and sustainable world. Childcare is available (please RSVP to and a light lunch will be available at noon. Workshop led by Barbara Ford, an activist, facilitator, singer, songwriter and artist with over 30 years of experience working with individuals and groups, including faith groups, activists, intentional communities, non-profits and schools. She's also an arts leader at 350PDX and coordinates the 350PDX Climate Odyssey Program. Registration: $10 or sliding scale as you are able. Register online now or register by calling (503) 777-1491.

October 3
Service of Remembrance. 6 p.m at Celebration Tabernacle Church, 8131 N. Denver Ave., Portland. A service of remembrance for all those we have lost to gun violence in police related incidents.

October 3
St. Francis Vigil. 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Ignatius Catholic Church,3400 SE 43rd Ave., Portland. Join us for an evening of ecumenical prayer and reflection on St. Francis' message of service to others, simple living and care for all creation. Free to attend, no RSVP needed and all are welcome.

October 10
EMO Presidents' Circle Reception: 2017 outreach & listening tour.
4 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, home of Sunriver Christian Fellowship, 18143 Cottonwood Rd., Sunriver, Ore. Please join us for wine, hors d'ouvres and to share your views, ideas and concerns of your communities. Our guests will include EMO Executive Director Jan Elfers, EMO Executive Emeritus The Rev. Dr. Rodney Page, and representatives of EMO's community ministries, public policy advocacy and Presidents Circle. To RSVP for this free event, contact Lisa Westarp at (503) 221-1054, ext. 208, or

October 14
World Vision: Intersection of Faith and Action. 9 a.m. at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, 4040 Sunset Dr., Lake Oswego. Columbia Valley Women of Vision's annual kick-Off event featuring guest speaker Fred Witteveen, National Director, World Vision Bangladesh. Come learn more about World Vision's work and the projects they will be supporting this year! Free to attend and includes complementary brunch. Please RSVP with Kathy Teckman at (503) 591-5818 or

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. 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. 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.

November 7
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.

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

November 16
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 For more information, contact Rania Ayoub at or (503) 579-6621. EMO is cosponsor of this event.

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.


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