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April 2018

Dining Out For Life

April 26

Dine out on April 26 at participating restaurants and a portion of your bill will be donated to Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's HIV Day Center and Partnership Project to support people living with HIV/AIDS in the Portland metro area. A list of participating restaurants is at diningoutforlife.com/portland. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/ DiningOutForLifePortland.

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May 2018

EMO’s Benefit Dinner & Awards Celebration

May 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Benson Hotel, 309 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Benefit Dinner & Awards Celebration 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…

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June 2018

Responding to Immigrant Detention in Private Prisons

June 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Multnomah Friends Meetinghouse, 4312 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215 United States
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Pedro Sosa, Director of Project Voice Immigrant Rights Program of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), will present information and engage us in interactive activities to better understand the devastating effect of private prisons on immigrant detainees and their families. We will learn ways to be allies to immigrants and to resist the inhumane treatment which serves to enlarge corporate profits. Immigrants belong in our communities, not in private prisons. All are welcome to attend. Childcare will be provided. For…

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Religion as a Force for Good in a Multicultural, Multifaith World

June 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Commons at Willamette View, 1661 SE River Ridge Drive
Portland, OR 97222 United States
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Join EMO's Presidents' Circle for a free presentation on Oregon's faith movement by Jan Musgrove Elfers, president of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Please bring friends and join us for wine and hors d'oeuvres. To RSVP, call (503) 221-1054, ext. 208, or send a message to Lwestarp@emoregon.org.

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Road to Sheridan: Sunday Faith Response to Separated Families

June 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Federal Correctional Institution Sheridan, 27072 SW Ballston Rd.
Sheridan, 97378 United States
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Clergy of ten Oregon churches have committed to participating in a Sunday worship service in response to immigrant children who have been separated from their families. We are asking all faith leaders and faith communities throughout Oregon to join us in Sheridan for this special moment of prayer-in-action. The Sunday Service in Sheridan (called “The Road to Sheridan: Love Leads Us”) will include all the traditional worship elements (communion, prayer, music, sermon, etc.), but it will also include a direct ask…

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Canceled: “Signing Sabbath Weekend”

June 29 - July 1

You may have heard on the news about the Oregon ballot initiative that EMO is supporting to help prevent gun violence by banning the sale of assault weapons. With time already running short to collect the signatures needed to get our initiative on this fall’s ballot, the Oregon Supreme Court sent our ballot title back to Attorney General Rosenblum. The Lift Every Voice campaign has suspended signature gathering and will withdraw the petition from consideration for this year’s ballot. For…

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July 2018

Criminal Justice Sabbath

July 6 - July 8

We are inviting communities to hold their Criminal Justice Sabbath over the weekend of July 6-8, 2018. There's no one way to hold a Criminal Justice Sabbath, and what this event looks like will depend on your faith tradition and the stories of people in your community. Learn more now and download the 2018 Criminal Justice Sabbath Guide for resources for worship, preaching, adult education, and action at http://emoregon.org/cosa/criminal-justice-sabbath/.

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Interfaith Service of Solidarity

July 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Federal Correctional Institution Sheridan, 27072 SW Ballston Rd.
Sheridan, 97378 United States
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Join us for an Interfaith Service of Solidarity at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, where 121 immigrants and asylum-seekers are being unjustly and inhumanely detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This gathering has been organized by local clergy of Yamhill County, along with the the Sikh communities of Oregon and southwest Washington, in partnership with the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice.   Check out the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2151856738424558/

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August 2018

The Darkness Sings: The Church’s Unfinished Symphony

August 16 @ 3:00 pm - August 19 @ 5:00 pm
Ascension Camp & Conference Center, 1104 Church Street
Cove, Oregon 97824 United States
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$180

The history of Western Christianity is a racialized history with biblical images of light and dark mapped positively and negatively to race: whiteness and blackness. The Rev. Jemonde Taylor examines how well-intentioned theological practices contribute to or re-instantiate the exclusionary power of race in U.S. society. Some Christian practices around worship and spiritual formation re-inscribe racism instead of disrupting racism. Conference attendees will examine the biblical imagery around darkness, experience worship in the Ethiopian Christian tradition, and study the writings…

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Walk with Refugees and Immigrants

August 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Gateway Discovery Park, 10520 NE Halsey St.
Portland, OR 97220
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Parks for New Portlanders, in partnership with Sunday Parkways, invites you to Walk with Refugees and Immigrants. Join community members and elected leaders as they gather at Gateway Discovery Park for in a one-mile walk to Knott Park, alongside our refugee and immigrant neighbors in a show of support. This event recognizes the unique experiences of new Portlanders, of all ages and backgrounds. Hear refugee and immigrant stories Enjoy diverse music, food, and other family activities We invite all neighbors, faith-based…

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