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June 2018

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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September 2018

AIDS Walk 2018

September 8 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fields Park, 1099 NW Overton St
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Join EMO's HIV Day Center Team! Walk &/or raise funds for AIDS awareness to raise funds for EMO's HIV Day Center. The Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) generously gives the HIV Day Center 60% of the funds we raise for our team! Use our free registration code: DayCenter (the code is good until the day of the walk). To register, go to aidswalkportland.org/registerstart.asp. Enter the “Promo Code” DayCenter and then hit “Payment.” Our team cheerleader will be in touch throughout August…

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Coming Home: Second Home Celebration Gala

September 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ecotrust (Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center), 721 NW Ninth Ave.
Portland, OR 97211 United States
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What does “home” mean to you? Join us in a fun-filled, informal, pizza- and love-fueled fundraising celebration for Beaverton Second Home, a community-wide commitment to provide safe and stable homes for the unaccompanied high school students among us. This event is family-friendly in every way. Enjoy live music and bid on silent auction prizes. All contributions go towards sustaining Beaverton Second Home. Your support will truly make a difference in the lives of our young people! Please make your reservation…

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Our Voice, Our World, Our Future (Premiere Screening)

September 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
MetroEast Community Media, 829 NE 8th St.
Gresham, OR 97030 United States
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Join us for a free premiere screening of "Our Voice, Our World, Our Future" — a short 20-minute film that explores the effects of climate change on low income communities in Portland, Ore. Often unrecognized as a serious social concern in our region, the film focuses on how climate change impacts the lives of Portland's most impoverished and vulnerable people. Featuring two senior year projects, "Our Voice, Our World Our Future" gives voice to five senior high school students from…

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Faith and Why Unions Matter

September 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock
Portland, OR 97212
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This free event is a forum exploring the relationship between our faith and the protection of worker rights, and the effect of declining labor unions on income inequality. Dr. Martin Hart-Landsberg, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Lewis and Clark University, is the keynote speaker. The agenda includes workers telling their stories about how people of faith have effectively advocated for worker rights in labor disputes, a faith response by Fr. Jack Mosbrucker, and a Q&A panel. Information and resources about how…

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Lift Every Voice Oregon Rally Day

September 25 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Oregon State Capitol Steps, 900 Court St NE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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At this rally, we are crying out for common-sense gun safety measures to make our communities safer. Lift Every Voice Oregon calls on the Oregon State Legislature to pass legislation to ban the future sale of assault weapons and large-capacity gun magazines. Students are back in class, but our work is just beginning. During this short week of Legislative Days, we call on our state leaders to help make Oregon a safer place to live, learn, grow, and graduate without…

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Film Screening & Discussion, “Rikers: An American Jail”

September 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
First Unitarian Church, 1211 SW Main St.
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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The United States is facing a crisis of mass incarceration with over 2.2 million people packed into its jails and prisons. To understand the human toll of this crisis, Rikers Island is a good place to start. Of the more than 7,500 people detained at Rikers Island on any given day, almost 80% have not yet been found guilty or innocent of the charges they face. All are at risk in the pervasive culture of violence that forces people to…

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October 2018

A Call to Action: Cultivating Peace

October 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, 3138 N. Vancouver Ave.
Portland, OR 97227
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Keynote speaker Arun Gandhi will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi. Arun teaches the philosophy of nonviolence to move our world in the direction of peace. This is free community event; donations welcome for Arun Gandhi's Schools in India.

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