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June 2018

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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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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Somali Festival

August 25 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lents Park, SE 92nd and SE Holgate
Portland, Oregon 97266 United States
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The second annual Somali Festival will include free food, music and parking, as well as a soccer tournament. Music by Niceupradio - CMB Sound.

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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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ALICE: Active Shooter Response Training Course

September 19 @ 8:00 am - September 20 @ 4:00 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock
Portland, OR 97212
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ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) provides preparation and a plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. ALICE Training option based tactics have become the accepted response, versus the traditional “lockdown only” approach. This two-day course is designed to give you the background and research behind the optional response strategies and hands-on experience with the ALICE proactive response. Upon completion of the course you will be…

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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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