We are in this together

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize now more than ever our need for one another. At EMO, we are making the necessary adjustments to preserve the safety of our staff, volunteers and clients, as we continue to keep our direct service programs open for our community.

About Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO)

Committed to mutual respect and understanding, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon brings together diverse communities of faith to learn, serve and advocate for justice, peace and the integrity of creation.

Striving for unity in Jesus Christ and seeking to honor our sacred traditions, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon envisions communities of faith in ministry together creating a more peaceful, just, sustainable and compassionate world.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon traces its roots back to 1917 with the formation of the Home Mission Council, established to promote evangelism among the churches of Oregon and to provide a means for the churches to cooperatively work together. In 1919, the Portland Council of Churches was established by 25 Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox congregations of Portland. EMO was founded in 1974, following the merger of the Oregon Council of Churches and the Portland Council of Churches. EMO remains one of the longest established ecumenical organizations in the United States. 

Learn more about EMO by watching a short video with EMO President Jan Musgrove Elfers. (SoundView Recording & Films)

Leadership Transition

EMO President Jan Musgrove Elfers has announced her retirement effective June 2021. Jan has faithfully served Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon for over 18 years and left an indelible mark. Her faithfulness and humility make her an exceedingly effective leader. Thanks to Jan, we are in a wonderful position as an organization. We’re financially stable, our programs are thriving, and our statewide impact is growing. While we are sad to see Jan go, we celebrate her years of service and remarkable impact.

Watch this video interview to gain a deeper insight into her decision to retire and what is next for EMO. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to emo@emoregon.org if you have any thoughts or questions.

advocacy & action

We bring the faith community’s voice to the policy-making process at the Oregon Legislature to ensure a life of possibility for all Oregonians. Learn more

community service

Our diverse direct service programs offer hunger, nutrition and social support; affordable housing opportunities; and refugee and immigration services. Learn more

creation justice

We connect, inform and empower people, congregations and religious institutions to work for care and renewal of the earth through education and advocacy. Learn more

education & dialogue

We offer opportunities that celebrate Christian unity, foster interfaith relations, and explore ethical and moral issues with workshops, lectures and prayer vigils. Learn more