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2020 Collins Summit: Shalom in Divided Times

November 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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It’s no secret we are living in unprecedented and divided times. Racial unrest, political tensions and COVID-19 have impacted nearly every aspect of our lives. What do shalom and unity look like in 2020? Shalom is a Hebrew word that means wholeness, harmony and peace. It’s a complex idea, often oversimplified, similar to the way “unity” becomes a euphemism for sameness.

Through a virtual format, we will explore these racial, political and social divisions, asking how we bring our whole selves to the table and stay engaged in light of our differences, not in spite of them.

The Summit will include a lecture from Lisa Sharon Harper, a live Q&A, and the opportunity to hear from members of the Common Table and their important work.



Lisa Sharon Harper
A prolific speaker, writer and activist, Ms. Harper is the founder and president of FreedomRoad.us. She is one of today’s leading voices on the topics of poverty, racial and gender justice, and transformational civic engagement. Learn more.

The Common Table
An Oregon-wide collection of interfaith leaders who have committed to learning more about one another, trusting one another and standing together—even in the midst of real differences. Learn from this groundbreaking effort to cultivate shalom and create real unity. Learn more.


Watch on your computer, phone, tablet or smart TV.
7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.
Registration fee: $10 (scholarships available).


Since 1967, the Collins Summit (previously the Collins Lecture) has explored the intersection of faith, ethics and public life. This has been a signature event of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and its predecessor organization, the Portland Council of Churches. The event is funded in part by the Collins Foundation.


Cosponsors to date include: American Friends Service Committee; Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oregon & SW Idaho; Episcopal Diocese of Oregon; Heritage Bank; The Rev. Susan M. Kintner; Muslim Educational Trust; Neil Kelly Co.; Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church; Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary; Sunriver Christian Fellowship; Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church.

If your organization or faith community would like be a cosponsor of the Collins Summit, please fill out the Sponsorship Agreement Form. View Collins Summit Promotional Toolkit.



November 18, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
(503) 221-1054
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