August 2018
Let me keep my distance, always, from those who think they have the answers. Let me keep company always with those who say "Look!" and laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads. - Mary Oliver

Dear Friends,

Perhaps you had the opportunity to see the movie about Fred Rogers, the creator of the TV show "Mister Rogers Neighborhood." The documentary titled “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” tells the story of Fred Rogers' iconic and long-running children’s program. Mr. Rogers, an ordained Presbyterian minister, was so beloved by children because he was genuinely kind and interested in their lives, their feelings, and their futures. Fred was a humble man who wanted to see the child’s perspective. He didn’t presume to know the answers. This is what I took away from the movie. The importance of sincerity, humility and kindness.

Jan Musgrove Elfers
EMO President
"Let Our People Go" campaign to release Sheridan detainees
Clergy and IMIrJ (Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice) supporters are asking faith communities throughout the state to participate in a massive calling campaign to the ICE offices. Starting July 31 and continuing throughout the week, we ask you to mobilize your community to phone bank, email, and flood acting regional director of ICE Elizabeth Godfrey with stories of those detained at the Sheridan Correctional Facility and our demand to “Let Our People Go!” Download sample script .

Contact: Elizabeth Godfrey , Acting Field Office Director, Immigration & Customs Enforcement
Phone:  503-326-3302

We are also asking members of our congressional delegation who have visited Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution to use their power to put pressure on ICE. Download sample script .
Contact: Senator Jeff Merkley,  (202) 224-3753
Contact: Senator Ron Wyden,  (202) 224-5244
Contact: Rep. Earl Blumenauer,  (503) 231-2300
Contact: Rep. Suzanne Bonamici,  (503) 469-6010
Upcoming Events
To learn more about upcoming EMO events and faith community events, visit our Event Calendar . If you would like to submit an event for our website, please fill out an Event Form .
Coming Home: Second Home Celebration Gala
September 13 @ 6 to 8 p.m. at Ecotrust in Portland
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. Learn more and register.
2018 Collins Summit:
Human Migration
November 1 @ 1 to 9 p.m. at Concordia University in Portland
Explore the causes, challenges and opportunities of human migration in an increasingly global society. The event will include afternoon workshop sessions followed by an evening lecture by The Rev. Dr. David Vasquez-Levy and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. Learn more.
The Darkness Sings: The Church’s Unfinished Symphony
August 16 @ 3:00 pm - August 19 @ 5:00 pm at Ascension Camp & Conference Center in Cove, Oregon. Learn more .

Walk with Refugees and Immigrants
August 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm at Gateway Discovery Park, 10520 NE Halsey St., Portland. Join community members and elected leaders as they gather for a one-mile walk to Knott Park, alongside our refugee and immigrant neighbors in a show of support. Learn more.

AIDS Walk 2018
September 8 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, at Fields Park in NW Portland. Join EMO’s HIV Day Center Team to raise funds for AIDS awareness and the HIV Day Center. Learn more.

ALICE: Active Shooter Response Training Course
September 19 @ 8:00 am - September 20 @ 4:00 pm, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Portland. Learn more .

Human Rights in the Holy Land – The Rest of the Story: A Palestinian Film Festival
October 5 @ 7:00 pm - October 7 @ 7:00 pm at Fifth Avenue Cinema in Tigard. Learn more .

A Call to Action: Cultivating Peace featuring Arun Gandhi
October 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church in Portland. Learn more .
Bag It Forward for EMO's HIV Services
Now through January 2019 when you shop at select New Seasons Markets with your reusable grocery bags, you will be given the chance to donate 5 cents per shopping trip to EMO’s HIV Services .

Since the start of the Bag It Forward program, New Seasons Market has donated over a quarter of a million dollars to nonprofits in the communities where it’s located.

To donate to EMO's HIV Services through Bag It Forward, shop at either of these fine locations:
·      University Park New Seasons, 6300 N. Lombard Street
·      Sellwood New Seasons, 1214 SE Tacoma Street
Hosting Makes a World of Difference!
World Oregon is looking for looking for professional hosts for their Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI).
YLAI empowers innovative business and social entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean to strengthen their capacity to advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities through four-week U.S. fellowships and entrepreneurship training. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. WorldOregon is coordinating fellowships for 12 YLAI Fellows from Sept. 22 – Oct. 20, 2018, in Portland. Learn more about YLAI and view Fellows' bios.
Job Opportunities at EMO
Join EMO's talented team making a difference in Oregon! Below are our current open positions. Learn more, including our generous benefits package, on our Employment page.

Paralegal. Provide administrative support for attorneys and BIA accredited representatives, and provide case management for consular processing cases for SOAR Immigration Legal Services. Full time position with full benefits. Closes August 3. View position description.

Office Manager/Legal Assistant: Provide administrative support to SOAR Immigration Legal Services attorneys and accredited representatives. Full time position with full benefits. Closes August 10. View position description.

Staff Attorney ( SOAR Immigration Legal Services). Provide direct legal representation to low-income and culturally diverse immigrants, primarily those in removal proceedings. Full time position with full benefits. Closes August 15. View position description.

Second Home Regional Coordinator (Gresham-Barlow and Clackamas County). Recruit and support students and volunteer home providers in/near the Gresham-Barlow and Clackamas County specified school districts. Full time position with full benefits. Closes August 15. View position description.
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
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