February 2019
“There is strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy.”
Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Dear Friends,

We are all broken. But realizing our brokenness deepens our compassion and enables us to become healers. The world needs wounded healers.

Jan Musgrove Elfers
EMO President
Next month: 2019 Interfaith Advocacy Day
This Week: Climate Lobby Day in Salem
Participate in "Public Witness in the Pews"
With the goal of engaging congregants and strengthening communities through collective action, we are piloting a series of statewide worship bulletin inserts. Like EMO’s “Climate in the Pulpit” weekends in 2018, we envision congregations around the state focused as one on a common issue during a given weekend of worship services. Congregants would take home inserts and hear a sermon, prayer or announcement on that topic. Each insert would highlight one of four key areas of focus:
  • Climate Justice
  • Serving Refugees and Immigrants
  • Peace and Reconciliation (Criminal Justice, Death Penalty Reform, Gun-Violence Prevention)
  • Meeting Basic Human Needs (Youth Homelessness, Hunger, Income Inequality)

Read this letter inviting you to participate , and use our first insert ( full page or half-page ) on Climate Justice the weekend of February - or beyond.

Contact Britt Conroy , EMO Public Policy Director, at (541) 602-2050 or bconroy@emoregon.org about having EMO help you as a pilot congregation, print the inserts and prepare brief announcements.
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 .
Interfaith Advocacy Day
March 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ St. Mark Lutheran Church and the Capitol Building in Salem.
Attend issue briefings and workshops on advocating for compassionate legislation regarding housing, hunger, health care, gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, immigration and climate justice. Then join in a march to the State Capitol, where we will make our faith voice heard in meetings with our state legislators.
Hearing the Cries for Justice
March 22 & 23, at First United Methodist Church in Eugene.
This regional summit will equip people of faith and goodwill to support their neighbors impacted by the legal system. This one-and-a-half day event will bring together experts in the field to share opportunities for people of faith to help change hearts, minds and society itself.
EMO's Annual Benefit Dinner & Community Awards Celebration
April 24, 5 to 9:30 p.m. @ The Benson Hotel in downtown Portland.
Join us for the single most important annual fundraiser for EMO's vital ministries for Oregon's most vulnerable. We will also honor extraordinary individuals and organizations.
Dining Out For Life Portland
April 25 at participating restaurants
We dine out to end HIV. You can too! When you dine at a participating restaurant on this day, between 20 to 35% of your bill goes directly to EMO’s HIV Day Center and the Partnership Project.
February 19, 7:15 - 8:30 am @ St. Andrew Catholic in Portland. Learn more and register .

March 2, 9 am to 5 pm @ Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Portland.
Free event to raise awareness about Human Trafficking and support for organizations doing work to combat this issue. Register now .

May 14 - 16 @ Portland First Church in Portland. Learn more and register .
Oregon Supreme Court Affirms Sentencing Reforms
As a supportive partner of an amicus brief submitted by Partnership for Safety & Justice (PSJ), EMO was encouraged by thiscourt ruling last week.

In State v. Vallin, the Supreme Court of Oregon affirmed that the sentencing reforms EMO and our allies have championed do not violate Measure 10. This ruling will allow the Safety and Savings Act (HB 3078) of 2017 to continue to help make steps toward healing a broken justice system. 

For more information, please contact adecoursey@emoregon.org  or read more .
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.

Staff Attorney ( SOAR Immigration Legal Services ) : Provide direct legal representation to low-income and culturally diverse immigrants, primarily those in removal proceedings. Full time with full benefits. Open until filled. View position description and application instructions .
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