March 2019
“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19

Dear Friends,

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Christian season of Lent. On Ash Wednesday we remember that we are human, mortal, and that our lives are short.

In the words of the prayer written by the late Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw, "We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.”

In this time of pondering and penitence, may we discover freedom in doing something that is good, and in doing it very well.

Jan Musgrove Elfers
EMO President
Join us for EMO's Annual Benefit Dinner & Awards Celebration
Interfaith Advocacy Day 2019
Policy in the Pews
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 .
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.
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 payment goes directly to EMO’s HIV Day Center and the Partnership Project.
March 7, 6 - 8 pm @ TaborSpace in Portland. Join L’Arche Portland for monthly potluck dinners and community celebrations at Taborspace! Upcoming dates: April 4, May 2, June 6. Learn more .

March 14, 7 - 9 pm @ Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland. Award-winning Portland urban architect George Crandall suggests practical responses from his groundbreaking book, Fixing Your City. Proceeds from book sales during the event will support EMO's Creation Justice. Learn more and RSVP .

March 14, 7:30 - 9:30 pm @ Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center in Portland. Learn more .

May 14, 8 am - May 16, 5 pm @ Portland First Church. Learn more .

May 19, 2:30 - 6 pm, Portland State University Viking Pavilion. Global oceans champion Dr. Sylvia Earle will speak about the future of our oceans as the 2019 Visiting SAGE. EMO is cosponsoring this event. Learn more .
Clackamas Women's Services is currently recruiting Camp Counselors and Support Staff for Camp HOPE America - Oregon on Mt. Hood!

Help create a community of support, joy, and empowerment for children and youth impacted by trauma. Camp HOPE America - Oregon will run from June 23 to July 6. Camp Counselors are dedicated young adults, ages 17 to 25, who are interested in joining us for two weeks of camp where they will build relationships with campers and create a safe space filled with fun, playful experiences. Support Staff are caring adults who would like to dedicate at least two consecutive days at Camp and assist with the day-to-day mechanics of Camp HOPE.

Visit the Camp HOPE website for more information or contact
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. Position open until March 8. View position description and application instructions .
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
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