September 2019
Dear Friends,
 
On the anniversary of 9/11, I share the following reflection on peace by Joe Volk, former executive secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation:

The prospects for the abolition of war look dim, as dim as the prospects for the free exercise of religion 400 years ago, as dim as the prospects for the abolition of slavery 200 years ago, as dim as the prospects for women’s suffrage 100 years ago. But a saving remnant of a nation could brighten the prospects to make a world free of war and the threat of war. We are called not to despair. We are called not to wring our hands, but to live in a world that is now-but-not-yet, and living in a now-but-not-yet world is how we will construct a sustainable peace.
 
We must never abandon great objectives because they seem impossible to achieve. It is up to us to create the big vision of a peaceful world, and then to courageously build it.

Blessings,
Jan Musgrove Elfers
EMO President
Join us for the 2019 Collins Summit!
About the Collins Summit: Listening at the Margins
Explore a method of listening at the margins of the global community and in our own lives in order to build resilience and resistance for these times.

In a world of increasing fear and violence, how can we build networks of resistance rooted in our spiritual traditions? A third wave of liberation theology turns to the lived experience of people already facing global violence as a testimony of life in the face of death. These communities draw on emerging and ancient spiritualities that grow out of their contexts. They also share wisdom for our own spirituality.

The 2019 Collins Summit will be an opportunity to hear about and practice methods of listening that build strength for social justice work in our local communities.

The Collins Summit is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16, at First United Methodist Church in Portland. The afternoon summit will be held from 1 to 5:15 pm and the evening lecture from 7 to 9:15 pm.

Please register no later than October 9.
Seminar, Dinner & Lecture: $60 general, $30 student with ID.
Evening Lecture only: $25 general, $15 student with ID.

Guest Speaker
The speaker for the evening Collins Lecture will be Dr. Carlos Mendoza-Alvarez , a Dominican priest and internationally known liberation theologian. His theological investigation illuminates the ancestral wisdom, yearning for justice, and hope that emerges from the resistance and resilience of the victims and survivors of global violence. Mendoza-Alvarez’s most recent work has examined what resurrection can mean in a context of thousands of disappeared and murdered in Mexico.

Learn more about the event at emoregon.org .
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Sept. 20, 10:30 am - 3 pm @ Portland City Hall.
Please join EcoFaith Recovery, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, and people around the world in the Global Climate Strike! You are also invited to join us at 10 a.m. for EcoFaith’s Spiritual Grounding Pre-Gathering in partnership with EMO. Meet us across the street from Portland City Hall at Terry Schrunk Plaza near the circular speaking area. Learn more about the Global Climate Strike .
Voices from the Margins
Sept. 14, 6:30 pm - 9 pm @ Spirit of Grace in Beaverton.
Come hear immigrant women, and discuss issues facing immigrants in Oregon today. Enjoy live Brazilian jazz and light refreshments. Speakers and small group discussions will help us know each other better. The public is invited. Learn more .

Aging with Grace: Navigating the Personal Journey of Aging (three-part series)
Sept. 28, Oct. 12 & Oct. 26, 1:30 - 4 pm @ Elsie Stuhr Center, Manzanita Room, Beaverton . Interactive learning through presentations and small group discussions. Fee per presentation: $10 (payable at the door). RSVP: (503) 746-5082 or vivavillageor@gmail.com .

2019 Collins Summit: Listening at the Margins
Oct. 16, 1 - 9:15 pm @ First United Methodist Church in Portland.
The Collins Summit will be an opportunity to hear about and practice methods of listening at the margins of the global community and in our own lives in order to build resilience and resistance for these times, as well as build strength for social justice work in our local communities. The guest speaker will be Dr. Carlos Mendoza-Alvarez , a Dominican priest and liberation theologian. Learn more about the summit and make your reservation .

Nov. 23, 6 - 9 pm @ First Unitarian Church, Buchan Reception Hall, Portland.
Join author Les Leopold and the Oregon Center for Public Policy to explore inequality and its implications for our democracy. Admission: requested donation of $5-20; includes a copy of Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice by Les Leopold. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
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