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June 2018

Dear Friends,

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other. Mother Teresa
Once we recognize this profound truth, everything changes. We see our own face in that of a "so-called" stranger. We know that our purpose is to truly be friend and family to one another. And we are freed to live into the peace that is available to us through God's abundant grace.
I invite you to be a part of the movement led by the interreligious community and youth to reduce gun violence. See the details below.
In peace

Jan Musgrove Elfers
EMO President   
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Be a signature gatherer for Initiative Petition 43 to prohibit the future sale or transfer of assault rifles, high-cap magazines in Oregon.   
Initiative Petition (IP) 43 would prohibit the future sale or transfer of assault rifles, high-cap magazines in Oregon. Read more about IP43. 

Signature gathering for this initiative will take place as soon as the Oregon Secretary of State issues the ballot title, most likely between June 26 and July 5. The deadline to submit signatures is July 6. Because signatures cannot be gathered until the ballot title is assigned, we anticipate needing to collect the signatures in a very short period of time for it to become a ballot measure in November. Your involvement is critical!
To participate in this critical effort, attend one of the following statewide trainings (each training begins at 7 p.m.):
June 11, Portland: Augustana Lutheran Church, emphasis on youth involvement , 2710 NE 14th Ave.
June 13, Salem: St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 790 Marion St NE.
June 14, Eugene: First Christian Church, 1166 Oak St.
June 19, Portland, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave.
June 20, Bend: Trinity Episcopal, 469 NW Wall St.

Additional trainings will be announced at a later date. If you are interested in hosting a training, go to Lift Every Voice. Thank you for your support for this important initiative to reduce gun violence!
Upcoming EMO Events
For further details about the following EMO events, please visit the EMO Event Page.

June 7
EMO Presidents' Circle: Religion as a Force for Good in a Multicultural, Multifaith World. 
3 to 5 p.m. at The Commons at Willamette View, 1661 SE River Ridge Drive, Portland. Join us for a presentation on Oregon's faith movement   by Jan Elfers, president of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Please bring friends and join us for wine and hors d'oeuvres. RSVP (503) 221-1054, ext. 208, or Lwestarp@emoregon.org.  
Save the Date: November 1
The 2018 Collins Lecture on Human Migration, "A World Uprooted."
At Concordia University, Portland. Guest speaker will be The Rev. Dr. David Vasquez Levy, Pacific School of Religion.

Upcoming Member Events
For further details about the following events, visit emoregon.org. To include your upcoming event, please fill out our Event Submission Form.

June 2
2018 Portland-Beaverton Wear Orange Event.
1 to 4 p.m. at Elizabeth Caruthers Park (South Waterfront), 3508 SW Moody Ave, Portland . Wear Orange events will be held nationwide to recognize individuals and communities impacted by gun violence, share our dedication and commitment to each other to take on the work ahead and celebrate and share our collective stories of success in working to reduce gun violence in our country. This day of recognition will show that there is a strong movement of Americans committed to stop gun violence. Learn more at   facebook.com/MomsDemandActionOR/.

June 3
Jodo Shinshu Basics. 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Oregon Buddhist Temple, 3720 SE 34th Ave., Portland. All classes are open to the public. Beginners and the curious are welcome. Suggested donation is $5 per class. For more information, visit oregonbuddhisttemple.com.

June 3
Responding to Immigrant Detention in Private Prisons. 12 p.m. at Multnomah Friends Meetinghouse, 4312 SE Stark St. Portland. Pedro Sosa, Director of Project Voice Immigrant Rights Program of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), will present information and engage us in interactive activities to better understand the devastating effect of private prisons on immigrant detainees and their families. We will learn ways to be allies to immigrants and to resist the inhumane treatment which serves to enlarge corporate profits. All are welcome to attend. Childcare will be provided. For more information, contact Kathy French at (801) 995-8472.