March 2021
What’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn? That since day one, she’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not.
Rupi Kaur, poet
Dear friends,
March is National Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day is on March 8. The first gathering was held in 1911.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and it marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. For despite progress, in 2020 women still make only $0.81 for every dollar a man makes. And the gender gap widens for women of color.

As people of faith, it is important to speak out for the dignity of all women, to lift up women’s accomplishments and to commit ourselves to challenge gender injustice.

In love,
Jan Musgrove Elfers
EMO President
My feminism means daily affirming the full humanity and capabilities of women as part of God’s beloved creation.
The Rev. Jennifer Bailey, clergywoman for the African Methodist Episcopal Church
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.
On March 11, EMO is kicking off our Creation Justice Advocacy Team 2021 by joining a global action in the morning and meeting together for training and education in the evening. In Oregon, join us for this day of action with other grassroots faith activists and be inspired to speak up for climate justice. Learn more.
Save the date for EMO's Spring Event on May 19! With the theme, “Light in the Tunnel,” the virtual event will feature stories and songs from across the state that highlight the kind of work being done in communities of faith to serve others and carry the banner of hope and love for all people. More details coming soon!
March 6 @ 9 to 11 a.m.
This free Zoom virtual conference for all faiths will include a multi-faith panel and a keynote by Steven T. Collis, JD, "Fairness for All: Religious FreedomAmidst Covid and a Changing Culture." Learn more.

March 25 @ 4 - 6 p.m.
We live in a society where most of us have never had any formal education about emotions -- let's change that! Learn what emotions are, how they work, and how to deal more effectively with our own emotions and other people's. Learn more and register.
2021 Oregon Legislative Session
During each legislative session, EMO's goal is to empower people of faith with the advocacy tools they need to put their faith into action.

To add your voice and your values to our public conversation, sign up for updates on the issues that are most important to you. Visit our Calendar of Engagement with a list of key dates for the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session, as well as events and opportunities to get involved.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s policy work is guided by our Statement of Social Principles. Learn more about EMO's Advocacy & Action efforts and our Legislative Priorities (including written testimony submitted to the Legislature). 
Employment Opportunities at EMO
Join EMO's talented team making a difference in Oregon! EMO offers a generous benefits package. Visit our employment page for more details.
Grants Manager | We are seeking a dynamic and talented individual to manage our $2.5 million+ grants portfolio and to help it grow into the future. This person will be responsible for overseeing every aspect of EMO’s grants program including grant writing, networking, reporting, research, project management and more. Full time with benefits. Position closes on March 26, 2021. View position description and how to apply.

Finance Assistant | We are seeking a highly conscientious individual to be our new Finance Assistant. This person will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks in assisting with the financial operations of EMO and its nearly $6 million budget. Part time (20 hours/week) with benefits. Position closes on March 15, 2021. View position description and how to apply.

Staff Attorney at SOAR Immigration Legal Services | Provide direct legal services to low income and culturally diverse immigrants. Full time with benefits. Position closes on March 8, 2021. View position description and how to apply.

Office Manager at SOAR Immigration Legal Services (temporary) | Provide supervision of support staff, develop and enforce policies and procedures, and provide administrative support to the Director of Immigration Legal Services. Full time; temporary six months with possible extension. Open until filled. View position description and how to apply.

Other Employment Opportunities:
The Maranatha Church of God (MCOG) in northeast Portland has an immediate opening for a bi-vocational Senior Pastor position. View position description and how to apply.
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
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