November 2022
The November issue of FaithConnect falls midstream in my time as EMO’s Acting President. Our board of directors has chosen a new President of EMO, who won’t arrive until Dec. 14. Thus, we find ourselves in that “already but not quite yet” phase—like kids eagerly awaiting presents to drop down the chimney! Our new President will be introduced within the next few days. Be on the lookout for the announcement in your inbox.

While we anticipate what the next chapter of EMO holds for us, we are not just hanging out. November has lots going on, and you are invited to join in. Be sure to use our Voter’s Guide to the Oregon Ballot Measures as you fill out your ballot, due Nov. 8. And if you haven’t already done so, sign up now for the 2022 Collins Summit on the campus of Multnomah University next Thursday, Nov. 10, with its timely focus on “Religious Trauma: Understanding the harm and supporting healing.”

On Nov. 30, we will gather for our first in-person World AIDS Day event in three years – a free pancake breakfast at our own HIV Day Center. Also this month, our Northeast Emergency Food Program welcomes its new manager, Jon Makler—just in time to help a host of volunteers transition to post-pandemic operations and meet the critical holiday season of need.

Meanwhile, our Development team is preparing critical year-end appeals, and our Finance team is putting the finishing touches on next year’s $7 million budget targeting the needs of tens of thousands of clients. Our Public Policy and Creation Justice staff and volunteers are gearing up for the 2023 Oregon Legislative Session that begins on Jan. 17, Oregon Interfaith Earth Summit in February, and Interfaith Advocacy Day in May.

I especially want to highlight our amazing Board of Directors. These 21 dedicated and skilled volunteers meet year-round in board and committee meetings to provide EMO stellar oversight. On Nov. 16, they meet again to approve our 2023 budget and legislative priorities. Immediately after, Sean Langdon, our Chair-Elect who has led our Presidential Search Committee, leaves us for a new assignment in the Midwest. Hats off to Sean and all this great team who have delivered us this next chapter we’ve all been waiting for!
Howard N. Kenyon, Ph.D.
Acting President
Vote and Make Your Voice Count
The Nov. 8 election is a statewide general election and is vote-by-mail. Voters can use any official ballot drop site in Oregon to return their completed ballot. Locate ballot drop boxes on the Oregon Secretary of State website, Ballots may also be returned in person or by mail to a county election office by 8 p.m. on Nov. 8.

View EMO's recommendations in our “Voters’ Guide to 2022 Oregon Ballot Measures.” We are privileged to provide thoughtful guidance to people of faith and goodwill and help connect current ballot initiatives to deeper values. Visit EMO's Advocacy & Action page at
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.
Nov. 10 @ 7:30 p.m. Hybrid event: attend online or in person at Multnomah University in Portland. Our keynote speaker will be Connie A. Baker. Cost: $20 general; students FREE. Learn more and register now.
Nov. 30 @ 8 a.m. Hosted at EMO’s HIV Day Center in northeast Portland. Donations encouraged! All contributions go towards sustaining EMO's HIV Services programs to support those living with HIV/AIDS. Please RSVP at
Nov. 6 @ 7 - 8:30 p.m. Free hybrid event, in person at Lake Oswego Stake Center, 14903 Westlake Dr., Lake Oswego. A keynote speaker and a distinguished panel of Oregon faith leaders will give insights from their experiences in building bridges within their communities, especially with those whose beliefs are different. Learn more, including a list of speakers, and get Zoom link.
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 about the positions below and how to apply.

Faith Member Employment Opportunity
Multnomah Monthly Meeting of Friends (Quakers) is hiring a First Day School (Sunday School) Coordinator to develop and implement the First Day School Program in collaboration with their Children’s Program Committee and volunteer teachers. This is a part time, paid position, up to 8 hrs/week. If you are interested in learning more about the position and hiring process, please contact
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
503-221-1054 | |