September 2020
Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here.
By Wendell Berry
Dear Friends,

I walked on the beach yesterday morning on a pristine summer day, for the first time in a very long time. It was early morning and the tide was low. Very few people were out. The low tide exposed rocks teeming with sea life—barnacles, mussels, sea anemones and sea stars. I pondered the words, “what we need is here.” And in that moment, I understood. May we find a quietness in our hearts, in the midst of the world’s turmoil. What we need is here.

In love,
Jan Musgrove Elfers
EMO President
Upcoming (virtual) 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.
Save the date for the 2020 Collins Summit, "Shalom in Divided Times: Can we create just peace and real unity?"
Nov. 18 @ 7 - 8:30 p.m.
EMO's annual Collins Summit will use a virtual format to explore racial, political and social divisions. We’ll ask how we bring our whole selves to the table and stay engaged in light of our differences, not in spite of them. The program will feature Lisa Sharon Harper, a prolific speaker, writer and activist. She is one of today’s leading voices on the topics of poverty, racial justice and transformational civic engagement. Also featured will be the work of the Common Table initiative, a groundbreaking collective of interfaith leaders in Oregon. The cost will be $10 (scholarships available). Registration will be available on EMO's website by Sept. 21.
Week of Sept. 14
This year’s Dining Out For Life fundraiser for HIV services did not happen as planned due to the pandemic. Instead, we are holding a different event inviting you to dine at our partner restaurants during the week of Sept. 14 (view partner restaurants). We are not asking our partner restaurants to contribute this year; this event is strictly to support them. However, we will accept direct donations to EMO’s HIV Day Center and OHSU’s Partnership Project. Our services have continued during COVID, as have the needs of our clients. Donate now.
Oct. 4 @ 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
EMO’s Oregon Interfaith Power & Light (OIPL) is hosting an interfaith time of worship and community building. Oct. 4 is St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day, so we will learn about his concern for creation, as well as hear about the creation oriented practices in the Jewish calendar. We will spend time getting to know others around Oregon who are interested in creation justice. You will also learn about EMO / OIPL’s upcoming launch of regional Circles. Register now (free).
Beginning Sept. 13 @ 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Join First Christian Church of Portland beginning Sunday, Sept. 13, for a nine-week discussion of the book “How to Be an Antiracist.” Three groups will be organized: Sundays at 4 p.m. and Mondays at 7 p.m. & Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Copies of the book are available at Powell’s, your local book seller, on your Kindle or, other ordering options. Learn more and register.

Sept. 19 @ 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Join the Oregon Synod of the ELCA for a day of rest, learning and delighting in what God can do in us when we come together to take seriously Christ's call to love our neighbor as ourselves, and scripture's challenge to heed the wisdom of the eloquent and of the "least of these." Only $25 per screen for adults over 21. Learn more and register.

Sept. 24 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cost: $30. Register online at or by phone at (503) 253-0964. A Zoom link will be sent day of workshop.

Sept. 27, 2020 - Jan. 24, 2021
This four-month study will offer a unique opportunity to reframe many of the environmental and cultural crises currently facing humanity, while exploring the time-tested solutions offered to us by Indigenous Wisdom. Led by the Eloheh Indigenous Center for Earth Justice, in partnership with EMO and EcoFaith Recovery, this course will begin and end with in-person instruction from Randy and Edith Woodley (read their bios) onsite at the Eloheh Farm in Yamhill. Online classes will continue (October – January) on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Learn more and register.

Sept. 30 @ 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Care for creation intersects with racial justice and the health of the soil, water and air. Presented by EMO, this webinar will feature representatives from EcoFaith Recovery, speaking on “Just Vote: Personal Stories for Community Action.” Register now.
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.
Community Organizer (SOAR Immigration Legal Services): Develop leadership within Washington County and rural northwestern Oregon Spanish-speaking communities to promote immigrant led grassroots organizing in order to promote permanent and positive social change. Full time with benefits. Position closes Sept. 16. View full position description and how to apply.

Long-Term Survivors Program Coordinator (HIV Services): Develop and implement a comprehensive, holistic educational program to assist HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors (LTS) in developing personalized self-care programs to manage the impacts of their medications and medical history on their physical, mental and emotional well-being for all LTS clients of EMO’s HIV Services programs, as well as referrals. Full time with benefits. Position closes Sept. 18. View full position description and how to apply.

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Advocate (Russian Oregon Social Services): Provide effective, culturally specific sexual assault services to the Russian-speaking population. Full time with benefits. Position open until filled. View full position description and how to apply.
Other Employment Opportunities
EMO's faith partner Ainsworth United Church of Christ is hiring a Director of Extreme Cold Weather Shelter. Learn more about the position and how to apply.
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
503-221-1054 | |