You are invited to an evening forum at Lake Oswego United Church of Christ to view and discuss a video of Jose Antonio Vargas addressing “The borders within my identity” which include immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, undocumented immigrants, and the church. The forum will take place Monday, June 26, beginning at 7:00 pm. You can download a flyer with more details. Continue reading
MFSA has endorsed Ballot Measure 88, which would affirm the action of the legislature to allow for a driver’s card to be issued to otherwise qualified drivers who cannot prove their status as legal residents. The campaign “YES Safe Roads” has recently kicked off, and it includes a component specifically for faith groups. In these documents, you can find campaign materials that can be used with churches and other faith groups. See Claudia Roberts’ article in our August newsletter for more information about what you can do.
Safe Roads endorsement
Faith Messaging Letter
Safe Roads Faith info
SEEDS OF HOPE FOR PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELIS
What is required of us?
Find out what is really going on with the occupation of Palestine. Be informed and ready to act. Speakers will include Rev. Brian McClaren, authors Max Blumenthal and Mark Braverman, and many others.
The conference will be held at First United Methodist Church in Portland April 4 and 5. Details about the conference and registration for one or both days is available at http://www.fosna.org/content/portland-or-conference-april-4-5-2014
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Religious leaders and members from a number of Oregon’s religious communities will gather on October 16 for a public banquet in support of the abolition of the death penalty at Portland’s First United Methodist Church. The “People of Faith Against the Death Penalty” banquet is sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to Death Penalty (OADP) and will begin at 5:30PM, with a reception preceding dinner. First United Methodist Church is located, at SW 18th and Jefferson in Portland.
Download the Flyer for complete details.
MFSA is a supporter of OADP and continues to advocate for abolition of the death penalty in both Oregon and Idaho.
Click on this link Fall Event 2013 to download the information for our September 28 event at Wilsonville UMC. We will join together from 9 am to 3 pm for a study of the document on the global structure of the United Methodist Church that was prepared for the 2012 General Conference. Since the Conference didn’t act on most of the report, there is an opportunity for everyone to have input before 2016. Download Worldwide Report to 2012GC now if you would like to preview it.
If you have no idea what this has to do with God’s call for justice and peace in our world, you are exactly the person we need at this event. You are likely to be shocked by some of what you learn about the way things are done now, and we hope you will have some better ideas to share.
The event is free. There will be coffee and a few morning snacks. You are invited to bring something to share for a potluck lunch. Join us, and bring a friend.
As you have probably heard, this month marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs, Justice, and Freedom. Major public events will happen on August 24 and 28. MFSA’s national office on Capitol Hill will be open during both events. In addition, MFSA will present two events on August 27, both in downtown Washington. Details of both are on this flyer.
If you will not be in DC for the events, you can still participate through social media and by sending postcards to your members of Congress. Get details from MFSA by visiting the website.
Dee Poujade, a member of Portland First UMC, has recently spent three months in Palestine and Israel with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. She will be at the Annual Conference session in Boise, and she would like to talk to as many people as possible about the realities of life there. You can learn more about Dee and her experiences by reading her blog here. You can also contact Dee through her blog.
MFSA is sponsoring legislation to form a committee to study how we can impact the situation there. If you will be attending the conference session, please become as informed as you can.
The chapter executive committee met on May 15 and reviewed the legislation that was submitted to the annual conference. The committee made recommendations on many of these petitions. You can view the recommendations by clicking on this link: AC Petition Summary and Recommendations 2013. Please feel free to download, print, and share this document with anyone who will be voting at the conference session in Boise.
At least three members of the Oregon-Idaho chapter attended a rally on the steps of the Oregon State capitol on April 4 to advocate for legislation that has been introduced to the 2013 session. The laws would limit guns in schools and in the capitol building, require background checks for all gun purchases, and require applicants to pass a firing test for a concealed handgun license.
Along with those in support of the legislation were a nearly equal number of opponents. Chances for passage of any of these bills are uncertain. A hearing is scheduled for April 5 on all four bills. MFSA members are urged to contact their legislators with their opinions.