On April 22, Planet Church is sponsoring a Climate Science Forum at noon, right after church in the Fireside Room.
Dr. Christina Hulbe will speak on current climate research and what it suggests about the impact of climate change, both locally and globally.
Her presentation will also include her own on-site research into how glaciers and ice shelves are responding to our warming planet.
Dr. Christina Hulbe is a geophysicist who specializes in glaciology, using computer simulations of glacial systems to study how and why they change over time.
While much of her work is computational, Christina has also spent four field seasons in the remote interior of west Antarctica.
A light lunch will be provided.
Sunday March 25, 2012 12:00- 2:00
Light lunch and child care provided
Ever widening income gaps, Record home foreclosures, very high unemployment, food banks and shelters at peak levels…
This is a Forum to help us understand and better relate to this current condition in which we live.
One voice for the often voiceless is the Occupy Movement. Two persons will represent the movement: Liam Doherty-Nicholson who works in Occupy Outreach and Education and Sam Smith who founded Occupy Tomorrow and brings the movement to his neighborhood through artistic and internet technology.
Paul Schroeder comes to us from The Orthodox tradition and his work among the homeless and poverty in Portland. Paul will bring a theological respective on today’s conditions.
This promises to be a rich combination for which each of us will want to be present.
A Sunday Forum February 26, 12-2 PM
(Light lunch provided)
Joan Schweizer Huff, MA of Portland’s Dougy Center and Leslie Storm of the Oregon Partnership a nationally certified suicide prevention organization will lead our forum.
We will seek to gain better understanding of Prevention, Intervention and Postvention before, during and after this crisis or traumatic event has occurred.
It is designed to help us better understand our experience as a congregation and help us be better prepared when crisis may occur.
We will attempt to have a learning experience helpful for all including youth, young adults’ family members and friendship networks.
The events design will include discussion, question and answers and potential follow-up gatherings. Friends and interested persons are encouraged to attend.
On Sunday, February 12, 2012, at noon in the Fireside Room, The Church and Society for Social Justice Committee will present a forum on Hunger in Our Neighborhood. It will address issues like: What can we do about the food Insecurity in our neighborhood? How is it that the children of Oregon are among the hungriest in the nation? How does the food that we bring to the FISH barrel relate to Oregon Food Bank, and what is SNAP and SNAP For Seniors?
We welcome the insights of two leaders in our city on hunger issues: Robyn Johnson, Community Advocacy Coordinator at Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (PHFO) and Oregon Hunger Task Force (OHTF). Both organizations work to end hunger before it begins by promoting the well-being and economic security of all Oregonians and eliminating the underlying causes and consequences of hunger through public policy, advocacy, coalition building and Monica Beemer, the Executive Director for Sisters of the Road. Since 1979, Sisters Of The Road has been an essential part of the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood. Sisters offers a space to build community, empower, learn from one another, dine with dignity and organize for justice and human rights for all. It seeks systemic solutions to the issues of homelessness and poverty.
The United Methodist Women are sponsoring a forum on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at noon in the Fireside Room. Dr. David Poindexter will be speaking on the issue of: “What do women have to do with population?”
David is known internationally for his work in entertainment-education broadcasting and his creation of the Population Communication Center. He has served as convenor for UN International Conferences on Population in Mexico City and Cairo. He still continues his work throughout the world and serves as President of the Portland Chapter of UNA-USA.
David, who is an ordained United Methodist pastor, will also autograph copies of his recently published book, Out of the Darkness of Centuries. David and his wife Marion are active members of our congregation.
If you’ve enjoyed the postings from our volunteers and want to learn more about the VIM team’s experiences in the Holy Land, you may wish to attend the Forum that they will be presenting on Sunday, November 20.
A light lunch, featuring Middle-Eastern foods, will be served and team members will share their photos and stories – as well as offer suggestions on ways the FUMC community can contribute to programs working for peace to this troubled area of the world.
Here’re some of the photos that they will be showing at the forum:
You can read the blog entries they posted every day here.