Groundbreaking Immigration Reform Policy
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by Michelle Bush
1M ago
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon In the United States, non-citizens experience disproportionate consequences within the criminal justice system, as compared to naturalized citizens. Committing a non-violent offense as a non-citizen can, and often does, result ..read more
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Understanding: The CME Church
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by Michelle Bush
1M ago
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, familiarly known as the CME Church, was organized in 1870 in Tennessee by 41 former slave members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Composed primarily ..read more
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Congregation Opens Cottage Doors to Newly Arrived Refugees
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by Michelle Bush
1M ago
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon This winter, our city experienced an ice storm. Portlanders had trees fall on their homes, pipes that burst and flooded houses, and other impacts which displaced people from their homes ..read more
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Volunteering in the Family
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by Michelle Bush
1M ago
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon As I write this, I’m looking at an Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) HIV Services volunteer award hanging on my office wall, dated May 6, 1995. I received the award after ..read more
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Leap of Faith: My experience as a volunteer home provider
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by Michelle Bush
1M ago
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon It has been almost a year since my husband and I became host home providers to our student, Katya [name changed for privacy], through the Second Home program. I was ..read more
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Creating Shelter in Oregon’s Changing Climate
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by Michelle Bush
8M ago
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Our Oregon summers are getting hotter as our climate is changing. I recently drove to Pendleton with a few staff members of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) to attend a ..read more
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A Conversation We Need to Have
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by Michelle Bush
8M ago
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Domestic violence exists in every racial, national, economic and socio-cultural group, including faith communities that often tend to be more conservative and reserved on such issues. This makes outreach in ..read more
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Building Tools for Affordable Housing on Congregation Land
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by Michelle Bush
8M ago
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon When University Park United Methodist—now Portsmouth Union Church—first began dreaming of building affordable housing on our plot of land in north Portland in early 2015, we thought, “We’re in a ..read more
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My Path to Citizenship
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by Michelle Bush
8M ago
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon With a broken heart but a suitcase full of dreams and opportunities, I decided to immigrate to the United States in 2016. The thought of leaving Cuba and starting a ..read more
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NEFP: Feeding Our Neighbors
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by Michelle Bush
1y ago
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Meet Northeast Emergency Food Program’s (NEFP) Manager, Jon Makler, who joined the team last October. For 40 years, NEFP has met the urgent food needs of our Portland metro area neighbors. Tell us about your background. Professionally, I spent more than 20 years working as an urban planner with a mission to reduce the social and environmental damage associated with transportation systems. I grew up outside of Philadelphia and am a practicing Quaker, which is much more exotic in Oregon than in Pennsylvania! Why did you choose to work for EMO? I decided to l ..read more
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